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.
Standing close to Englands largest and most visited lake and surrounded by fells, woodlands and farm land, Ambleside is a classic Cumbrian town. It's a well balanced blend of specialist shops, a wealth of visitor accommodations, restaurants, cafés, pubs, historic sites and buildings including the landmark Bridge House, a museum and a library.

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.
July is a busy time in the Ambleside events calendar when usually on the first Saturday of the month the annual Rush Bearing Ceremony and Procession takes place followed at the end of the month by the immensely popular Ambleside Sports featuring all that is best of Lakeland traditions. For details of these and other events in and around the area please go to our Local Events Page.

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.


St. Marys

Bridge House

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

Bridge House
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.

Stagshaw Garden
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

Hill Top
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

U-Can Do
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
Windermere, Ambleside
Phone: 015394 34004

Ambleside Horticultural & Craft Society
The Society runs a yearly programme of entertaining and instructive events

Ambleside Sports
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
Hound Trails
Foot & Cycle Races

Windermere & Ambleside Angling Association
Phone: 015394 33203

Rydal Sheepdog Trials
Phone: 015394 45069

Zeffirellis Cinema
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

Lakeside Aquarium
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

Lakeland Safaris
Phone: 0 15394 33904

Ambleside Taxis
Phone: 015394 33842

Billy’s Taxis
Phone: 015394 31287

Brown’s Private Hire
Phone: 015394 33263

John’s Taxibus
Phone: 015394 32857

Kevin’s Taxis
Phone: 015394 32371

Mike's Car Service
Phone: 015394 33687

Steve’s Taxis
Phone: 015394 33544

Bicycle repairs and hire

Bike Treks, Ambleside.

Mobile Bike Service and Repair covering the South Lakes, Barrow, Ulverston and Kendal. Tel; 01229-587829. Mob; 07866733183.


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