The Queens Local Area

The Lake District

Windermere and the surrounding areas are the most famous and popular area in the whole of the Lake District. There are a range of activities, attractions, places of interest and things to do around the lake, and on it!

There are an endless number of things for you to do within proximity of The Queens at Windermere. Whether you like shopping, walking, fishing or just a day out with the family. We are your perfect pitstop for refreshments.

We are in the center of Windermere within walking distance of Windermere Bus and Rail station. Bowness on Windermere is within walking distance and Troutbeck and Ambleside can be accessed by just a short drive.

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Lake Windermere is England’s largest lake, it’s 10.5 miles long and 219 feet at its deepest point. For the more energetic, the Windermere Way is a 45-mile path that surrounds the whole of the lake! Windermere is a small town, which lies just over a mile from the lake shore. The town has outdoor shops and numerous independent stores selling gifts, art, clothes and more. Windermere is also home to the Lakeland shop which sells selling a range of kitchen, home, and garden goods. There are numerous activity centers tourist attractions across the town all within walking distance of the Queens.


Bowness-on-Windermere is one of the busiest places along the shoreline of Lake Windermere and has several jetties for cruise boats. Walk down to Bowness-on-Windermere, treat yourself to one of the many Lake Cruises to Ambleside or Lakeside. You could also take the Windermere ferry across the Lake and visit Esthwaite Water, Hawkshead or the vast Grizedale Forest.  Bowness has a high street that stretches down to the lakeshore. Shops include well-known high-street names, independent shops, antique shops, art galleries, independent gift shops, and local food producers.

Key Attractions and Activities

Due to our lakeside location it is not surprising that there is a range of water-based activities, from sailing to kayaking. You can hire boats by the day or by the hour or take various cruises. The museum of boats can be found at Bowness. The World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness is popular for children, here you can meet Peter Rabbit and his friends. Blackwell House is a celebration of the Arts and Crafts movement. The Brockhole Visitor Centre has a treetop trek, mini golf and much more. Visitors are also welcome at St Martin’s Church, built in c.1480, replacing an earlier church of 1203.