Kendal, world famous for
(among other things) its mint cake, lies on the
River Kent and offers visitors a vision of the
past through its cobbled streets and fine old
buildings. Once a focal point of the woollen
industry, it was also the birthplace of royalty.
In 1512 Henry V111’s last queen, Katherine Parr,
was born at Kendal Castle. Remains of the
once-great fortress overlook the town.
The restored 18th century mansion Abbot Hall exhibits paintings from artists such as Turner and Ruskin and contains the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry. The Museum of Natural History and Archaeology contains the office of Alfred Wainwright, author of famous guides to the Lakeland's hills.
The town’s 13th century parish church is one of the largest in the country with an 80ft tower and the Parr family chapel.