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Destination guide

Ambleside lodges offer natural wonders and small-town charm

At the head of Windermere Lake, you'll find the town of Ambleside. When you book one of the Lake District lodges in this area, you can enjoy the natural wonders of the national park in addition to small-town charm. There are numerous historical buildings around town and seemingly even more pubs. With some 10 pubs and bars within just a quarter-mile radius, it makes sense when you consider the proximity to the University of Cumbria in addition to how many travellers come through town. Lodges in this area tend to be fairly luxurious, but given its popularity with travellers of all budgets, you'll find affordable options as well.

 
History

Be enthralled by Ambleside's history and heritage

While the more palpable history of Ambleside is clearly Victorian, there's actually a deeper story lurking beneath the stone-built facades and 18th-century mill houses near Ambleside holiday homes. Just to the south of town are the evocative ruins of the Ambleside Roman Fort. The site is made up of a series of excavated foundations, sitting in the shadow of the great Lake District peaks, and they date all the way back to the 1st century AD. Later ages saw Ambleside become a major centre of textile trading, bringing wealth to local families. They raised striking residences, like the charming Bridge House, which sits over the Stock Ghyll. The Armitt Museum and Library helps to chronicle the influence of the Romantic era on Ambleside and runs regular literary events and workshops.

Activities

Activities and attractions in Ambleside

Are you searching for attractions to visit while you're in the area? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and experience everything that makes Ambleside a fun spot to go on holiday. Here are some of the most popular attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Windermere Golf Club (5.8 mi / 9.4 km)
  • Brantwood (6.7 mi / 10.8 km)
  • Go Ape Grizedale (6.8 mi / 10.9 km)
  • Lakes Aqaurium (10.7 mi / 17.2 km)
  • Rookin House Activity Centre (12.9 mi / 20.8 km)
  • Lakeland Maze Farm Park (14.1 mi / 22.7 km)
Outdoor activities

Outdoors adventures around Ambleside holiday lettings

It's no secret that Ambleside holiday cottages are perfectly placed for launching outdoorsy explorations into the depths of the celebrated English Lake District. Strap on the boots and miles of trails will open before you. They go from easy fell walks up Wansell Pike to high mountain hikes across to Rydal and Grasmere. And it doesn't end on the paths, either – more adrenaline-hungry travellers can organise canyoning expeditions up the babbling creeks of the reserve, rock-climbing days, or canoe and kayak outings over vast Windermere Lake.

Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Ambleside

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to take in the scenery, Ambleside is a great place to get outside. These are some of the area's most eye-catching sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Dora's Field (1.2 mi / 2 km)
  • Wansfell Pike (1.7 mi / 2.7 km)
  • Skelwith Force (2.3 mi / 3.7 km)
  • Alcock Tarn (2.4 mi / 3.9 km)
  • Helm Crag (3.1 mi / 4.9 km)
  • Easdale Tarn (4 mi / 6.4 km)
How to get around

Boats, buses and walking to get around Ambleside

Navigating from your Ambleside holiday home on foot isn't hard – the place is made up of just 2 streets and a few side alleys, with a trio of handsome stone-built bridges that arch over the babbling Stock Ghyll waterway. To travel the length of Windermere Lake, you might like to hop on a traditional timber boat or board a vintage cruiser drifting down to Bowness and Brockhole each day. When it comes to leaving behind your cosy Ambleside holiday cottage for an adventure in the fells of the Lake District National Park, there's really nothing for it but to lace up the hiking boots and hit the trails – there's a veritable maze of them on offer.

Food & drink 

Foodie trips to Ambleside holiday rentals

Ambleside has established itself as something of an unexpected gastronomic hub in the midst of the Lake District. It's peppered with excellent restaurants and cafes that offer a welcome respite from the wild elements of the mountains, not to mention a range of intriguing flavours. Traditional English cooking is alive and kicking in these parts, with gastropubs that brim with gravy-doused roasts come Sunday afternoon. A break for cream tea and biscuits is also a must, while cafe menus come stacked with sandwiches made from Cumbrian farmhouse bread and regional cheeses. There's a distinct creative edge to the tastes in other restaurants, with boundary-pushing European dishes forged using organic British ingredients. Ales and ciders brewed by local hands are the tipple of choice in the pubs, come evening.

Essential info

Facts for those staying in an Ambleside holiday let

  • The currency used in Ambleside is GBP, as in the rest of the UK
  • Ambleside can get wet and cold, especially in the winter, so always pack a raincoat and something warm
  • The population of Ambleside itself is just 2,600
  • A tip of 10% is normal in restaurants
  • Have the right gear – good boots, a compass, waterproofs – if you're planning on hiking in the Lake District

Can I find a vacation rental around Ambleside?

Yes, our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 1,592 vacation rentals near Ambleside. From 989 cottages to 989 cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Ambleside for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Ambleside?

Vrbo UK offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Ambleside. From Vrbo UK travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Scafell Pike: 1,275 vacation rentals
  • Cartmel Racecourse: 1,437 vacation rentals
  • Tarn Hows: 1,550 vacation rentals
  • Helm Crag: 1,529 vacation rentals
  • Coniston Water: 1,474 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Ambleside listed on Vrbo UK where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Ambleside?

Yes, of course. Vrbo UK has 989 Cottages in Ambleside. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Ambleside include:

  • Cabins: 989 rentals available
  • Houses: 1,336 rentals available
  • Lodges: 31 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Flats and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Ambleside?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 106 vacation rentals with pool available in Ambleside. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.