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Kendal Museum

Kendal Museum

Whilst staying in one of our Lake District Cottages or fine Lake District Self Catering Holiday Homes you may like to dip into a few of our towns and villages for a bit of shopping, café culture and maybe sample the varied cultural side of Cumbria. Kendal Museum is a must for families as part of a day out in Kendal.

The Museum

Kendal's first museum was formed in 1796 by William Todhunter who exhibited a collection of fossils, plants, minerals, animals and antiques. In 1835 the Kendal Literary and Scientific Society took over the museum. The society included among its members Dr Thomas Gough, Professor Adam Sedgwick, John Ruthven and Dr John Dalton. As the collection grew, the Museum had to be rehoused several times. 

In the early 1900s money problems forced the sale of some exhibits; the rest were offered to the town. In 1913 the current building - formerly a wool warehouse - was offered to the Town Council for the purposes of housing the museum. After World War One the collections were moved to the new building and the museum was run by a series of honorary curators on behalf of the Town Council. One of these curators included Alfred Wainwright, the famous guide book author and fellwalker, who gave up his spare time for 30 years to look after the collections. Today the museum is cared for by Kendal college wher the adjoining building house the Kendal College Arts Centre.

Wildlife Garden

The Museum has established a small wildlife garden which provides different habitats such as a pond, marsh, and heather beds.

The pond is home to fish, frogs and newts and various types of aquatic insects.  There are two types of bird boxes, one to attract small birds like blue tits, and the other for swifts, swallows or housemartins.

The plants have been selected to appeal to all kinds of flying and crawling insects which will, in turn, attract the birds which feed on them.

The wildlife garden can be viewed from a corridor in the museum and is often visited as part of our wildlife-themed children's events.  We usually restrict access to the garden in order to provide a safe haven for the wildlife, however, if you would like to visit the garden please ask at the museum reception desk and we will be happy to open the door!

For More information on the Museum visit http://www.kendalmuseum.org.uk/index.php


Staying In A Lake District Cottage Close To Kendal Museum

Wherever you choose to take your Lake District Holiday, nowhere is far away. The Cumbria National Park is quite a compact area, but with lots of variation crammed in. From gentle valleys, ancient woodland, our huge lakes which reflect the sky and landscape and of course the soaring mountains and craggy fells are all easy to explore, this along with a host of welcoming towns and villages.

If you need your holiday cottage to be near Kendal Museum we have a good selection of fine Lake District Cottages within easy reach. If you need any advice on the best choice of Self Catering Cottage for you, we all know our holiday cottages well and would be pleased to help find the most suitable.

Below is a selection of those Lake District Holiday Cottages nearest to Kendal Museum.

For more information on our collection of fine Lake District Cottages and Lake District Self Catering Holiday Homes, use our Availability Search or Lake District Cottage Browsers.

2 Hodge Howe Cottages - Set near the shores of Lake Windermere with lakeside access, this is a super Cottage for 4 close to Bowness

Nanny Goat Cottage - As one of the finest 5 Star Gold Lake District Holiday Cottages, Nanny Goat Cottage offers its guests a very special holiday home for 4.

Honey Pot Cottage - As one of the finest 5 Star Gold Lake District Holiday Cottages, Honey Pot offers its guests a very special holiday home for 4.

Middle Bank - A popular retreat for couples or small families sleeping 4 set in the quiet Lyth Valley.

Pengennett - Capplerigg - One of our finest 4 Star Gold Lake District Cottages, offering guests a very special romantic retreat in a quiet valley surrounded by fell.

Lands End Cottage - Super cottage for four in the Rusland Valley, lying between Coniston and Windermere

Simpson Ground Farmhouse - Full of character this super 18th C Lake District Cottage sleeping 8 offers true peace and tranquility.

Nethercroft - As one of the finest 5 Star Gold Lake District Holiday Cottages, Nethercroft offers its guests a very special holiday home for 4.

Ducks Haven - The perfect romantic retreat is offered by this super modern 4 Star Gold Lake District Cottage, set close to the village of Cartmel.

Ducklings Retreat - The perfect romantic retreat is offered by this super modern 5 Star Lake District Cottage, set close to the village of Cartmel.

Drakes Cottage - A popular 4 Star retreat for couples set close to the picture perfect village of Cartmel.

Wharton Barn - A popular 4 Star retreat for couples set right in the heart of the picture perfect village of Cartmel.

1 Bridge Cottages - Lake District Cottage sleeping 4

No 2 Rose Cottage - One of our finest 4 Star Gold Lake District Cottages, offering guests a very special romantic retreat in a quiet village with nearby Inn.

Hill View - Set in the village of Bouth and next to the White Hart Inn this makes for a great Lake District Holiday Cottage.

The Old Pottery - Lake District Cottage sleeping 3- This popular little cottage for 2 lies in the village of Lindale, close to Grange and Cartmel.

Summer Hill House - Apartment 4 -

The Nook -

Heron Beck - This 5 Star Gold Luxury lake district cottage offers the finest accommodation for 10 guests in comfort and style.

Apt 5 - Cark House - This super lake district apartment offers the finest accommodation for couples set in the village of Cark.

Wheelhouse Cottage - This 4 Star lake district cottage sleeping four, sits right by the river in the village of Cartmel.

Lyme Cottage - Lake District Cottage sleeping 2- This popular little cottage for 2 lies in the village of Lindale, close to Grange and Cartmel.

Broad Oak - Possibly the finest house in the Lake District offering huge comfort for 8 guests

Brookside - This Lake District Cottage offers the finest accommodation for 4 guests set in the super village of Cartmel..

Rockwood - Lake District Cottage sleeping 10

No 1 Rose Cottage - One of our finest 4 Star Gold Lake District Cottages, offering guests a very special romantic retreat in a quiet village with nearby Inn..

Kiln Cottage - A Charming 4 star Lake District Cottage sleeping 4 in a quiet village with a super pub only 2 minutes walk

Top Bank - A popular retreat for couples sleeping 2 set in the quiet and beautiful Lyth Valley.

The Bothy - This popular little cottage for 2 offers a romantic retreat set near to Windermere

Shepherds Nook - One of our most popular Lake District Cottages offering guests a special romantic retreat in a quiet valley surrounded by fell.

Millers Loft - This popular little cottage for 2 lies in the village of Lindale, close to Grange and Cartmel.

Mill End - This excellent 4 Star Lake District Cottage for 4 lies in the quiet and peaceful Lyth Valley.

Yew Tree Cottage - A super 4 Star Lake District Cottage sleeping 2 set in a quiet village with super pub 2 minutes walk away.

Ash Cottage - A super 4 Star Lake District Cottage sleeping 4 set in a quiet village with super pub 2 minutes walk away.

2 Kiln Houses - A Charming 4 star Lake District Cottage sleeping 3 in a quiet village with a super pub only 2 minutes walk

Causeway House -

Tom Crag Barn - A Lake District Holiday Cottage,Tom Crag offers its guests a very special holiday home for 4.

Rossendale House - This 5 Star District Cottage offers the finest accommodation for 4 guests set in the super village of Cartmel..

No 3 Church View - Lake District Cottage sleeping 2

The Old Police Station - Lake District Cottage sleeping 6 - 7

The Mews - Capplerigg - One of our finest VB 4 Star Gold award Lake District Cottages, offering guests a very special romantic retreat in a quiet valley surrounded by fell.

These are just a selection of our hand picked Lake District Cottages, to see our full range either use our search facility or take a leisurely look at our cottage browsers.

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