Exploring Ambleside – Things to See and Do

Ambleside is a beautiful town in the Lake District in Cumbria. It sits at the head of Windemere, England's largest natural lake.

Ambleside is a beautiful town in the Lake District in Cumbria. It sits at the head of Windemere, England’s largest natural lake. It’s a great starting point for a range of incredible walks throughout the area.

Ambleside Town:

The town features stunning primarily Victorian grey slate buildings, housing cafes, shops, restaurants, hotels and more. 

When visiting be sure to stop in for a quick bite at one of the many eateries whether for a full meal or a snack there’s plenty on offer. 

Within the town there is White Platt’s Recreation Ground. It features Mini Golf, a Bowling Green, a Play Area and more!

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There’s also swim shops, a library and museum and a great Garden Centre. 

The Pier (Waterhead Pier):

Heading down from the town to the pier which is approximately a 1 mile walk there are steamers and ferries available to various points along Windermere such as Bowness. You can sometimes get horse drawn carriages between the pier and the town. 

Another feature of the pier is the small boats that you can rent to explore the lake, these vary in size and type but offer 1 – 2 hours for you to head out and see the stunning scenery.

Borrans Park and The Roman Fort:

Between the pier and the town is Borrans Park and Ambleside Roman Fort.  The park is a great spot for picnics and enjoying the view. 

The Roman Fort features the remains of a Roman Fort built in the 2nd century alongside the edge of Lake Windermere. Although only small amounts of the fort are left, the signs throughout the area offer a fascinating insight into what used to be there.

What is now primarily a field used to be a bustling fort with rooms clearly mapped out and large stone walls present throughout. 


Places to Stay in Ambleside:

Throughout Ambleside there are lots of places to stay ranging from Bed and Breakfasts to Hotels and log cabins. The town can be quite busy during peak seasons as it is a popular place, so book early!

Annual Events in Ambleside:

Throughout the year there are some great events in Ambleside ranging from Sports Tournaments to guided walks and festivals.


Ambleside is somewhat remote, so getting there is easiest via Car or Coach. However there is a branch line railway station in Windermere, Buses can be taken from here to Ambleside. Additionally there are train routes to Oxenholme with Bus routes then running to Kendal and then to Ambleside. 

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Parking in Ambleside: 

The main places to Park in Ambleside are:

Pier Parking:

Lakeside Car Park

Borrans Road Car Park

Town Parking:

Lake Road Car Park

Miller Bridge Town Centre Car Park

Rydal Road Car Park

Low Fold Car Park

Hotel / Bed and Breakfast dedicated car parks if you’re staying at these.

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