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Windermere is split confusingly between Windermere town with its train station and Bowness-on-Windermere, the accommodation hub and base for the must-do Windermere Lake Cruises (see my Lake District Things to do page). It’s the beating heart of the Lakes, bustling with infrastructure and packed out in high season – you have been warned.
The community guide Windermere: loveliest of lakes has more.
Windermere is the key family destination with some great places to eat and town-centre attractions for families. It’s also a magnet for Asian tour groups, completing a Beatrix Potter odyssey through the Lakes. To escape the madding crowd, then, the best of the hidden-gem accommodation is to be found outside of town; see my Windermere Hotels – Award winning expert hotel reviews, from cheap to luxury hotels in Windermere page for more details.