Below is a list of Ambleside Attractions with
Photos, Websites, Phone Numbers, Information and
links to Maps and Reviews.
Click on the Postcodes for Maps and Reviews.
The Attractions are listed by closest to
Ableside Boat Tours on Lake
There are a number of boat tours from the Waterhead
Pier at Ambleside, on large three deck boats with a
bar, and a number of smaller boats. There is also a
good selection of motor boats and rowing boats for
hire. The boat tours go to the islands, Bowness on
Windermere about 5 miles south, and Lakeside
about 12 miles south. There is a large pay and
display car park by the pier. Map. Phone number
01539 443 360.
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White Platts recreation
In the centre of Ambleside on Compston Road, next to
St Mary's Church. The park is extremely popular for
bowls, tennis, putting and a mini golf course. Phone
number 01539 431 332.
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St Mary's Church
On Vicarage Road, next to White Platts recreation
ground. It was built between 1850 and 1854, in the
Early Gothic style to designs of the architect Sir
George Gilbert Scott. Visitors welcome. Phone number
01539 433 205.
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There are three cinemas in Ambleside run by the
restaurants Fellinis and Zeffirellis. The cinemas at
the restaurants offer dining and movie deals. There
is also the Zeffs by the Park cinema next to St
Mary's Church that shows the latest Hollywood
releases in digital and 3D, as seen right. Phone
01539 433 845.
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North side of Ambleside on Rydal Road. This is one of
Britains smallest museums serving as a museum, art
gallery and library. The museum covers the cultural
heritage of the Lake District. Phone number 01539 431
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The Old Courthouse
In the centre of Amblesdie on Market Place. A
spacious gallery displaying on three floors, the best
in contemporary British art & craft Phone number
01539 432 022.
Website . LA22 9BU
Close to the centre of Ambleside on Lake Road.
Beginners of all ages can receive expert tuition and
supervision from highly qualified and experienced
instructors on the 35ft wall and Bouldering Room.
Tel: 01539 433 794.
Website . LA22 0DB
Ambleside Roman Fort
On the south side of Ambleside by Borrans Park, by
the Waterhead Pier. The remains of a 2nd-century fort
thought to have been built by Hadrian to guard the
Roman road from Brougham to Ravenglas. Managed by the
National Trust. Tel: 0370 333 1181.
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Under 1 mile south of Ambleside. This 8 acre garden
has a vast collection of rhododendrons, camellias and
azaleas, as well as many other rare trees and plants.
Tel: 01539 446 027.
Website . LA22 0HE
River Rothay Stepping
1 mile north of Ambleside. There is a circular flat
walk from Ambleside that can also take in the 735ft
Todd Crag hill for great views over Ambleside and
Lake Windermere. The stepping stones are one of the
most photographed attractions in Cumbria.
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Low Wood Bay Watersports
1 mile south of Ambleside. Instruction & Hire include
dinghy and keelboat sailing, canoeing, kayaking,
waterskiing, wakeboarding and powerboating, and have
available for hire motor boats and rowing boats,
sailing dinghies and keelboats, sit-on-top kayaks and
open canoes. Tel: 01539 439 441.
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2 miles south of Ambleside. Enjoy the scenic gardens,
treat yourself in the cafe, take a Treetop Trek,
bounce around on the Treetop Nets, and lots of great
attractions. Phone number 01539 446 601.
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2 miles north of Ambleside in the very small village
of Rydal. The hall is now operated as a Retreat and
Holiday Centre. You can visit the gardens free of
charge, doantions can be made. There is also the Old
Schoolroom Teashop that is popular with visitors.
Phone number 01539 432 050.
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2 miles north of Ambleside in the very small village
of Rydal. This was William Wordsworth's family home
from 1813 to his death in 1850. Attractions are the
House, Gardens, and Tearoom. Rydal Church is also
worth visiting to see the pews where the Wordsworth
family worshiped. Phone 01539 433 002.
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4 miles north of Ambleside, across the main road from
Grasmere village centre. This was the home of William
Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy from 1799 to 1808.
This period is said to be when Wordsworth wrote some
of his finest works. The cottage is now run as a
museum, and there is a larger building close by that
holds more Wordsworth exhibitions. Phone number 01539
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St Oswald's Church
4 miles north of Ambleside, in the centre of Grasmere
village. The earliest parts of the church are
believed to be from the 1200s. The poet William
Wordsworth and his wife were buried in the churchyard
in the 1850s. Their graves are at the rear of the
church. The nave holds a memorial for William
Wordsworth. Tel: 01539 435 326.
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4 miles north of Ambleside, on the north side of
Grasmere village. This is a restored Georgian mansion
that William Wordsworth lived in from 1808 to 1810.
The National Trust now run the house with it being
first opened to the public in 2012. There is also an
interesting woodland walk at the house. Phone number
01539 435 143.
Website . Walk Photos
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4 miles southeast of Ambleside. The gardens are open
each day throughout the year from dawn til dusk. The
reception desk is open from April - October, 10:00 am
- 5:00 pm. Tel: 01539 446 008.
Website . LA23 1NP
4 miles southwest of Ambleside on the banks of Lake
Windermere. Wray Castle was built in 1840 for a
retired surgeon, James Dawson from Liverpool. The
National Trust took over the property in 1929, but
have only recently opened it to the public on a
regular basis. You can catch a Boat that runs from
Ambleside and Bowness to the castle with an option
for a walk as well. Phone number 01539 433 250.
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Kankku OffRoad Driving
Based about 4 miles south of Ambleside in the centre
of Windermere on Victoria Street. Tracks in the Lake
District National Park for complete beginners and
experienced 4x4 drivers. Phone number 01539 447
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Langdale Valley About
7 miles west of Ambleside. The area is one of the
most remote and scenic in the Lake District. There
are a number of flat walks, and hikes over some of
the toughest looking mountains in England, including
Harrison Stickle. Rock Climbing, Ghyll Scrambling,
and Para Gliding are also popular. The area has a
number of popular country hotels and Inns for drinks
and meals. Beware wehn driving, as it is hard to
follow the road with all the great scenery
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Hill Top House
7 miles southwest of Ambleside at the small village
of Near Sawrey. Hill Top House was Beatrix Potter's
17th-century farmhouse that she bough in 1905 with
the procedes of her first book, the Tale of Peter
Rabbit. The house has been maintained as it was when
Beatrix Potter lived there. Tel: 01539 436 269.
Website . wiki/page . LA22 0LF
Esthwaite Water Trout
7 miles southwest of Ambleside. A first class, well
managed Trout fishery in a natural 280 acre water
with excellent facilities for boat or bank fishing.
Tel: 01539 436 541.
Website . LA22 0QF
8 miles southwest of Ambleside. The park offers
GoApe Zip Lines,
Walking Trails, Cycling Trails, Outdoor Sculptures,
Cafe, Shop and more. Phone number 0300 067 4495.
Website . LA22 0QJ