Explore at The Ambleside Inn

With its central location in the heart of Ambleside, The Ambleside Inn is perfectly placed for enjoying the Lake District’s many attractions and the lakes and fells that make it justly famous.

Eat, Drink, Sleep and Explore

Lake Windermere

Windermere lake, at 10.5 miles long, one mile wide and 220 feet deep, is the largest natural lake in both the Lake District and in England, and is fed by numerous rivers.

There’s an endless choice of water-based activities on the lake. Explore its waters by boat, by paddle, or try water skiing and windsurfing. Go wild swimming in the pristine waters or join in the UK’s biggest open water swimming event, the Great North Swim.

Experience the serenity of the lakes with a boat cruise. Windermere Lake Cruises has modern and traditional launches and ‘steamers’ sallying to and forth the full length of Windermere, calling at Waterhead, Bowness and Lakeside.

The Armitt Museum & Library

Opened in 1912, The Armitt is a unique combination of museum, library and gallery devoted to preserving and sharing the cultural heritage of the Lake District.

Beatrix Potter was one of the Armitt’s early supporters, and our collection holds a number of her family’s books as well as her personal first editions of the ‘little’ books. Her major gift however came in the form of a large number of exquisite botanical watercolours. At the centre of our exhibition ‘Beatrix Potter, Image and Reality’, these works reveal fascinating and lesser-known aspects of her life story.

The Armitt also houses one of the country’s most important collections of artwork by the artist Kurt Schwitters, who influenced the development of twentieth-century art and lived in Ambleside during his final years after fleeing Nazi Germany.

Wray Castle

With its turrets and towers, Wray Castle is every inch the perfect castle. Join one of the free tours to get the full life story of this National Trust owned Victorian neo-gothic castle.

As well as an adventure park for the children, take a stroll around Wray Castle Grounds for amazing views of the local fells and access to Windermere Lake shore, all year round.

Arrive by boat and make the journey part of your visit. Windermere Lakes Cruises offer a boat service to Wray Castle jetty.

Rydal Mount and Gardens

Rydal Mount lies between Ambleside and Grasmere and commands glorious views of Windermere, Rydal Water and the surrounding fells. It was William Wordsworth’s best loved family home for the greater part of his life from 1813 to his death in 1850 at the age of 80.

Here he wrote many of his poems and revised and improved much of his earlier works including I wandered Lonely as  a Cloud, The Prelude and the famous Daffodils poem. One of England’s finest poets, he went on to be Poet Laureate to Queen Victoria.

Grasmere Gingerbread

Invented by Victorian cook Sarah Nelson in 1854 in the village from where it gets its name, no trip to the Lake District is complete without a stop off at the Grasmere Gingerbread Shop to stock up on one of the Lake District’s most famous exports.

A unique, spicy-sweet cross between a biscuit and cake, its reputation quickly spread and it is now enjoyed by food lovers all over the world. A-list celebrity fans of the crumbly gingery slabs include Renee Zellweger who visited while filming Miss Potter and Tom Cruise.

The World of Beatrix Potter

A family attraction in Bowness, bringing to life Beatrix Potter’s stories in a magical recreation of the Lake District countryside featuring Peter Rabbit.

Explore the enchanting world that Beatrix Potter created in her books as all 23 of the famous tales are brought to life, recreating the beautiful Lake District countryside complete with sights, sounds and smells. Meet your favourite characters including Peter Rabbit, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and Jemima Puddle-Duck. Everyone can enjoy a sprinkling of Beatrix Potter magic, whatever the weather.

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