Ambleside Tourist Information
Ambleside, at the northern end of Lake Windermere has been one of the Lake District and Cumbria's major tourist destinations since it was “discovered” in the mid 19th Century.
Walking and cycling tracks and trails are just a short distance from the town centre and a brief bus journey, or, by horse drawn carriage in the summer months, takes you to Waterhead Pier for a leisurely cruise on the calm waters of Windermere.
Ambleside's street parking regulations include a Permit Holders Only scheme. The permits are free of charge and can be obtained from some shops, restaurants, pubs and the Tourist Information centre.
Day visitors from outside the region reaching nearby Windermere and Bowness may wish to complete their journey by taking the lake steamer from Bowness Pier or an open top double deck bus from Windermere Railway Station. Both of these provide wonderful lake and mountain views and take less than 30 minutes.
How to get there:
By rail: From the London to Scotland West Coast Main Line, change at Oxenholme for Windermere.
From Windermere, take one of the many buses or taxis. The journey is four miles.
By road: Situated on the A591, Ambleside is easily accessible from the M6 motorway, exiting at J36.
Attractions in Ambleside
Armitt Museum & Library Centre
See over 2000 years of local Lake District history at Ambleside’s Armitt Museum and Library. From the Romans to Beatrix Potter along with Ruskin, Wordsworth and Kurt Schwitters.
Rydal Road, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9BL
Phone: 015394 31212
Fax: 015394 31313
Featured often on postcards, is a tiny building spanning the Stock Beck. Originally used as an apple store, folklore has it that it was erected by the owner as a method of Land Tax avoidance. An explanation by no means proved!
Rydal Road, Ambleside, Cumbria.
High Sweden Bridge
Located just a short walk from Ambleside, this typically Cumbrian packhorse bridge is a beautiful spot to simply hang out on a warm, summer’s afternoon. The river that flows beneath the bridge, Scandale Beck, tumbles down the valley in a succession of pools and waterfalls and if you fancy a longer walk, follow the track beside the stream to the head of the valley from where you can swing left onto Low Pike, before looping back down to Ambleside via Low Sweden Bridge.
This woodland garden was created by the late Cubby Acland, a regional agent for the National Trust until 1973. It covers approximately 8 acres and offers a fine collection of shrubs, including many notable azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons. Adjacent to the garden are Skelghyll Woods, which offer delightful walks and access to the fells beyond, as well as superb views over Windermere. Vehicular access to the gardens is a little difficult so park at Waterhead and walk to Stagshaw from there.
Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0HE
Phone: 015394 46027
Fax: 015394 46027
Located in England 's historic Lake District , this working farm owned by Beatrix Potter was the setting for her delightful and popular series of animal tales.
Nr Sawrey, Ambleside LA22 0LF
Phone: 01539 436269
Life's a Struggle if you can't juggle!
Ambleside Community Jugglers invite you to join them.
No previous experience necessary:
Juggling, Poi, Diabolo, Unicycling, Object Manipulation, Devilstick Staff & More!
Every Tuesday (6.30-8.30pm) at the University of Cumbria Sports Centre at Nook Lane (off Rydal rd,)
£2 per session (+ refreshment)
Children Under 12 Yrs MUST be accompanied by paying adult
Phone Andy Jester on: +44 (0)15394 33982 or
CANOE, KAYAK, AND CYCLE HIRE.
U-cando is located on the North Eastern shoreline of Lake Windermere at the Youth Hostel Association, Waterhead, Ambleside. With its stunning lake frontage and breathtaking mountain backdrop we are ideally situated for your water borne, and cycling adventure.
Phone: 07542 460820
Low Wood Watersports Centre
Phone: 015394 34004
Ambleside Horticultural & Craft Society
The Society runs a yearly programme of entertaining and instructive events
A traditional Lakeland event, now in it’s 3rd century.
Always held on the Thursday prior to the first Monday in August, this event includes:
Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling
Guides Races & the Rydal Round Fell Race
Foot & Cycle Races
Windermere & Ambleside Angling Association
Phone: 015394 33203
Rydal Sheepdog Trials
Phone: 015394 45069
Zeffirellis is a lively and stylish Wholefood Pizzeria with Two Cinemas,
Shopping gallery and garden Room Café, situated in the heart of the English Lake District
Windermere Lake Cruises
A great day out on the shores of Lake Windermere.
Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway
Church of St Mary
Has a chapel pledged to William Wordsworth who it is said regularly attended. Hosts the annual Rush Bearing Ceremony.
Food and Drink in Ambleside
Apple Pie Eating House - Rydal Road , Ambleside
Phone: 015394 33679
Bertrams - Market Place, Ambleside
Phone: 015394 32119
The Café - Bridge Street, Ambleside
Chester 's Coffee Shop & Restaurant - Skelwith Bridge, Ambleside
Phone: 015394 32553
China Cottage - 7 Lake Road , Ambleside
Phone: 015394 31388
Garden Room Café - Compston Road, Ambleside
Phone: 015394 31612
The Glass House Café - Rydal Road , Ambleside
Phone: 015394 32137
Golden Rule Hotel - Smithy Brow, Ambleside
Phone: 015394 32257
The Jade Garden - Compston Road , Ambleside
Phone: 015394 31888
Log House Restaurant & Wine Bar - Lake Road , Ambleside
Phone: 015394 31077
Luigi's - Osbourne Villa, Kelsick Road , Ambleside
Phone: 015394 33676
Novella Pizzaria - Compston Road , Ambleside
Phone: 015394 32430
Peggy's Bakery - Compston Road , Ambleside
Scotts Café - Waterhead, Ambleside
Phone: 015394 34853
Sheila's Cottage Country - The Slack, Ambleside
Phone: 015394 33079
Wainwrights Inn - Great Langdale, Ambleside
Phone: 015394 38092
Walnut Fish Bar - Old Post Office Buildings , Millans Park , Ambleside
Phone: 015394 32521
The Britannia Inn - Elterwater, Ambleside
Phone: 015394 37210
Fax: 015394 37311
Drunken Duck Inn - Barngates, Ambleside
Phone: 015394 36347
Fax: 015394 36781
Maple Tree Corner Grocery – Elterwater,
Phone: 015394 37221
Stampers Restaurant - Church Street
A cellar restaurant serving locally farmed, grown and produced food. Extensive wine list.
Transportation in Ambleside
Phone: 0 15394 33904
Phone: 015394 33842
Phone: 015394 31287
Brown’s Private Hire
Phone: 015394 33263
Phone: 015394 32857
Phone: 015394 32371
Mike's Car Service
Phone: 015394 33687
Phone: 015394 33544
Bicycle repairs and hire
Bike Treks, Ambleside. www.biketreks.net
Mobile Bike Service and Repair covering the South Lakes, Barrow, Ulverston and Kendal. Tel; 01229-587829. Mob; 07866733183.