Our award winning Pizzeria is the Lake District's most popular dinning experience. Last orders 10pm.

The album CSI:Ambleside, by Birkenhead-based band Half Man Half Biscuit, is named after the town.

In September 2014, the newly refurbished campus was reopened to welcome students on courses ideally situated in this setting in the heart of the Lake District.

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To the south of Ambleside is the Roman fort of Galava, dating from AD 79.[2]

Dating back to the 1st Century, there's plenty of history to uncover at the Roman Fort in Ambleside. Find out more about the beginnings and purpose of the fort and imagine a bustling community on your visit to the remains on the shore of Lake Windermere.

We can provide a packed lunch including a freshly prepared sandwich, a delicious cake, cereal bar, a bottle of mineral water, a packet of crisps and a piece of fresh fruit.

The building was depicted by the Victorian landscapist Lewis Pinhorn Wood (1848-1918) in his late 19th century work The Cobbler's Shop on the Bridge.

Pets are not permitted at YHA Ambleside. Assistance dogs are welcome.

The German artist Kurt Schwitters lived in Ambleside for two years until his death in 1947. He had been interned in the Isle of Man during World War II after moving to England to escape the Nazis.

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points. Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

Thanks to Ambleside's magnificent setting at the head of Lake Windermere , there's plenty of things to do in Ambleside. It's probably best known for being the perfect base for exploring the heart of the Lake District.

Admissions Policy: Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult (aged 18 or over). Children under 11 are welcome at YHA but can only stay in private or family rooms or in our camping and cabins products. Children aged between 11 and 16 can stay in dorm rooms as long as they are accompanied by an adult of the same gender.

Built on a bridge over a beck in bustling Ambleside, this quaint little building was, amazingly, once home to a family of eight.

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The Ambleside village has plenty of shops to browse, three cinemas for evening entertainment and plenty of great pubs to refresh you after your activity-filled day. We can organise outdoor activity packages for groups, including rock climbing, kayaking, ghyll scrambling and canoeing. If you're on a walking holiday, don't forget to ask at reception for walking routes in the area.

Ambleside is ideally located in the centre of the Lake District. The town is situated at the North end of Windermere Lake and at the foot of the popular scenic route over Kirkstone Pass. It's location and idyllic scenery make it an ideal base for visitors to explore the national park.

One free children's meal is avaialable per adult main meal from the main menu when purchased at the same time. This offer is not available on breakfast.

Photograph contributors: Julian Thurgood, Ann Bowker , Jonathan Webb , Simon Ledingham

Built on the shores of Lake Windermere when Cumbria was a land of mountainous warfare, today it's a beautiful spot, steeped in history and perfect for a picnic by the lakeshore.

Bridge House was built over Stock Ghyll more than 300 years ago, probably as a summer house and apple store for Ambleside Hall. It was purchased by local people in 1926 and given to the National Trust. Listed Grade I, the building is now used as an information centre for the National Trust, and is part of the Trust's Windermere and Troutbeck property.[9] [10]

Indoor climbing wall, bouldering room, and Café. There's also a room dedicated to climbing gear, which can be hired.

In the 1850s, ‘Chairy’ Rigg, a basket maker and chair repairer, brought up a family of six in the tiny Bridge House.

Take in the scenic views and gardens down to the shores of Windermere. Browse the shop and have a treat in the café.

An enchanting woodland garden full of unusual shrubs and trees, with rambling paths and a different delight around each corner.

Watch otters swim from the underwater tunnel, stroll through the tropical rainforest and explore the seashore discovery zone.

On 1 December 2009, it was announced that the Ambleside campus would be 'mothballed' at the end of July 2010, and would no longer take new undergraduate students. The closure was in the face of fierce opposition from the Ambleside students,[11] the townspeople, and support pledged from Tim Farron, MP for the campus and its students.[12][13][14]

Equipment hire from £15.00 Mineral water £1.30 per bottle Tea, coffee and biscuits £2.00 per serving

Enjoy a cold beer or a glass of wine in our licensed bar.

We offer a full hot and cold buffet breakfast to kick-start your day. Breakfast is available from 7.30 - 9.30am. Breakfast is now available at 10% off - ONLY WHEN PRE-BOOKED. Simply add it to your basket at check out to save!

Breakfast butties £3.50 per person Working lunch £6.50 per person

Take a walk through Miss Potter's famous tales, complete with animatronics and walk-through scenes from her stories. Don't forget to exit through the gift shop!

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Choose one of our gentle rambles through a Lake District woodland or challenge yourself to a hike taking in the dramatic Cumbria countryside.

Our lakeshore parks offer access to the water and are brilliant for a picnic and a bit of a paddle. The lake itself is ripe for exploration, it has no fewer than 18 islands and is home to the Lake District’s largest population of Goldeneye Ducks.

Bed & Breakfast with 3 rooms, £38-£45 pppnb

‘Steamers’ (in reality diesel-powered ferries) run to Bowness-on-Windermere and Lakeside offering fine views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Ambleside is a base for hiking, mountaineering and mountain biking. It has a number of hotels, guest houses, pubs and restaurants as well as shops. In particular, there are a number of shops selling equipment for walkers and climbers in the town.

For those interested in an adventure on foot there’s plenty of choice, with something to suit even the littlest legs. One of our favourites is the short walk from Ambleside to Stagshaw Gardens which, in the spring and summer, bursts into life with a blaze of colour and scent. Alternatively, venture into one of our ancient woodlands and discover some of the country’s tallest trees and a habitat teeming with wildlife and mini-beasts.

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The property has a small car park. If this is full when you arrive there is limited on-street parking in front of the pier and on Lake Road (3 minute walk). There is also a pay and display car park two minutes' walk from the hostel on Borrans Road (2 minute walk) which offers free parking from 18:00 - 08:00.