5/5 - Excellent
Verified travelerSep 16, 2019
Would definitely visit there again but would need a lot more time to explore it.
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.
Reviewed on Oct 18, 2019
Reviewed on Jan 6, 2020
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.
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.
Wander through the picturesque grounds of Wordsworth’s family home and imagine how the views of lakes inspired him to write.
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.
You can spend time browsing the exhibits at Wray Castle in Ambleside. Check out the spas and lively bars in this relaxing area.
Enjoy the serene ambiance in this charming lakeside church, peruse the intricate stained-glass windows and learn about medieval traditions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Verified travelerJan 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