Windermere is easy to access either by car or by public transport as it is the main transport hub for the Lake District, and the wide range of hotels in Windermere make it a very popular place to stay.
The Lake District is located in the county of Cumbria, in the northwest of England, some 80 miles north of Manchester and approximately 300 miles from London. The nearest airports are Blackpool International (45 miles away) and Manchester International (80 miles away).
The M6 motorway is located close to the Lake District, making driving to the area straightforward. Public transport links are also good and it is possible to reach Windermere by train or bus from most major British cities (including Manchester airport).
The Lake District lies to the west of the M6 motorway. To reach Windermere, take junction 37 off the motorway, then the A864 to Kendal. From Kendal, take the A5284 (Windermere Road) northbound, until you reach the A591, which takes you through the heart of Windermere town.
Approximate driving times are as follows:
From London – 5 to 6 hours
From Manchester or Newcastle – 1.5 to 2 hours
From York or Birmingham – 2.5 to 3 hours
From Glasgow or Edinburgh – 3 to 3.5 hours
By Coach or Bus
National Express coaches run regular, daily services from London’s Victoria Coach Station directly to Windermere, taking around 7 hours. There are also good coach services from Manchester town and airport, Birmingham, York, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Regional bus operators, such as Stagecoach, offer regular services from some of the closer towns and cities, such as Carlisle, Penrith and Lancaster.
From London’s Euston Station, the train journey takes between 4 and 5 hours. It is necessary to change trains in Oxenholme, but you are then taken directly to Windermere. Windermere’s train station is located very centrally and close to many Windermere hotels.
From Manchester (town and airport) there are regular trains direct to Windermere taking around 1 hour, 45 minutes.
From Glasgow and Edinburgh, there are regular, daily services to Windermere. It is necessary to change in Oxenholme. The journey time is around 3 hours.
For more information, read our Windemere Tourist Information