Tourist Info


 The Ambleside Tourist Information Centre (TIC) lists 19 restaurants, 13 cafes, 12 take aways, 2 chip shops and 4 pubs, not to mention hotels, that can all provide you with meals in Ambleside within easy walking distance of all our cottages. Our favourites include

  • The Log House
  • Piano Cafe
  • Watersedge Inn
  • Salutation Hotel
  • Unicorn Pub
  • Zeffirelliís







The Lake District National Park is a wonderful area for walking. Ambleside is the ideal centre. Ordnance Survey maps and walking guide books such as those by Wainwright will help you find your way around. The Lake District National Park Authority organises many guided walks between mid March and the end of December. See their free booklet Events & Park Life available from TICs or phone their Events Enquiries on 015394 46601. Their walks are graded between easy and hard.

Boats and Steam Trains


Use local boats, ferries, trains or buses in conjunction with your walks or just to enjoy the ride. The lakes Ulswater and Coniston have steamers and launches that you can use with walks back along lakeside paths. Enjoy a cruise down Lake Windermere from Amblesideís Waterhead to Lakeside at the south end of Windermere where you can transfer onto the steam driven Lakeside and Haverthwaite railway. Itís easy to combine a ride on the steam driven Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway with a walk in the Eskdale valley. 

Homes and Gardens


  • Dove Cottage, Grasmere, and Rydal Mount, Rydal near Ambleside, homes of William Wordsworth,
  • Brantwood beside Lake Coniston, home of John Ruskin
  • Hill Top, Near Sawrey, home of Beatrix Potter
  • Sizergh Castle and garden, Kendal
  • Levens Hall and Topiary Gardens, Kendal

Art Galleries


  • Heaton Cooper Studio, Grasmere
  • Artistsí exhibitions in Grasmere and Ambleside



        Theatre by the Lake, Keswick (half an hour by car, Tel: 017687 74411),

         Evening cruise on Lake Windermere with bar and fork buffet to the sound of The New Hall Jazz Band (Tel: 015394 43056),

        Meal and film at Zeffirelliís cinema in Ambleside.

        Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, Tel: 01539 725133



  • Leaflets supplied at our cottages
  • Ambleside Tourist Information Centre, Market Cross, Ambleside, Tel: 015394 32582
  • South Lakeland District Council publishes a free leaflet available at TICs listing over 60 exciting places to visit, both indoors and out.

Tourist Information Centre, Market Cross, Ambleside ( Tel: 015394 32582)

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