From the imposing white façade of the Belsfield Hotel to the busy shops in the town centre, much of Bowness reflects its rise to prominence during the Victorian era. It was then that the town’s position on Windermere first made it a magnet for visitors, transforming it from a sleepy village to the hugely popular destination it is today.

Many use Bowness as a base for further travels throughout the Lake District, but the town itself is worth exploring. Visit World of Beatrix Potter, dedicated to the life and work of the renowned children’s author, the 15th century St Martin’s Church and Blackwell, an outstanding example of Arts and Crafts architecture.

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4-Day Lake District Discovery Tour from Windermere including Lake Cruise, Muncaster Castle and ... 
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4-Day Lake District Discovery Tour from Windermere including Lake Cruise, Muncaster Castle and Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 19 Reviews

Explore the rugged Lake District on this 4-day experience from Bowness-on-Windermere, including hotel accommodation and two full-day tours. With the charming ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $629.46
Beatrix Potter's Lakeland Tour from Windermere Including Lake Cruise, Windermere, Multi-day Tours
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Beatrix Potter's Lakeland Tour from Windermere Including Lake Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 77 Reviews

Discover the locations that inspired Beatrix Potter on a 4.5-hour Lake District afternoon tour. Embark on a cruise across the majestic Lake Windermere, ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $62.30
3-Day Lake District Tour from Windermere Including Lake Cruise, Windermere, Day Trips
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3-Day Lake District Tour from Windermere Including Lake Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 22 Reviews

Enjoy two nights' stay at the 4-star Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel — formerly owned by beloved children's author Beatrix Potter — located close to Lake ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $447.76
Overnight Lake District Rail Trip from London, London, Multi-day Tours
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Overnight Lake District Rail Trip from London

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Mix guided tours with independent sightseeing on an overnight trip to Lake District National Park from London. Arrive by train to the popular park for a ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $369.89
Half-Day Windermere and Lake District winter tour, Windermere, Multi-day Rail Tours
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Half-Day Windermere and Lake District winter tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Experience the very best of the Southern Lake District this Winter in this small group mini-coach tour with a local knowledgeable guide. If you’re short on ...  Read more

Location: Windermere, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $38.94

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