We have added our walks to this page so you can make the most of your stay.

With so many great activities and attractions available for all the family, right on our doorstep, the question is where to start to get the most out of your stay?

A uniquely special place (situated within 5 miles of Hawkshead, Grasmere and Bowness-on-Windermere) Ambleside has a warm, friendly atmosphere and a host of things to enjoy all year round.

For a small town we've got lots to offer, a multitude of small specialist shops, excellent restaurants, lively pubs and three cinemas!

With the town on our doorstep, a day out can start right outside our front door. Relax without the car by taking a pleasant stroll to Lake Windermere, less than one mile away, or get behind the wheel and explore the stunning natural beauty of the Lake District.

Ambleside’s spectacular location offers a wide choice of walking and cycling throughout the year, from gentle strolls, to the challenges of the high fells. All with spectacular scenery.

Attractions & Walks

Local Attractions
The huge choice of local attractions makes Ambleside the perfect choice for visitors to the Lake District.

From the Armitt Gallery, Museum and Library - home of much of Beatrix Potter's work - to Zeffirelli's Cinema and a host of outdoor retailers, our staff will be on hand during your stay to help you choose what's best for you.

Windermere Jetty is a spectacular new museum that reflects industry and engineering in one of England’s most famously beautiful locations, the Lake District National Park. Within this new museum, we tell the stories behind the boats in our collection, and actively involve our visitors in the crafts and tradition that built them.Located a short drive away in Windermere it’s a great place for everyone to soak up the heritage of The Lake District! You can book tickets online to this attraction. 

Kitted out with maps for stunning walking routes, guides and leaflets galore, you're sure to make the most of your trip to nature's playground with a stay at Ambleside Townhouse!


Windermere Lake Cruises 

The most popular tourist attraction in the Lake District, Windermere Lake Cruises sail every day except Christmas Day on England's largest lake. The perfect way to explore the 10.5 miles of Lake Windermere. They offer stunning boat services on historic 'steamers' and modern launches, motor boat and rowing boat hire. Please see their website for details.

Windermere Lake Cruises

Lake District Paddle Boarding  

For an active adventure on Lake Windermere why not try paddle boarding. Lake District Paddle Boarding is Cumbria’s only dedicated Stand Up Paddle Boarding “SUP” provider in the Lake District. We offer paddle boarding introductions and lessons on Derwentwater, Keswick, Coniston Water, Bank Ground farm and Water Head Ambleside on Windermere. Windermere is the largest Lake in the Lake District at 11 miles long. All our SUP lessons and Paddle Board River Tours depart from Waterhead, Ambleside. The sheltered North end of the Lake is perfect for learning to Paddle Board, with sheltered bays and easy access into the mouth of the River Brathay. The close proximity to Ambleside’s lake side pubs is a perfect location stand up paddle boarding followed by a pint , what’s not to like!

For more details and to book please use their website 

Lake District Paddle Boarding

Mountain Goat 

At Mountain Goat, they have been touring the Lake District fells since 1972, they have a variety of award-winning guided tours that reach every corner of the National Park. Their day tours depart from Ambleside, Bowness, Grasmere, Kendal, Keswick and Windermere Please see their website for more information. We have also added their brouchure to the bottom of this page.

Mountain Goat


Cumbria Tourism website

Cumbria Tourism & the Tourist Information have a great selection of things to do in the Lake District. Explore some tasty food and drink inspiration and don’t forget to delve into our unique shops and retail experiences.

Cumbria Tourism

The National Trust

The National Trust want to make it as easy as possible for you to visit the places you love, and enjoy the landscapes and nature we’ve all missed. They have opened more than 100 gardens and parklands in England and Northern Ireland. From Monday 6 July, they are starting to gradually open gardens and parklands in Wales. To ensure the safety of their visitors, staff, volunteers and local communities, they have reduced the number of people they can welcome at one time and you’ll need to book your visit in advance.
Take a look at their website for lots of helpful information The National Trust



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