Situated at the southern edge of the Lake District, Kendal is a vibrant Cumbrian market town with a thriving community and a proud history of innovation and prosperity.
The town’s origins date back thousands of years and reminders of its past can be seen today in the famous ‘yards’ and former mills that remain a tangible connection to its industrial heritage. Homes and properties for sale in Kendal include period and traditional properties, as well as smart riverside apartments, imaginative conversions and new build developments boasting plenty of character. There are also many flats and modern apartments in Kendal close to the historic town centre to complement the fantastic range of larger family properties for sale.
While Kendal’s streets exude historical charm, they’re also buzzing with more up-to-date attractions; the town centre is a magnet for shoppers looking for an exciting retail experience. Popular high street brands rub shoulders with specialist local providers and independent traders – together offering an increasingly rare combination.
All the amenities you’d expect to find in a large market town are here – plus a few surprises. As well as the stores, banks, cafés, bars and restaurants, there are artisan bakers, a coffee merchant and chocolatier.
A leisure centre with a swimming pool is located on the outskirts of the town, while a renowned venue for theatre, cinema, music and cultural events – The Brewery Arts Centre – is at the hub of Kendal’s arts scene. Kendal is very much a festival town, hosting celebrations of food, comedy and the outdoors each year, including the famous Kendal Mountain Festival. Free Wi-Fi is also be available throughout the town centre.
It’s a fabulous place for families too as seen with the recent development of many brand new family homes and properties in Kendal. There are half a dozen primary schools around the town – all with ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ Ofsted reports – and two well-regarded, high-performing secondary schools: Kirkbie Kendal School and The Queen Katherine School. The town’s impressive Kendal College offers an extensive range of vocational and academic courses for students looking to take their education to the next level.
Kendal also includes lots of green spaces for play and fun, ideal for those moving into one of the modern family homes in Kendal, and the town is also home to Cumbria’s largest indoor climbing wall as well as a dry ski slope. There are two local golf courses plus a driving range and glorious riverside walks that follow the River Kent as it meanders through the town. It’s also a popular spot for road cyclists and mountain bike enthusiasts.
Kendal’s proximity to the great outdoors is one of its biggest draws. It lies between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks, which means that residents can take advantage of the many opportunities for exploring the fells and dales on foot or bike all year round. The convenience of busy market town life with easy access to rural pursuits in one of the most beautiful parts of the country is one of the main reasons people make their homes in Kendal.
Kendal is just five miles west of the M6, where commuters can connect to the wider motorway network. It also has its own mainline railway station two miles south of the town centre at Oxenholme, with regular departures to Glasgow, Manchester and London.