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AmblesideUnited Kingdom

This picturesque English town is an ideal base for exploring Lake Windermere and the spectacular Lake District National Park.

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.

Top hotels in Ambleside

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Daffodil Hotel
The Daffodil Hotel
4 out of 5
Keswick Road, Grasmere, Ambleside, England
The price is £232 per night from 1 Oct to 2 Oct

Situated on a lake, 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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (357 reviews)

"Beautiful location, very peaceful but also convenient to travel all around lake district. Large parking, lovely staff, nice breakfast and afternoon tea. Good standard of the rooms, shame there is no mini bar or small fridge. The bathroom was neavly refurbished but there was unpleasant smell from ..."…"

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2020

The Daffodil Hotel
Ambleside Lake House
Ambleside Lake House
4 out of 5
Lake Road, Waterhead Bay, Ambleside, England
The price is £121 per night from 15 Oct to 16 Oct

Situated in the historical district, this guesthouse is steps away from Ambleside Pier and Lake Windermere. White Platts Recreation Ground and Armitt Museum ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (351 reviews)

"Fantastic place, great food, service, spectacular views... Book it!"…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2020

Ambleside Lake House
Brathay Hall - Brathay Trust
Brathay Hall - Brathay Trust
3 out of 5
Brathay Hall, Ambleside, England

Situated in the suburbs, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of White Platts Recreation Ground and Lake Windermere. Ambleside Pier and Armitt Museum and ...

3.9/5Very Good! (11 reviews)

"Beautiful room, lovely views, nice walks, nice and helpful staff! I can only recommend a stay here."…"

Reviewed on 9 Sep 2020

Brathay Hall - Brathay Trust

Popular places to visit in Ambleside

Ambleside Pier
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Ambleside Pier

4/5(1 review)

Explore the waterfront in Waterhead with a trip to Ambleside Pier. Visit the spas and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Rydal Mount
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Rydal Mount

4.5/5(6 reviews)

Wander through the picturesque grounds of Wordsworth’s family home and imagine how the views of lakes inspired him to write.

Hill Top
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Hill Top

4.5/5(200 reviews)

You can spend time exploring the galleries in Hill Top during your travels in Near Sawrey. Stroll along the lakeside or visit the spas in this relaxing area.

Dove Cottage
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Dove Cottage

4/5(1 review)

Visit the 17th-century house where William Wordsworth lived for almost a decade and wrote some of his most celebrated works.

Helm Crag
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Helm Crag

Explore the great outdoors at Helm Crag, a lovely green space in Grasmere. Visit the spas and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Harrison Stickle
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Harrison Stickle

Explore the great outdoors at Harrison Stickle, a lovely green space in Ambleside. Visit the spas and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Top things to do in Ambleside

Ten Lakes Spectacular Tour
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Ten Lakes Spectacular Tour

£50
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Western Lake District Tour with Heritage Railway Ride from Windermere
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Full-Day Western Lake District Tour with Heritage Railway Ride from Windermere

£50
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Lake District Day Trip with Cream Tea & Windermere Cruise
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Lake District Day Trip with Cream Tea & Windermere Cruise

£229
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
MANCHESTER: Lake District Adventure Sightseeing Day Trip
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MANCHESTER: Lake District Adventure Sightseeing Day Trip

£47
Per adult
Ten Lakes Spectacular from Oxenholme
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Ten Lakes Spectacular from Oxenholme

£60
Per adult
Stunning Scenic Tour: All inclusive, Half Day, Private Lake District Tour for 8
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Stunning Scenic Tour: All inclusive, Half Day, Private Lake District Tour for 8

£256
Per adult

Reviews of Ambleside

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Mar 2020

I love Ambleside - it's a great base to explore the Lakes and a fabulous place for shopping and eating. This trip was to do the Windermere Way which wasn't a walk I would repeat - but that's becasue I prefer the Fells - and Langdale is hard to beat!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

9 Mar 2020

Didn’t visit as we were at a wedding all day .

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Jan 2020

Walks are beautiful

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Jan 2020

Have visited many times before always a pleasure.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Dec 2019

Beautiful part of the world with lots of quirky shops, pubs and cafes.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

19 Nov 2019

Some restaurants are very expensive 4 drinks for £34

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