Looking for the perfect Lake District spot to enjoy your next getaway? Look no further than Ambleside, a bustling town on the shore of Lake Windermere. With it’s fill of quaint cafes, boutiques, and museums, it’s the ideal spot for culture lovers. But it’s also within touching distance of some of the most spectacular rural walks in the country, so you’ll have the best of both worlds.
What’s more, the iconic lakeside retreat boasts an impressive roster of former residents including Beatrix Potter, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. This picturesque town can be found at the northern end of stunning Lake Windemere, near the equally enchanting towns of Grasmere and Hawkshead.
Browse our selection of enchanting Ambleside holiday cottages, to find your perfect retreat:
We have cottages in Ambleside for any type of holiday you can dream of, from short and sweet breaks to last minute holidays. Our quaint cottages for two are perfect for a romantic getaway, but we also have larger cottages that are ideal for big group bookings. Our pet-friendly cottages are perfect for those who want to tackle Ambleside’s fabulous walking trails with a furry friend in tow.
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There’s never a dull moment in Ambleside with activities galore for all interests, from magical walks to marvellous cultural spots to wonderful family activities.
One of the main attractions of the Lake District is the amazing scenic walks, and Ambleside certainly doesn’t fall short in this department.
Keen hikers will love climbing the magnificent 335 metre Loughrigg Fell, or walking to the spectacular Stock Ghyll Force, a 20 metre waterfall. If you fancy blissful views of Lake Windemere, try Jenkin Crag, which includes a stroll through the beautiful Stagshaw Gardens. An ideal ramble for the dendrophiles, (tree lovers to us regular folk), is the Ambleside Champion Tree Trail, where you can find England’s tallest Grand Fir.
Ambleside is brimming with historical landmarks and cultural sites. Visit the ruins of the Roman Fort of Galava to appreciate the deep ancient history of the region. Or for more recent history, visit the idyllic 17th century Bridge House, a frequently photographed and free to visit landmark that is famous for its quaint beauty.
Literature lovers can’t miss Rydal Mount, former home of William Wordsworth himself. Head to Wordworth’s seat to overlook Rydall Water from the poet’s own favourite vantage point and enjoy a trip to the adorable Nab Cottage in the grounds.
At the Armitt Museum and Library, you can appreciate another of Ambleside’s renowned former residents, Beatrix Potter. Or perhaps you’d rather visit the 19th century Wray Castle, a gorgeous example of Gothic Revival architecture.
Adventurous and daring families will love tackling the heights of the Ambleside climbing wall, or instead using their smarts to solve the Ambleside Rambler’s Riddle treasure trail. And how about catching a movie? Zeferelli’s glamourous cinema also comes with a café, restaurant and jazz bar.
Rumbling stomachs are never an issue in Ambleside, with yummy eateries galore.
For a cup of tea and a slice of cake, Ambleside has many cafes serving up tasty treats. The Apple Pie Café and Bakery provides an array of wonderful baked goods along with locally roasted coffee, house blended hot chocolate and Ferrer’s teas. And at the Copper Pot you can try a variety of inventive burgers or an indulgent plate of loaded fries as well as Mr. Duffin’s coffee roasted in nearby Stanley.
If you’re craving the grub of a traditional country pub, Ambleside is the perfect place for you. Try The Flying Fleece, a charming family friendly pub within a slice of Ambleside history- the building was once a 15th century mill. Or instead enjoy a fabulous three-course meal at the Drunken Duck.
Amongst Ambleside’s traditionally English delights, there are also restaurants offering amazing foods from around the world. You’ll find delicious Thai food at Doi Intanon and Mediterranean dishes at Dodd’s. And Zeferelli’s Italian meals are completely vegetarian.
There is a wide array of luxury dining options in Ambleside. The Lake Road Kitchen, owned by a former MasterChef contestant, offers exquisite five, eight and ten course tasting menus. Or for Michelin Star dishes, head to the Old Stamp House, a high-class restaurant found in the former office of William Wordsworth himself.
Our range of Ambleside Cottages offer exceptional quality, self-catering accommodation in the Lake District. Each of our cottages are unique in their charm and style, so book now for your perfect Lake District holiday.
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