Amazing Things to Do in Ambleside | Cumbria

Amazing Things to Do in Ambleside | Cumbria

Things to Do in Ambleside: Ambleside lies next to the northern shore of Lake Windermere, it is a small, busy Victorian town that is popular with tourists.

The town centre itself is mainly tourist-orientated with a host of craft shops, hiking shops, restaurants and guest houses.

On Wednesday's a small market can be found on King Street.

The perfect base for anyone wishing to explore the central lakes, especially those who wish to devote their holiday to exploring the fells and mountains as Scafell, Helvellyn, Coniston Old Man, the Langdale Pikes and High Street are only a short drive away.

What Should I See in Ambleside?

For those who want to have a more relaxing visit there are many places of interest to visit in the area, for example Rydal Mount and Dove Cottage, two of the homes of the poet William Wordsworth, are located at Grasmere, a few miles north of Ambleside.

A must for most visitors to Ambleside is Bridge House, alleged to be the Lake District's most photographed building and also a regular hangout for artists (Turner painted it).

Acquired by the National Trust in 1926 it is now a National Trust Shop, however, rumour has it that the tiny building was once home to a family of eight!

In Ambleside itself you can find the Armitt Museum (in which among its many interesting exhibits are a collection of Beatrix Potter's original natural history watercolours).

While at Adrian Sankey's open workshop you can watch the skill of the glass maker at work, using methods unchanged for hundreds of years.

Just south of the town and Ambleside's link with Lake Windermere, is Waterhead the northern terminus for the lake cruises.

Amazing Things to Do in Ambleside

At nearby Borrans Park, a popular place for a picnic or just to watch the activities on the lake, is the site of a Roman fort (Clanoventa) close to where the rivers Rothay and Brathay meet.

Other places of interest nearby include Stagshaw Woodland Gardens, Brockhole Visitor Centre and at the village of Troutbeck 3 miles south-east of Ambleside lies Townend, a 17th century wealthy yeoman farmers house.

Getting to Ambleside Cumbria

Ambleside is reached from the south by Jct. 36 of the M6, the A590 and the A591 this route takes you through Windermere.

From the east take Jct. 38, the A685 to Kendal and finally the A591.

From the north and north-east leave the M6 at Jct.40, take the A66 to Keswick and then the A591 to Ambleside.

For a more scenic route leave the M6 at Jct. 40, take the A66 and then the A592.

After Ullswater you will find Kirkstone Pass, Cumbria's highest road (1489ft).

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