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Visitors - How to Mountainfest

Welcome to the Lake District!

To experience Kendal Mountain Festival, all you really need is a pass, our festival programme and a sense of adventure. Here is some info to make your trip to Kendal even more enjoyable!

This stunning area awaits you! Whether it's mountains, rivers, lakes, or shopping, dining, culture - whatever floats your boat, wets your whistle or tickles your fancy - we've got the lot! See Visit Kendal and Explore South Lakes for more information.

Kendal is also home to one of Europe's tallest indoor climbing walls, Kendal Climbing Wall so don't forget to bring your climbing shoes!


If you're looking for a place to stay in Kendal and the surrounding area head to one of these websites for more info: Online and Know Lakedistrict. Alternatively sites like and can provide useful accommodation information.

There are also lots of camping and campervanning opportunities in the Lake District (see the website for the full listings) but be prepared for the November weather. 

Restaurants and Cafes

As well as the Brewery Arts Centre offering a wide range of food and drinks, here are some of our favorites across town, from high quality restaurants offering formal sit-down meals to cafes where you can grab a quick bite to eat between events. If you’re looking for more of a relaxed evening choice then visit one of our local Restaurants including Déjà-vuNew MoonPaloma and Native Bar and Grill. We recommend the coffee house Brew Brothers in Highgate and the Waterside Cafe which is located along the River Kent a few minutes work from the town centre. We would also recommend the Brewhouse located in Yard 39 that services a variety of dishes on their lunch time menu. For a refreshing pit-stop during the day or a relaxing drink in the evening then head to our favourites, the Fell Brewery BarThe Masons ArmsThe Factory TapSlate Bar and Cafe and Burgundy's Wine Bar and Brewhouse


Public Transport - Check out our 'Kendal in a Day' guide!

Access is made easy to Kendal with its bus station and two railway stations.

Kendal boasts two railway stations - Kendal and Oxenholme, the latter being on the West Coast mainline, making the town easily accessibe from almost anywhere in the country - trains from London take just 2 hours and 38 mins! A quick taxi ride from Oxenholme will only take 5 mins to Festival venues.

Rail Timetable

There are a vast amount of coaches available that travel to Kendal with only a short walk to where the event is being held; follow the relevant links to find the route nearest you:

Local Bus Timetables

National Bus Timetables

Arriving By Car

From the M6 south - leave M6 at Junction 36 and follow signs

From the M6 North - leave M6 at Junction 37 and follow signs

See Car Parking in Kendal to view the numerous car parks available

Car Parking also available at Kendal College main site from Friday evening 5pm until Sunday evening midnight. NO OVERNIGHT PARKING THOUGH, and at Kendal Leisure Centre.

Car Sharing

How about sharing the journey and make new buddies? See Liftshare for more information.

Car Rental

Co-wheels is the only independently-owned national car club, providing low emission, hybrid and electric cars on a pay-as-you-go basis for organisations and communities across the UK. Located in Kendal Oxenholme and Staveley. Info

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