AmblesideUnited Kingdom

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Visit Ambleside

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
Traveller's Rest Inn
Traveller's Rest Inn
4 out of 5
Grasmere, Ambleside, England
¥4,651
per night
Jan 21 - Jan 22

Situated in Ambleside, this inn is within 1 mi (2 km) of Grasmere Garden Village, Helm Crag, and St Oswald's Church. Wordsworth Museum and Dove Cottage are also ...

4.2/5Very Good! (146 reviews)

"A faulty plumbing system made sleep impossible in room3 I suggest a senior member of staff tries to sleep there before re-letting and considering a re"…"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2019

Traveller's Rest Inn
Cuckoo Brow Inn
Cuckoo Brow Inn
4 out of 5
Far Sawrey, Ambleside, England
¥6,556
per night
Jan 23 - Jan 24

Situated in a national park, this inn is within a 15-minute walk of Hill Top and Lake Windermere. World of Beatrix Potter is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away.

4.5/5Wonderful! (229 reviews)

"Location was very good, quiet but plenty of walks, very dog friendly which we like,"…"

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2020

Cuckoo Brow Inn
The Daffodil Hotel
The Daffodil Hotel
4 out of 5
Keswick Road, Grasmere, Ambleside, England
¥15,906
per night
Feb 4 - Feb 5

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! (319 reviews)

"Everyhing was brilliant, location, pool is amazing, bed fantastic but would recommend asking for pillows, fabulous view from the lake view room, breakfast was 10/10. Staff incredibly pleasant and helpful. However minor issues including lipstick on a mug in the room and the local beer ran out about ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2020

The Daffodil Hotel

Popular things to do in Ambleside

Hill Top
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Hill Top

4.5/5(39 reviews)

Browse the exhibits at Hill Top, a popular museum in Near Sawrey. Stroll along the lakeside or visit the spas in this culturally-rich area.

Lake Windermere
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Lake Windermere

4.5/5(72 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Lake Windermere, a popular spot to commune with nature in Windermere. Stroll along the area's lakeside or simply enjoy its bars.

Rydal Mount
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Rydal Mount

5/5(2 reviews)

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

Tarn Hows
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Tarn Hows

Explore the great outdoors at Tarn Hows, a lovely green space in Ambleside. Amble around this relaxing area's lakeside and enjoy its lively bars.

Wray Castle
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Wray Castle

You can spend time browsing the exhibits at Wray Castle in Ambleside. Check out the spas and lively bars in this relaxing area.

Church of St Mary
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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.

Top activities in Ambleside

The Lake District Tour from Chester
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The Lake District Tour from Chester

¥6,787

This tour gives you a day in the Lake District National Park, from Chester. It’s an ideal way to see amazing landscape associated with this stunning National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

10 Lakes Winter scenic Lakes Tour
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10 Lakes Winter scenic Lakes Tour

¥12,584

Your day starts with a climb, all the way up to the Kirkstone Pass Inn for a stop to take in the views back down the valley right the way down to Lake Windermere and Ambleside. From here the road plunges down into the Kirkstone Pass and descends down to Brothers Water.

Full Day Lake District Sightseeing Tour from Manchester
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Full Day Lake District Sightseeing Tour from Manchester

¥6,646

This is our award-winning Full-Day / 190-mile Lake District Adventure tour for departures from Manchester. The tour has been carefully designed with your leisure in mind. Not only is it a great price for such a tour but we always use our luxury vehicles ensuring everyone has plenty of seat space and a full window view.

Full Day Lake District Sightseeing Tour from Liverpool
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Full Day Lake District Sightseeing Tour from Liverpool

¥6,646

This is our award-winning Full-Day / 190-mile Lake District Adventure tour for departures from Liverpool. The tour has been carefully designed with your leisure in mind. Not only is it a great price for such a tour but we always use our luxury vehicles ensuring everyone has plenty of seat space and a full window view.

Full Day Lake District Sightseeing Tour from Chester
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Full Day Lake District Sightseeing Tour from Chester

¥6,646

This is our award-winning Full-Day / 190-mile Lake District Adventure tour for departures from Chester. The tour has been carefully designed with your leisure in mind. Not only is it a great price for such a tour but we always use our luxury vehicles ensuring everyone has plenty of seat space and a full window view.

Ambleside to Windermere Mini Tour - Includes stop at The Kirkstone Inn
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Ambleside to Windermere Mini Tour - Includes stop at The Kirkstone Inn

¥1,550

Collection is from Ambleside. Ascend the steep 'Struggle' road and hopefully see some highland cows and Herdwick sheep on the way to the Kirkstone Inn. Stop for 15 minutes for photos of the mountain pass and a drink at The Kirkstone Inn.

Reviews of Ambleside

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 16, 2019

Would definitely visit there again but would need a lot more time to explore it.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 10, 2019

Quaint little town with easy access to the Lake District and good restaurants and shopping.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 21, 2019

Great place, small but buzzing with local shops and restaurants. Also fairly central in the Lake District with easy drives to Grasmere and Windemere

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 25, 2019

Very quaint, central location.

5/5 - Excellent

Craig

May 19, 2019

I can't wait to go back.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 24, 2019

a tourist area in the Lake District. Reminds me of Carmel, California or Queensland NZ. Easy to get out of town quickly to get to all the hikes in the area