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.
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.