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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    Classic Victorian B&B in central Ambleside, beautifully modernised with single, double, twin and family en-suite rooms. Full English/ vegetarian breakfasts. Bike storage & WiFi.
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  • Windermere   (2.6 miles from the centre of Ambleside)
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    £530
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    Spacious three bedroom holiday lodge at White Cross Bay on the shores of Lake Windermere with private hot tub, outdoor deck and use of indoor pool and private marina. Sleeps 6.
     
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  • Ambleside   (1.8 miles from the centre of Ambleside)
    Sleeps 8
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    £350
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    A superb choice of luxury holiday cottages set in 51 acres of private grounds & woodland at Lake Windermere. Pets welcome in certain properties. Sleeps 4-8
     
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  • Ambleside   (0.1 miles from the centre of Ambleside)
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    Charming bed and breakfast accommodation in a convenient central Ambleside location - recently voted the most stunning town to live in the UK. Free WIFI and parking available.
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  • Ambleside   (0.0 miles from the centre of Ambleside)
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    £310
    Per Week (Seasonal) Sleeps 2
     
    Delightful one double bedroom cottage in Ambleside ideal for couples. Enjoy access to a nearby luxury spa & swimming pool. 3 & 4 night off peak short breaks. Parking & Wi-Fi.
     
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  • Windermere   (2.6 miles from the centre of Ambleside)
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    £550
    per week (seasonal) Sleeps 6
     
    Holiday lodge with private hot tub at White Cross Bay on the shores of Lake Windermere with private marina and boat launch, indoor pool, sauna and gym. Pets welcome. Sleeps 6.
     
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  • 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)
    Sleeps 8
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    £425
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    Rural 5 Star holiday park in Windermere close to the lake with an onsite inn, beer garden, games room, playground and horse riding available. Lodges, caravans and cottages.
     
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