Situated to the south of the stunningly picturesque Lake District, and only a thirty-minute drive from the Yorkshire Dales National Park, is the historic market town of Kendal.

The Brewery Arts Centre is the main venue for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival

The River Kent running through Kendal in the Lake District, Cumbria

Kendal Castle

Take time to explore this scenic South Lakeland town

Kendal is situtated in the beautiful South Lakeland in Cumbria

A warm welcome in Kendal

Its spectacular surroundings of lakes, forests and mountains make Kendal an ideal destination for walkers, sightseers and adventurers alike. The town itself also offers a wealth of history, art, leisure facilities and shopping opportunities.

The Visit Kendal website is a great online resource to find out more about what the area has to offer, you could also visit Explore South Lakeland and Go Lakes.

We look forward to welcoming you to Kendal!


Despite being surrounded by endless countryside, Kendal is surprisingly accessible. If traveling by train, Kendal is only two and three quarter hours from London, and an hour and a quarter from Manchester. Oxenholme The Lake District is the closest mainline station, which has a branch line train directly to Kendal.

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Alongside the area’s extensive cycling and walking opportunities, there is plenty to see within half an hour of Kendal by car or train. Located only six miles from Junction 36 of the M6 motorway, Kendal is easily accessible by car.

The ‘Travel’ section of the Explore South Lakeland website provides ideas and guidance of where to visit and how to get there:

The festival itself is well sign posted and provides plenty of parking but we encourage people to walk and cycle as much as possible. The Tourist Information Centre in Kendal is excellent and can be reached on 01539 735891.


Kendal has a range of accommodation available. These do book up quickly as the festival approaches so it is worth making your arrangements as early as possible. Find helpful accommodation suggestions and options on the Explore South Lakeland website.

Eating and Drinking

Kendal offers a large range of cafés and restaurants to refresh and rejuvenate you as you rush between all the festival has to offer. Tripadvisor offers handy reviews of some of the town’s more popular options.


Wheelchair users please note that a small number of our venues have limited or no access for wheelchairs. Entry to the Comics Clock Tower Council Chamber has restricted wheelchair access and there is unfortunately no access to Ruskins Bar. Please speak to one of our volunteers during the festival if we can help in any way.