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Ambleside is a pretty English town in the heart of Lake District National Park. The town’s attractions range from centuries-old architecture and waterfalls to scenic walks and watersport adventures. Ambleside dates back to medieval times when it thrived on the wool trading industry. It has since attracted writers, poets and enthusiasts of outdoor activities.
The town center is easy to navigate on foot. Wander quiet streets to find picturesque stone cottages and half-timbered houses. Several of the buildings are now pubs, guesthouses and souvenir shops. Among these is the 400-year-old Unicorn Inn, a good place to sample a traditional English pub lunch. Learn about the town’s history at Armitt Museum. Investigate 19th-century St. Mary’s Church and its chapel dedicated to the poet, William Wordsworth.
Enjoy some of the many short walks from the town center. One leads to Stock Ghyll Force, an impressive 70-foot-tall (21-meter) waterfall. Visit in spring, when a carpet of daffodils appears beneath the surrounding trees. Look for the 17th-century Bridge House, once used as storage for produce from an orchard. Another walk leads to the striking Stagshaw Garden. This woodland garden bursts to life in summer with blooms of colorful azaleas, bluebells and rhododendrons.
Hike or bike the Kirkstone Pass to witness the breathtaking natural beauty of the Lake District National Park. The pass connects Ambleside with nearby Patterdale. Admire sweeping views of mountain valleys, rolling hills and sprawling lakes.
Enjoy watersport activities on Lake Windermere, England’s biggest natural lake. Join a steamboat cruise from Waterhead Pier, a 15-minute walk from the town center. Rent a kayak to explore the lake or take wakeboarding and waterskiing lessons. Scattered around the lake are historic sites, too, such as the ruins of the ancient Roman fort of Galava.
Get to Ambleside by flying to Manchester International Airport and then rent a car to reach your destination. Ambleside is a year-round destination. Each season offers a different perspective of the town’s exceptional surrounding countryside.
Situated in a national park, this spa hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Armitt Museum and Gallery, Dora's Field, and Rydal Mount. Wansfell Pike and Brockhole - the Lake District Visitor Centre are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Grasmere, this spa hotel is steps from Grasmere Garden Village, St Oswald's Church, and Helm Crag. Wordsworth Museum and Dove Cottage are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Grasmere, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum. Alcock Tarn and St Oswald's Church are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Waterhead, this guesthouse is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Armitt Museum and Gallery and within 3 mi (5 km) of Brockhole - the Lake District Visitor Centre and Dora's Field. Rydal Mount and Wansfell Pike are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Ambleside, this luxury bed & breakfast is within 3 mi (5 km) of Skelwith Force, Armitt Museum and Gallery, and Dora's Field. Wray Castle and Rydal Mount are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Grasmere, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grasmere Garden Village, Helm Crag, and St Oswald's Church. Wordsworth Museum and Dove Cottage are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in the heart of Ambleside, this guesthouse is within 2 mi (3 km) of Armitt Museum and Gallery, Dora's Field, and Rydal Mount. Wansfell Pike and Brockhole - the Lake District Visitor Centre are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Grasmere, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Grasmere Garden Village, Helm Crag, and St Oswald's Church. Wordsworth Museum and Dove Cottage are also within 1 mi (2 km).