Shops and markets in the Lake District

Markets in the Lake District have always played an important role within the local community. There are many famous markets in the Lake District and Cumbria.

Shopping and Markets in the Lake District

Ambleside, South Lakes

You may not find massive shopping malls in the Lake District, filled with designer wear and high-street retailers but the picturesque little market towns have their own charm. Catering for all tastes and needs, villages in the Lake District have many small shops, hidden side-streets and local markets where you can experience real authentic shopping. Don’t forget to feast on the scrumptious speciality dishes including gingerbread from Grasmere, Cumberland sausages and Kendal mint cake.

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Kendal, South Lakes

The prime shopping hub is Kendal and Windermere in the southern area of the Lakes. With the mix of factory outlets, speciality shops and traditional markets, Kendal is the place not to miss if you are a shopaholic. Westmorland Shopping Centre houses popular retailers’ showrooms; independent shops and an indoor market all under one roof.

Kendal indoor market is truly a delight to visit. Imagine, experiencing this part of the Lake District and bringing home some traditional local delicacies. This colourful bustling market was started in 1886 offering a wide variety of goods. The uniqueness of the market is its ever-changing stalls so it is worth visiting. Shop for fresh fruits and vegetables, discover new ingredients, try out the speciality dishes and negotiate with market sellers. The market was completely refurbished from an open area to permanent lockable units in 1988. The area is open six days a week.


Away from the hustle bustle of the main high street, Keswick in the northern lakes offers you fantastic choice of craft shops, wool clothing stores, outdoor shops and bookstores. There are many great places to explore, buy local quality produce and enjoy value for money.

Ulverston Indoor market

This colourful bustling market needs no introduction if you are looking for unique gifts, including home-made food, hand-crafted bags, jewellery, clothing, and shoes to farm goods and machinery, you will find a diverse range of products.

Barrow market

This is one of the largest markets in the Lakes which has something for everyone. Whether you are looking for fresh locally produced goods, jewellery, bags, flowers, clothing, accessories, domestic appliances, electrical goods, household items, cosmetics, food or souvenirs, you will find everything here. One of the largest markets in Cumbria, Barrow indoor market boasts over 60 independent stalls.

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