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Places to stay in Ambleside

Set in the heart of the Lakes, Ambleside marks the ideal base for families to explore one of the most stunning locations in England’s north west. The village itself boasts enough stores to satisfy those shopaholics out there, but the beauty of the setting could well ensure their pennies remain firmly in their pockets, thanks to the dizzying heights and dazzling stretches of water that decorate this unique landscape. As if the Lakes didn’t hold enough magic for kids with the awe-inspiring countryside to explore, Ambleside was also home to children’s writer Beatrix Potter, author of the beloved Peter Rabbit books.

Hostels in Ambleside
Hostels in Ambleside

A fast-paced trip full of watersports, walking and climbing, or a relaxed break enjoying all the stunning views the Lake District has to offer; whatever kind of family holiday you’re after, Ambleside has something for you. Best of all, YHA Ambleside’s position on the edge of Lake Windermere means this hostel is in the hub of it all.


Five Free Things To Do In Ambleside

Go for a stroll or trek
Get out there! Ambleside is the perfect place to get your teeth into a good walk. Equip yourself with a map and a picnic, then let nature keep you all entertained for the whole day.

Mountain biking
If you want to make the most of the Lakes’ stunning views, but at a faster pace, mountain biking could be the perfect activity for you. Enjoy the varied terrain as you make your way through scenery that will never fail to take your breath away.

Brockhole Lake District Visitor Centre
Take the kids to Brockhole Lake District Visitor Centre - positioned halfway between Windermere and Ambleside - to enjoy interactive exhibitions, an adventure playground and beautiful gardens, along with useful visitor information.

Step into Peter Rabbit’s world
Visit the beautiful garden at Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s home. It has been lovingly planted with the author’s favourite flowers and vegetables, and while you have to pay to look round the house itself, the garden is free and well worth seeing.

Wildlife spotting
Look out for wintering birds such as tufted ducks, coots and goldeneye, and be sure to keep eyes peeled for otters and white-clawed crayfish.

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