Quaker Tapestry Museum
Quaker Tapestry Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
World famous attraction within the historic market town of Kendal in Cumbria. An award-winning, inspirational exhibition of embroidered panels telling stories of railways, revolutionary ideas and remarkable people. 350 years of social history, beautifully hand-crafted by 4,000 people from around the world. Facilities include, visitor audio guides in several languages, films, subsidiary displays, children's activities, garden, gift shop and cafe. Situated at Friends Meeting House in one of Kendal's finest Georgian buildings next to the River Kent. There is step-free access and a small visitor car park at the Stramongate entrance to the Meeting House. There is a Coach drop-off bay and bus station within 100 metres and Kendal train station within a five-minute walk.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Millie024
    Llantwit Major, United Kingdom476 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A huge project beautifully completed.
    The Quaker tapestry museum is in the Kendal Friends’ Meeting House, which has a small car park and a delightful cafe. However, we parked by the parish church and walked along a flat path by the river Kent, about a 15 minute flat walk. The tapestry tells the story of the growth of the Society of Friends, and some of their achievements and values. The embroidery was done by people from different countries, but has a common style and colour pallet. We enjoyed looking round. You can borrow a head set, but we didn’t. It was interesting to read about the many influential Quakers. This area of the country is known to Quakers as 1652 country, in commemoration of George Fox walking around preaching, and meeting groups of Seekers and Independents, in the period of Cromwell. I have just read an interesting book by David and Anthea Boulton, of Dent, who have reconstructed and followed Fox’s journeys, so I felt better informed than I might have done.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Jenny K
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quaker Tapestry and more
    We enjoyed the tapestries and the interpretation boards. The introductory 5min video set the scene well and the short film with headphones was a welcome change 1/2 way round. We recommend allowing 2&1/2hrs. We could have taken a break in the cafe part way round. Glad we got there at 10 before it got busy.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 October 2023
  • Rachel L
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent museum - super for little one's too
    Really interesting museum - very family friendly with children's activities. My 3 year old loved getting a little rucksack to take round which had magnifying glass, pictures to spot etc. A saviour on a rainy day!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 May 2024
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Rachel L
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Really interesting museum - very family friendly with children's activities. My 3 year old loved getting a little rucksack to take round which had magnifying glass, pictures to spot etc. A saviour on a rainy day!
Written 22 May 2024
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Jenny K
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We enjoyed the tapestries and the interpretation boards. The introductory 5min video set the scene well and the short film with headphones was a welcome change 1/2 way round. We recommend allowing 2&1/2hrs. We could have taken a break in the cafe part way round. Glad we got there at 10 before it got busy.
Written 19 October 2023
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gerry S
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Unusual and interesting venue and display. Interesting to chat to a woman actually doing craft work.
Written 26 September 2023
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Millie024
Llantwit Major, UK476 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
The Quaker tapestry museum is in the Kendal Friends’ Meeting House, which has a small car park and a delightful cafe. However, we parked by the parish church and walked along a flat path by the river Kent, about a 15 minute flat walk. The tapestry tells the story of the growth of the Society of Friends, and some of their achievements and values. The embroidery was done by people from different countries, but has a common style and colour pallet. We enjoyed looking round. You can borrow a head set, but we didn’t. It was interesting to read about the many influential Quakers. This area of the country is known to Quakers as 1652 country, in commemoration of George Fox walking around preaching, and meeting groups of Seekers and Independents, in the period of Cromwell. I have just read an interesting book by David and Anthea Boulton, of Dent, who have reconstructed and followed Fox’s journeys, so I felt better informed than I might have done.
Written 2 August 2023
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Chris H
Saltaire, UK48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
We popped in here after visiting the café next door, only expecting to spend a short time looking around. Over an hour later, we were still there! Our two children thoroughly enjoyed using the audio description device while walking around looking at the tapestries. They also took part in a special Easter trail and added to a community piece of art. This was a great and unexpected addition to our holiday in the South Lakes.
Written 18 April 2023
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Patricia B
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
I have been to the Quaker Cafe a few times with high hopes, but the girl taking orders is so rude and grumpy, with such poor communication skills, she doesn't greet people on arrival and is reluctant to provide any information. Everything seems a chore and an effort for her. It is a shame because it is a beautiful cafe in a great location, you would expect more from a Quaker place. Big disappointment. They need new staff.
Written 15 April 2023
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BaRho
Mansfield, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Will interest for different reasons. History, needlework, British Industry and just to see how clever people can be. Questions are answered by the staff with interest.
All at a reasonable price and easy to find in Kendal.
Written 11 April 2023
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bertrumted
Manchester, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Well, what can I say, I was interested in this purely for its tapestry. The staff were lovely and very helpful. There is an audio tape to go round with, not sure what it was like as i didn't use it. The tapestry is in sections and a written description of the reasons behind each panel, this was interesting and informative of quakers and where they came from, very interesting. This is not a 30 min museum it is so interesting. Around half way through I went to get some lunch at the little cafe and went back in to read the rest. On entry I was told that I would be able to come back anytime in the year for free, this def a must. If I had more time I would have returned to re read the panels. The beauty of it was you could read and absorb and take your time or you could have a quick look and move on either is good. A def must see.
Written 15 November 2022
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boyd1952
Newton Aycliffe, UK901 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
Arrived not knowing what to expect. The exhibition is in one room reasonable priced. The room is full of beautiful needlework panels telling the story of the Quaker Religion & the people involved. A video showing where & how it all came together. I was there 1hr 45mins. Great experience.
Written 23 October 2022
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Sarah S
Chalfont St Peter, UK157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
Reasonably priced, exhibition, very interesting regarding the width and breadth of Quaker companies and industries. Beautiful tapestries and self guiding recording explaining panels.
Written 13 October 2022
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