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Cumbria Shopping

Shopping in the Lake District can be exciting, many small villages with many small shops tucked away in tiny alley ways behind the hussle and bustle of the main high street, theres something for everyone you will also find most of the major city high street brands in most major towns throughout theLake District. Shopping is a pass time of many visitors finding little momentos or something for a relative back home, shops in the lake District have wide ranges on offer, you can even get the Lake District thimble to add to your collection, or the tea spoon and even the badge for your rucksack!

Hotels near the center of Cumbria
Skiddaw Hotel3 starfrom £89.00
The Kings Arms Hotel3 starfrom £110.40
Abacourt House4 starfrom £84.00
Swiss Court Guest House4 starfrom £42.00
Shemara Guest House4 starfrom £74.00

Packhorse Court - Keswick

Situated just off the Market Square in Keswick, Packhorse Court has a unique collection of independently run shops and businesses.Please use the menu on the top to find out more about Packhorse Court itself or the menu on the left for further information on the individual businesses and shops.

Built on the site of one of Keswick's burgage yards. A burgage plot was a strip of land held by the tenant upon payment of an annual rent. Fronting a plot would be a timber framed house, none are discemible in Keswick today. Packhorse Yard was where the coachmen and hauliers of the day stabled their animals, took their ale and food and slept. No doubt it attracted other characters less savoury. It was a dirty, noisy and often boisterous place with blacksmiths and slaughterers also plying their trade. The town 'shambles' (butchers yards) were on the site and also a byre for cattle that belonged to the Central Hotel - now part of Ye Olde Friars sweet shop.


Lake District Outdoor Clothing Shops

You may be looking for some outdoor clothing, something to keep you dry while walking the Lakeland fells maybe a new waterproof jacket, there will definatly one you like the outdoor clothing shops in the Lake District have many to choose from. Ambleside at the northern end of Lake Windermere is well known as 'the anorak capital of the world' with what locals say is too many outdoor shops, the choice just goes on and on.



Ambleside (recently dubbed "Anorak Capital of the World") is home to very few "High Street" chain stores. Instead, you will find an amazing variety of individual shops, some of them specialising in uniquely local products, including slate ornaments, and original or reproduction watercolours of the famously beautiful Lakeland landscape as well as original works by contemporary painters, sculptors and potters. And if you need outdoor clothing, wait till you get to Ambleside! At the last count there were 16 retail outlets specialising in the great outdoors, which means that you can probably find a better choice of outdoor clothing here than you can anywhere else. To support local craftspeople, look for quality gifts and mementos bearing the Made in Cumbria logo.