Places to stay in Ambleside

Welcome to Ambleside

Famous Lake District town on the banks of the glorious Lake Windermere.

One of Cumbria's best known towns and a honeypot for tourists visiting the Lake District, Ambleside and its surrounding area is a stunning spot for trips of various types. Whether it's walking the Fairfield Horseshoe, watersports on Windermere or simply enjoying the shops, cafes and restaurants of the town, visit to enjoy the opportunities a trip can offer.

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Things to do in Ambleside

Five free things to do in Ambleside

Explore the countryside

From Grizedale Forest to Claife Heights, there are a number of trails to walk and cycle along to see the wildlife and beauty of the Ambleside area.

Discover the lakes

Spend an afternoon exploring the shore of the iconic Lake Windermere, less than a mile away from Ambleside, and watch the yachts and canoes make their way through the water.

Visit surrounding towns

Neighbouring villages and hamlets such as Rydal and Grassmere offer a look into the past with charming narrow streets, cobbled pre-war architecture and beautiful local sights to discover.

Arts and culture

Ambleside has a number of museums and even more art galleries – head to the Old Courthouse Gallery to see classic and contemporary work by a number of local artists inspired by the beautiful surroundings.

See the Lake District

Ambleside is perfectly located for you to head out into the Lake District and see what else is on offer in the region – the Visitors' Centre in Brockhole is a great place to start!

There's nowhere in the world quite like Ambleside

Ambleside's location in the middle of the Lake District makes it the ideal destination for outdoor lovers and explorers; the area boasts a wealth of activities and attractions, including wall climbing, bike hire, mountain treks and lake cruises, while the towns and villages offer entertainment and great locations for dining out.

The Lake District is a stunning area of national park, with a wide collection of wildlife and beautiful views across the countryside. Hike or cycle along the footpaths and bridleways, or head out onto the lakes for a more exciting afternoon of exploration!

Indoor climbing wall

Ambleside Climbing Wall

Here at Ambleside Climbing Wall there's an indoor climbing wall, bouldering room, and cafe. There's also a room dedicated to climbing gear, which can be hired.


Brockhole Visitor Centre

Take in the scenic views and gardens down to the shores of Windermere.  See the house first created by William Gaddum, a silk merchant from Manchester, as his family's 'summer house'.  Brows

Cycling in Ambleside and Windermere

Cycling in Windermere

The best cycling is out of season when there's less traffic. There's an endless variety of cycling routes from quiet lanes to high mountain passes.

Merz Barn

Merz Barn

Discover the recovery, documentation and restoration of Kurt Schwitters’ last Merzbau project; the Elterwater Merz Barn.


Walking and Rambling in Ambleside

A range of information on local walks is available from the hostel - just ask at reception and our friendly staff will be able to recommend a great walk for you.