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   (0.3 miles from the centre of Ambleside)
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    £37
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    5 star rated Ambleside B&B, just 5 minutes walk from the centre of the village. Three deluxe en-suite guest rooms, delicious breakfasts, free WiFi and onsite parking.
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  • Windermere   (2.6 miles from the centre of Ambleside)
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    £350
    Per week (seasonal) Sleep up to 6
     
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    Dog friendly 2 & 3 bed holiday lodges and log cabins at Limefitt Park & White Cross Bay in the Windermere area. Onsite dog field and a choice of walks from your door. Sleep up to 6
     
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  • Millans Park   (0.0 miles from the centre of Ambleside)
    Sleeps 2
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    £220
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    Comfortable self-contained studio apartment in Ambleside offering self catering accommodation for 2 people. Dogs welcome by arrangement, non smoking, parking.
     
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  • Central Lake District   (0.2 miles from the centre of Ambleside)
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    £221
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    A superb selection of pet friendly cottages in the Central Lake District with Sykes Cottages, many with enclosed gardens and fell walks from your door. Sleep 2-20.
     
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  • Troutbeck   (2.4 miles from the centre of Ambleside)
    Sleeps 2
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    £450
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    Luxury detached barn in Troutbeck, a real romantic bolthole 5 minutes from Ambleside & Windermere with free WiFi, stunning views, patio garden and dogs welcome. Pub 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   (2.1 miles from the centre of Ambleside)
    Sleeps 4
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    £350
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    Luxury 4 star Gold holiday villa in the Langdale Valley just over 2 miles from Ambleside, Grasmere & Lake Windermere. Free WiFi, family amenities. Use of indoor pool & games room.
     
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  • Ambleside   (0.2 miles from the centre of Ambleside)
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    £30
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    Ambleside B&B with beautifully appointed rooms and mouthwatering breakfasts. Highchairs and cots are available, as well as free WiFi. Winners of the Rose Award for service
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