Ambleside

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Ambleside showing a small town or village, street scenes and café lifestyle

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.

Traveller's Rest Inn
Traveller's Rest Inn
4 out of 5
Grasmere, Ambleside, England
The price is £124 per night from 11 Oct to 11 Oct
Situated in Ambleside, this inn is within 1 mile (2 km) of Grasmere Garden Village, Helm Crag and St Oswald's Church. Wordsworth Museum and Dove Cottage are ...
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Reviewed on 1 Sep 2021

Traveller's Rest Inn
Ambleside Inn
Ambleside Inn
3 out of 5
Market Place, Ambleside, England
The price is £129 per night from 3 Oct to 3 Oct
Situated in Ambleside, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of White Platts Recreation Ground and Lake Windermere. Armitt Museum and Gallery and Stock Ghyll Force ...
4.2/5Excellent! (54 reviews)
"It is centrally located, small rooms but adequate, there is no lift but wide stairs. Make sure you hang the sign for daily cleaning. The breakfast is hearty, with a good variety. Parking outside the hotel is only an hour but if you are able the nearest car parks is about a 5 minute walk away. Parking ..."

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2021

Ambleside Inn
Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa, BW Premier Collection
Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa, BW Premier Collection
4 out of 5
Lake Road, Ambleside, England
Situated in a national park, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of White Platts Recreation Ground and Armitt Museum and Gallery. Stock Ghyll Force and ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (577 reviews)
"Lovely hotel in the heart of Ambleside with lots of charm. Everything is on hand - beautiful rooms, spa, restaurant serving good food and a very comfortable bar - who could ask for more?!!"

Reviewed on 4 Sep 2021

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Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa, BW Premier Collection
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Fantastic central Ambleside location with stunning mountain views
Fantastic central Ambleside location with stunning mountain views
Ambleside, ENG
Situated on the waterfront, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of White Platts Recreation Ground and Lake Windermere. Armitt Museum and Gallery ...
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Fantastic apartment with wonderful views
"This is a terrific apartment, furnished to a high quality and extremely clean and well equipped. The views over Ambleside and the surrounding fells are truly wonderful, best appreciated from the balcony which attracts the sun in the afternoon. It is a short steep climb from the town centre. Ambleside ..."

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2021

Fantastic central Ambleside location with stunning mountain views
Todd Crag View
Todd Crag View
3.5 out of 5
2 Loughrigg View Low Gale, Ambleside, England
Situated in Ambleside, this cottage is within a 10-minute walk of White Platts Recreation Ground and Armitt Museum and Gallery. Stock Ghyll Force and Lake Windermere ...
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Stonegarth Mews
Stonegarth Mews
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Stonegarth Lake View Drive Grasmere, Ambleside, England
Situated in Ambleside, this cottage is steps away from St Oswald's Church and Grasmere Garden Village. Helm Crag and Wordsworth Museum are also within 10 ...
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