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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
¥22,632
per night
May 1 - May 2

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! (334 reviews)

"What can I say, my partner and I stayed here for one night, from the minute we walked through the doors to the hotel, the atmosphere and welcome from the staff was excellent. The staff are very friendly and professional. Our room was also excellent, we had a really good view of the grounds, partial ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020

The Daffodil Hotel
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 1 mi (2 km) of Armitt Museum and Gallery and Lake Windermere. Ambleside Pier and Dora's Field are also ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (525 reviews)

"Location - right in the heart of Ambleside - is wonderful, central yet quiet. The Windermere ferry is just a 10 minute walk from the hotel, and Ambleside is blessed with some wonderful eateries and gift shops."…"

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa, BW Premier Collection
Cuckoo Brow Inn
Cuckoo Brow Inn
4 out of 5
Far Sawrey, Ambleside, England
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥6,689
per night
Apr 30 - May 1

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! (244 reviews)

"Great food great rooms great staff so relaxing and dog friendly"…"

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020

Cuckoo Brow Inn

Popular things to do in Ambleside

Lake Windermere
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Lake Windermere

4.5/5(73 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. Stroll along the lakeside or visit the spas in this relaxing area.

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 top-notch restaurants 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.

Hill Top
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Hill Top

4.5/5(39 reviews)

You can spend time studying the exhibits at Hill Top in Near Sawrey. Stroll along the lakeside or visit the spas in this relaxing area.

Top activities in Ambleside

Afternoon Half-Day Tour of Beatrix Potter Country and Places
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Afternoon Half-Day Tour of Beatrix Potter Country and Places

80% of travellers recommend
¥8,202
Per adult
Morning Half-Day Tour of Beatrix Potter Country and Places
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Morning Half-Day Tour of Beatrix Potter Country and Places

¥8,202
Per adult
Ten Lakes Spectacular from Oxenholme
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Ten Lakes Spectacular from Oxenholme

¥6,343
Per adult
10 Lakes Winter scenic Lakes Tour
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10 Lakes Winter scenic Lakes Tour

¥11,405
Per adult
Many Lives of Beatrix Potter: Full Day All-Inclusive Tour
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Many Lives of Beatrix Potter: Full Day All-Inclusive Tour

¥13,968
Per adult
Langdale Valley and Coniston Half-Day Morning Tour
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Langdale Valley and Coniston Half-Day Morning Tour

¥6,664
Per adult

Reviews of Ambleside

4.7

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Nabil

Mar 24, 2020

Charming small village which a lot of scenic routes starts from. We hiked up a fell, had dinner and a movie date and explored the city all in one day.

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.

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