Waterhead Pier, Ambleside

Waterhead Pier, Ambleside

Ambleside in the heart of the National Park is a popular walking holiday base and a top specialist shopping centre. The shores of Lake Windermere and boat trips from Waterhead Pier are just a short stroll from the centre. Ambleside is also an arts and cultural centre with venues including arthouse cinema Zefferelli with award-winning pizzeria and jazz cafe. Renowned for its best specialist shopping, fine inns and quality restaurants, Ambleside has a fantastic selection of Lake District' outdoor clothing shops, quirky craft and gift shops and galleries. The dining scene includes many award-winning tearooms, cafes, world cuisine restaurants and charming traditional inns serving fine Lakeland real ales. Don't miss a visit to William Wordsworth's two historic homes, Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount, both just to the north of Ambleside town centre and open to the public for tours.

Ambleside's famous quirky building - Bridge House

Ambleside's famous quirky building - Bridge House

Spectacular walks and waterfalls beauty spots are just minutes from Ambleside past the iconic Bridge House information centre towards Stock Ghyll Force or you could head off towards Wansfell Pike and into Beatrix Potter's beloved Troutbeck Valley. Ambleside makes the perfect gateway into the wild Langdale Fells where a choice of challenging hikes await. Founded over 100 years ago, The Armitt Museum, Library and Gallery in Ambleside is one of the UK's most fascinating small museums with an extensive collection of drawings by Beatrix Potter and a varied collection of art, documents, oral histories, objects and photography. Within the collection are artwork, documents and the personal effects of some of the 19th and 20th Centuries' most famous radical thinkers including Harriet Martineau, John Ruskin and the German Modernist artist Kurt Schwitters.

Visit the nearby family friendly Townend farmhouse run by the National Trust or pretty Stagshaw Gardens famed for its rhododendrons. Choose from a superb selection of accommodation in Ambleside ranging from holiday cottages and lakeside lodges to budget campsites, and in the town centre historic B&B guest houses and stylish modern apartments. Search and book Ambleside hotels and accommodation online and direct. 

Accommodation near Ambleside

  • Ambleside   (0.2 miles from the centre of Ambleside)
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    Elegant 4 Diamond Ambleside B&B with four poster rooms, superb fell views, drying room for wet outdoor gear, secure bike storage and large private car park.
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  • Ambleside   (0.2 miles from the centre of Ambleside)
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    £27
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    Refurbished property, all rooms with kingsize beds, jacuzzi spa baths with shower over. Private off road parking. Pet friendly & family rooms available.
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  • Troutbeck   (2.2 miles from the centre of Ambleside)
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    £35
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    Award-winning 4 Star guest house in Troutbeck, 3 miles from Windermere. Set in private grounds with spectacular views from rooms and the terrace. Free WiFi, parking & pubs nearby.
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  • Ambleside   (2.2 miles from the centre of Ambleside)
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    £9
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    Lakeshore campsite near Ambleside with pitches, camper van spaces and luxury glamping pods. Onsite shop, shower and laundry. Close to Lake District attractions. Dogs welcome.
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  • Ambleside   (0.4 miles from the centre of Ambleside)
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    £25
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    Large & historic Victorian Ambleside guest house with B&B. 3 Diamond Award. Cater for families, friends, individuals & couples. Near to many outdoor activities.
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  • Ambleside   (0.1 miles from the centre of Ambleside)
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    £34
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    Family run B&B in Ambleside in quiet central position. Eight en-suite rooms. Free internet. Parking available. Drying room. Delicious breakfasts and great reviews.
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  • Ambleside   (2.2 miles from the centre of Ambleside)
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    £39
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    Wonderful period guest house situated in an elevated position overlooking Lake Windermere. 4 elegant ensuite rooms, optional evening meals, drying facilities & TV lounge.
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  • Windermere   (2.6 miles from the centre of Ambleside)
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    £530
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    Three beautifully presented Lake District holiday lodges close to Windermere. Lovely views, private decks with hot tubs, pet friendly by arrangement. Short breaks welcome.
     
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