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Where to stay in Ambleside

VacationRenter offers 1,712 holiday lettings in Ambleside, and we’re confident that you’ll find a place that falls within your budget. Our website offers a wide selection of properties from top travel sites such as Airbnb, Vrbo, HomeAway,, and many more. If you’re in search of an affordable flat to let in Ambleside, you’ll be pleased to find that 20% of properties cost less than $85 a night. Staying in Ambleside will give you close access to Townend and Rydal Cave, making it easy to explore with your favourite travel companions. Can’t quite find the right holiday home in Ambleside? We can also provide search results for nearby cities like Ambleside and Ambleside. Allow us to help you plan the holiday you’ve been dreaming of.

Where Is Ambleside?

Ambleside is a timeless and charming town at the head of Windermere lake, within the Lake District National Park in the Cumbria region of northwest England. Windermere is known as the largest natural lake in England. This area is situated between Glasgow and Manchester; due east and inland from the Isle of Man. Kendal is the nearest large commercial center, located 30 minutes south.

What Is Ambleside Known For?

The town of Ambleside is small, but well-equipped to meet the needs of tourists traveling to the area. It is popular for walking, mountain biking, mountaineering, and boating. There are many outdoor shops, pubs, and guesthouses in relation to its size. Though a popular destination for holidays and summer homes, there is also a satellite campus for University of Cumbria, enlivening the year-round population. The town consists mostly of historical architecture clad in traditional British gray slate, stone, and whitewashed brick along narrow one-way streets.

Things to Do in Ambleside

  • Bridge House: Bridge House is a curious 17th-century relic structure, encompassing a bridge over the Rydal River. It’s just a short walk from Rydal Road Car Park and has been featured in some historical paintings — now worthy of a modern photograph.
  • Armitt Library & Museum: A compact, but fascinating museum featuring Lake District history from the 19th and 20th centuries, Armitt Library & Museum also features galleries of local artists. The gem includes a permanent and informative Beatrix Potter collection, detailing her relationship to the area and her work in conservation.
  • Fairfield Horseshoe: As one of many Lake District loop walks that’s generally easy to navigate through the ridges and along plateaus, Fairfield Horseshoe offers views of the whole Lake District from its highest points. The walk begins at Rydal Road in Ambleside and takes an average of five hours to complete.
  • Loughrigg Fell: A straightforward and reasonably light hike above Ambleside, Loughrigg Fell takes you through Rydal and onto Lake Grasmere, taking up a total of three to four hours and offering heavenly views. There are many places to start and finish, so plan your own route accordingly. You may want to include taking the Coffin Trail on the way down through Rydal Mount, to set up a picnic in the wide open fells, or enjoy a well-earned pint at the Golden Rule on the way back to Ambleside.

Popular Destinations Near Ambleside

  • Wray Castle: A Victorian Neo-Gothic castle built in 1840 by a retired surgeon, Wray Castle has belonged to the National Trust since 1929 and has been open to the public since 2011. The castle has served many purposes in its lifetime including a 40-year stint as a training college for Maritime Navy radio operators. The property is accessible by boat from Waterhead Pier for a fun adventure or by car in approximately 10 minutes from Ambleside.
  • Rydal Mount and Gardens: William Wordsworth spent most of his life at this grand 18th century home which is now privately owned by his direct descendants. It has evolved into an event space and museum dedicated to Willam Wordsworth himself. Many visitors arrive here by way of walking trails such as the Coffin Trial, though car access is also possible. The Rydal Mount and Gardens grounds include a natural waterfall and a four-acre garden restored to Wordsworth’s designs, as well as an inside tea room providing comfort and restoration to tired walkers.
  • Hill Top Farm: Beatrix Potter’s House: Exactly as one might imagine, the classic children’s book author Beatrix Potter lived and worked in a modest farmhouse at Hill Top Farm packed with all her favorite personal items. Offering free admission for National Trust members and a must-see for Peter Rabbit fans — we’d advise you to pre-purchase tickets and arrive early because capacity is limited to eight at a time. Each ticket is also assigned a specific time slot. The Beatrix Potter Gallery is a short stroll away from the village of Hawkshead, which is five miles southwest of Ambleside past Wray Castle.

Best Neighborhoods in Ambleside

  • Ambleside: Ambleside is the most robust and bustling village in the area, though not overly so with a population of only 2,500. The village includes a quarter square mile with ten different pubs catering to the outdoor-adventuring tourists and locals. A large array of both high-end and budget dining, shopping, and accommodation options can be found around the rectangle created by Lake Road and Wansfell Road.
  • Waterhead Pier: A mile south of town is the edge of the lake, where you’ll find the launching point for ferries and pleasure cruises at Waterhead Pier. Begin a walk, feed the ducks, catch a boat ride, wander through Borrans Park and its Roman fort ruins, or simply relax on the grassy banks with an ice cream and the watch boats. There are dining and accommodations in this neighborhood, but they are primarily higher-priced and tourist-oriented.

Home-types in Ambleside

Ambleside has a variety of property types for you to consider when booking a trip. Here are the most popular property types in Ambleside:

Points of interests in Ambleside

Ambleside has several popular points of interest for you to check out when visiting the area. Here are the most popular points of interest in Ambleside:
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