Bowness On Windermere
Bowness is particularly well placed for day visitors with easy access from the M6 or from the A590 via Newby Bridge. Due to this, Bowness is arguably the most "touristy" place in the Lakes and fulfils that function well with accommodation for all budget levels and plenty of things to do.
Bowness apparently was a small fishing village, hence the narrow streets, but it was the arrival of the railway that began the influx of visitors in the 19th century and the virtual merging of Bowness & Windermere villages into one. The Victorian explosion can best be seen by the number of Victorian Guest Houses and hotels which cater to visitors to this day.
By the lake the Windermere Lake Cruises ply their trade from the pier where you can also hire rowing boats and small electric boats to discover the lake for yourself.
Bowness has a marina village and attractions including the Beatrix Potter Attraction located in the centre of the village.
There are many shops and a wide choice of cafe's and restaurants in Bowness to choose from but it does get very busy in high summer.