When staying in the Lake District there are lots of things to do in Windermere without a car. Especially when some of the best Windermere attractions, walks and boat trips are on your doorstep.
Things to do in Windermere Without a Car
Top things to do within easy access of the Windermere Boutique Spa Suites include:
Windermere Lake Cruises – Make the most of England´s longest lake, and explore Windermere by boat. A combined ticket includes a boat trip to Lakeside, a trip to the Haverthwaite Steam Railway, entrance to the Aquarium of the Lakes and return trip by boat to Bowness.
The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction – One of the most visited attractions in the Lake District, the World of Beatrix Potter is situated in Bowness. Re-creating the famous children´s stories, including the Tale of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck, this fun attraction is a great place to bring the kids!
Aquarium of the Lakes by Boat
Situated on the southern shore of Windermere, the award-winning Lakes Aquarium is popular with visitors of all ages, and you can enjoy a re-created trip below Windermere, the Seashore Discovery Zone, the Virtual Dive Bell, the Over Lake Tank and much more.
Windermere Steamboat Museum – Highlights of the museum include: The S.L Dolly, 1850, which was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest mechanically powered boat in the world, Miss Windermere IV, 1958, built from mahogany by Borwicks of Windermere, T.S.S.Y Esperance, 1869, which is the oldest boat on the Lloyd´s Yacht Register and was probably the first twin-screw yacht to be built in Britain, and Canfly, 1922, which was built in Bowness and made use of a Rolls Royce engine designed to power a Royal Naval Airship.
Wray Castle – Take a boat to the other side of Windermere, followed by a gentle 4.5 mile walk to the castle. Owned by the National Trust, the gardens of Wray Castle are open to the public, and are well worth a visit. There is even a Mulberry tree in the grounds, planted by William Wordsworth in 1845.
The Lakeside Haverthwaite Steam Railway
Take a boat trip to this top Windermere attraction. Combined tickets include the Beatrix Potter Attraction and the Aquarium of the Lakes on the shores of Windermere, plus train rides to Ambleside, Haverthwaite and Newby Bridge.
Mountain Goat Tours of the Lake District – Available to pick up directly from the Windermere Boutique Spa Suites, the Mountain Goat Tours provide hop on/hop off bus tours running between Bowness and Grasmere, with stops at various locations, including at popular walking routes, shops, lakes viewpoints and sites of interest.
There are excellent bus and rail connections from Windermere Train Station, which is about 2.5 miles from the hotel. For more details about any of these activities, or for up-to-date news about local events, ask at the Aphrodite’s Hotel reception.
If you can drag yourself away from the luxurious Windermere Boutique Spa Suites, you will find plenty of things to do in Windermere without a car. Many attractions are open all year round. Book a spa retreat in Windermere with Aphrodites Lodge.