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Church of St. Mary

Enjoy the serene ambiance in this charming lakeside church, peruse the intricate stained-glass windows and learn about medieval traditions.

The Church of St. Mary is a 19th-century religious site built in the early Gothic style. Its tall spire and sandstone walls are rather exceptional for churches in the Lake District. Spend a quiet afternoon learning about the site’s history and admiring the works of art that decorate the interior.

Enjoy the elegance of this structure, which is less opulent than many other Victorian sites. Capture photos of the church and its tall spire with a scenic backdrop of forests and quaint village buildings. Admire the orange glow of the church spire when it is illuminated at night. Stroll along the path winding through the cemetery leading to the church.

Enter through its main portal to arrive in the nave and inspect the works of art within. Among its highlights are the stained-glass windows by 19th-century artist Henry Holiday. Pick up a brochure for a greater understanding of the windows and other features in the church.

Marvel at the large mural portraying the Rushbearing ceremony. It features 62 characters taking part in an intriguing medieval ritual, when locals collected tall grasses to leave in the church as a way of cleaning and renewing its earth floor.

Note the depictions of 14 northern saints carved into the choir stalls. Make your way to the Wordsworth Chapel to see the sandstone font that dates back many centuries. See the stone plaque dedicated to one of England’s greatest writers, William Wordsworth. He was known to draw inspiration from the Lake District.

Architect Sir George Gilbert Scott designed the church, which was built over a period of four years from 1850. Visit the church on any day during daylight hours. It is free to enter.

The Church of St. Mary is northwest of the center of Ambleside. Walk for 10 minutes past restaurants and the White Platts Recreation Ground to find the church. It is just east of the charming River Rothay and north of the vast Windermere Lake.


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The Kings Arms Hotel

The Kings Arms Hotel, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Ambleside, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Ambleside, this hotel is steps away from Beatrix Potter Gallery, Church of St Mary and Hawkshead Grammar School. Hill Top and Tarn Hows are also within 3 miles (5 km).

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    Sun Inn

    Sun Inn

    Main Street, Hawkshead, Ambleside, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Ambleside, this inn is steps away from Hawkshead Grammar School, Church of St Mary and Beatrix Potter Gallery. Hill Top and Tarn Hows are also within 3 miles (5 km).

      Ivy Guest House
      Ivy Guest House

      Ivy Guest House

      Main St, Hawkshead, Ambleside, England
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Ambleside, this guesthouse is steps away from Beatrix Potter Gallery, Church of St Mary and Hawkshead Grammar School. Hill Top and Tarn Hows are also within 3 miles (5 km).

        Alice's Cottage
        Alice's Cottage

        Alice's Cottage

        Alices Cottage The Square Hawkshead, Ambleside, England
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Ambleside, this cottage is steps away from Church of St Mary, Beatrix Potter Gallery and Hawkshead Grammar School. Hill Top and Tarn Hows are also within 3 miles (5 km).

          Old School House
          Old School House

          Old School House

          Main St, Hawkshead, Ambleside, England
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Ambleside, this bed & breakfast is steps away from Hawkshead Grammar School, Church of St Mary and Beatrix Potter Gallery. Hill Top and Tarn Hows are also within 3 miles (5 km).

            SCHOOL HOUSE COTTAGE B&B AND TEA GARDEN
            SCHOOL HOUSE COTTAGE B&B AND TEA GARDEN

            SCHOOL HOUSE COTTAGE B&B AND TEA GARDEN

            AMBLESIDE, Ambleside, England
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Ambleside, this bed & breakfast is steps away from Hawkshead Grammar School, Church of St Mary and Beatrix Potter Gallery. Hill Top and Tarn Hows are also within 3 miles (5 km).

              The Queen's Head Inn and Restaurant
              The Queen's Head Inn and Restaurant

              The Queen's Head Inn and Restaurant

              Main Street, Hawkshead, Cumbria, Ambleside, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Ambleside, this inn is steps away from Beatrix Potter Gallery, Church of St Mary and Hawkshead Grammar School. Hill Top and Tarn Hows are also within 3 miles (5 km).

                Betty's Mews, Hawkshead
                Betty's Mews, Hawkshead

                Betty's Mews, Hawkshead

                2 Croft Barn, Kings Yard, Ambleside, ENG
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in a rural location, this cottage is steps away from Church of St Mary, Beatrix Potter Gallery and Hawkshead Grammar School. Hill Top and Tarn Hows are also within 3 miles (5 km).