Situated on the North-Eastern corner of Morecambe Bay and overlooking the River Kent Estuary, Arnside is one of the most picturesque seaside villages in Cumbria. It is situated within the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Natural Beauty, which should really say all it needs to about the location and surroundings.
Although very small in size, Arnside is perfectly situated for a wide range of attractions and walks around the Cumbria and North-West Lancashire, plus a great selection of places to eat too.
Lakeland Wildlife Oasis
Heading north out of Arnside, one of the first attractions that you will come across is the Lakeland Wildlife Oasis which is located in Milnthorpe. This animal experience has some extremely rare and endangered animals and gives visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with them.
From snakes and spiders to leaf-cutting ants strutting their stuff alongside you as you walk – and even snow leopards and meerkats, there are plenty of fascinating animals to see and learn more about.
There are even animal experiences that you, as a visitor, can get involved with throughout the day. Whether you want to meet a meerkat, monkey, or lemur, or even make a day of it with their “be a zookeeper for a day” experience, there’s plenty for all the family to get involved in.
For more information on how to find Lakeland Wildlife Oasis, ticket prices and more, please visit their website.
Lakeland Miniature Village
Using local Lakeland sourced slate from Coniston, Lakeland Miniature village has over 100 mini buildings created in true Lake District style.
Recreating some of Cumbria’s most famous buildings such as Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top cottage and the Bradley Clock in Windermere, visitors are able to get up close to these miniature marvels and there are new additions still being added.
All the models have been created perfectly to scale since 1992 and give a true representation of Cumbrian life – from the farmlands to the round Westmorland chimneys and more.
The miniature village is situated just across the bay from Arnside in Flookburgh, but it is still accessible and makes for a fantastic visit while staying in the Arnside area.
To find out more about Lakeland Miniature Village and how to get there, please take a look at their website.
Greenlands Farm Village
Combining a farm attraction with shopping isn’t something that you’ll see very often, but Greenland Farm Village has matched the balance perfectly.
Take a stroll around the farmyard and meet some of the animals that call Greenlands their home. There are goats, pigs, chickens or many varieties, owls, snakes, cows, ferrets – too many animals to list here. Many animals can be petted and you can get up close to some of the larger animals in their enclosures.
There’s also a children’s play area to entertain the little ones while you sit and have a rest after wandering around the farm, with a tea room and cafe close by for fuelling up on refreshments.
You may also want to wake a wander through the farm shop, as well as some of the other retail units at the farm – there’s plenty to browse, including a pet supply store, a chocolate shop, an archery supply store and more!
To plan your visit to Greenlands Farm Village, please visit their website for more information.
Walks around Arnside
Around Arnside and up Arnside Knott
The beautiful seaside village of Arnside is the perfect place to explore. With the promenade and the spectacular views across Morecambe Bay and the Kent Estuary with the Lakeland fells in the backdrop, there are few places with such a view, making it a haven for walkers
The route around Arnside takes you all around the village and up to Arnside Knott. This is the highest point in the area, and offers incredible panoramic views so be sure to take your camera!
It shows you that there’s much more to Arnside than just the promenade, and we promise you won’t be disappointed, with spots along the way which will help you determine what fells you can see, as well as being surrounded by beautiful countryside and wildlife.
If trekking through woodland is your idea of the perfect walk, Ashmeadow Woodland is ideal. It’s situated at the end of Arnside’s promenade and takes you through a small hidden wooded area which is tranquil and beautiful.
Perfect for dog walkers and nature-lovers alike, you’ll be surrounded by the wonderful sights and sounds of Arnside. Follow the paths laid out to see the best bits of this hidden gem, and if you’re lucky, you may spot a squirrel or two!
There’s also a walled garden which you can have a wander around which is made up of a wildflower meadow.
Find out more about Ashmeadow Woodlands on the Barnes Charitable Trust website.
Places to Eat in Arnside
For breakfast with a view, Wagtail is the only place to be. With the backdrop of the bay and estuary, you can enjoy a hearty breakfast before your rambles around Arnside and the surrounding area.
Having changed names from Ramblers Cafe to Wagtails, the cafe still serves up a delicious breakfast menu, which is all home cooked. From full English breakfasts and veggie options to smaller bites, there’s something to suit everyone’s breakfast tastes.
Take a look at what other visitors think of Wagtails on their Trip Advisor page.
Arnside’s Old Bakehouse
Being a bakehouse, you should already gather that everything you purchase at the Arnside’s Old Bakehouse will be fresh. For breakfast, they breakfast baps which are ginormous in size and baked beans on toast – simple, yet tasty food to start the day.
Alternatively, there are sweet treats if you are so inclined to indulge, as well as a decent range of teas and speciality coffees to warm you up on even the coldest day. The real treat is being able to smell all the delicious flavours as they bake their next batches!
Take a look at what the Bakehouse offers and where to find out over on their website.
Arnside Chip Shop
Is it really a trip to the seaside if you don’t indulge in the British classic of Fish and Chips? Luckily for all you fishy fans, Arnside Chip Shop is open for business.
Whether you choose to sit in and enjoy your traditional meal, or prefer to take your chippy lunch and sit on the promenade, we guarantee you won’t find fresher or tastier fish and chips than the Chip Shop.
All fish are battered to order, and the menu caters for a wide variety of appetites and food requirements, including vegetarian and gluten-free.Portion sizes are large and while there may be a wait on getting your food once you’ve ordered during busier periods, you won’t be disappointed as the food is always hot and delicious.
Take a look at the menu and find out more over on the Arnside Chip Shop website.
The Heron Cafe
Serving up delicious British favourites in a comfortable, cosy cafe setting, The Heron Cafe provides visitors with a delicious array of dishes to enjoy with a beautiful sea view.
Sunday’s see the roast lunch become one of the big hits, with generous portion sizes and high-quality vegetables and meats on offer for a very reasonable price. Quality is just as good throughout the rest of the week, with favourites such as pies, mash and gravy on offer, as well as a good selection of delicious homemade cakes.
Whether you’re looking for a light snack or a more hearty meal, we definitely recommend taking a look at the Heron Cafe.
Find out what other customers think about the Heron Cafe over on their Trip Advisor page.
The Kingfisher Restaurant
Specialising in seafood dishes, the Kingfisher Restaurant is located just outside Arnside in Milnthorpe. However, for the quality of the food alone, it’s worth the short trip out of the village.
From delicious fresh appetisers such as green-lipped mussels with garlic butter, mozzarella and bacon bits, to fresh fish of the day, the menu also offers some meaty and vegetarian options too; stuffed peppers and venison steak to name just two.
While the prices are a little higher than most local eateries, the quality and freshness of the produce used, and the skill of the chefs in seasoning and cooking their dishes to perfection perfectly justify paying out a little more for a treat.
Thinking of stopping by the Kingfisher Restaurant? Take a look at their menu and location over on their website.
The Albion Hotel
If you’re looking for somewhere to admire the beautiful sunsets the area has to offer while dini9ng out for your evening meal, the Albion Hotel is in the perfect spot. Facing West, you’ve got the perfect view of the bay and the estuary while eating, meaning you’re more likely to catch that sunset while tucking into some delicious food.
Using locally-sourced produce to produce their menu, you’re faced with delicious pub classics with a Cumbrian twist such as local beef chilli con carne and Burrows of Silverdale 8oz Rump Steak to light bites such as sandwiches and deli boards. There’s something for every taste and appetite!
Take a look at the menus available at The Albion over on their website.
Another establishment which is just outside Arnside in Milnthorpe is No.17. A stylish, family-friendly bar and restaurant with a passion for good food and good comapny.
Serving up classics and pub favourites such as fish and chips and burgers alongside meals such as kebabs and hand crafted pizzas, the choice of food on offer is incredible.
Food is only served Wednesday to Sunday, but it’s a great option for those families looking for a little something more in the way of choice, and that will definitely have something to suit everyone.
Find out what the fish and vegetarian meals of the day are, as well as the full menu over on the No17 website.
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