The picturesque village of Ambleside is centrally located in the Lake District national park at the northern tip of Lake Windermere. This spectacular location is a year round attraction and has everything you need for a brilliant holiday, with a variety of shops and attractions including galleries, gifts, bars, restaurants, grocers, cinema, mini-golf, tennis, river and lake side walks and fell-top hikes.


Local and Tourist Information for Ambleside in the Heart of the Lake District.

Accommodation in Ambleside

Ambleside has plenty of good quality places to stay, from B&Bs and guesthouses to self-catering cottages and apartments.

Ring Ambleside tourist information for guesthouse and B&B accommodation.

The Tourist Information centre offers a booking service by telephone or over the counter, for a small fee, for this you get their local knowledge and an exhaustive search of options, bargain!
Call them seven days a week, during office hours on 015394 32582.

Lake District Weather

Whether it will or whether it won’t check out the Lake District weather line and then make sure you come anyway as it can often be different 🙂


Distance from:

Manchester Airport – 90miles; Newcastle airport – 100 miles

Windermere Train station – 4 miles

Buses – Local buses stop at Kelsick Road Car Park, Opp Ambleside Library.

Car Parking

Motorist’s have an hour’s FREE on-street parking in central Ambleside (please check signs before parking) between 10am and 6pm. Outside these times is not restricted. To park you must display a valid clock parking disc indicating your time of arrival. Parking discs are free of charge from most shops, guesthouses and library etc

We recommend using car parks as 1 hour is simply not long enough to discover this interesting village.
Pay and Display: There are numerous Pay and Display car parks in Ambleside and these make a good option as one hour is definitely not long enough to visit this beautiful village.
Disabled parking is free on-street all day and in public car parks, except King St CP which is restricted to 3 hrs.

Cash Dispensers

Natwest (next to White Lion Hotel), Barclays (Top of Village, near Doi Intanon,)
Link Cash machines are locates inside the  Coop and Spar shops (Compston Rd).

Churches in Ambleside

St Mary’s Parish Church, Vicarage Road; Methodist Church, Millans Park; Mater Amabilis RC Church, Wansfell Road; Baptist Church, Compston Road

Internet Access

Internet access is available at: The Library (see below); Ambleside YHA (Youth Hostel) at Waterhead, Ambleside (open daily from 7.30am till 11.00 pm).  Esquires coffee Shop, Compston Road, has free WIFI as does Styles Cafe and Zeffirelli’s.

Ambleside Library

Kelsick Road, Ambleside (015394 32507) Opening Hours: Monday 10am-5pm, Tuesday 10am-7pm, Wednesday 10am-5pm, Thursday closed all day, Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 10am-1pm

Health and Emergencies

Doctors Ambleside Clinic, Rothay Road

Mountain Rescue – Dial 999, ask for Police.
Police Station – Rydal Road – 01539 722611

Chemists – Boots chemist, Compston Road; Bells Chemist, Lake Rd

Recycling Centres

Rothay Holme Civic Amenity Site: Open Daily 8.00am-4.00pm (all waste matter, with recycling bins for glass, motor oil, paper, plastic, green garden waste, etc) Hayes Garden World Lake Road: Can disposal only Waterhead YHA car park: only glass (bottles and jars), paper, cans, textiles.

Public Toilets

There are 4 public toilets in Ambleside: Cheapside, Top of the Village behind Barclays Bank; Rydal Road Car Park; Low Fold Car Park on Lake Road and Entrance to Rothay Park on Vicarage Road.
There are also toilets at Waterhead Car Park, Ambleside.

Tourist Info & Post Office (Inc Bureau de Change) – Market Cross, Tel: 015394 32582

Things to to In Ambleside

Indoor Climbing Wall: Ambleside Climbing Wall is on Lake Road next to the car park.

River Walks & Fell Walks

Learn to navigate

Go wild swimming

More Things to do in the Lake District

Events in and around Ambleside


Ambleside Sports (Usualy last Thursday in July @ Rydal Park, Rydal Road, Ambleside.

Lake District Summer Music Festival & Summer School – First two weeks in August.
Rydal Sheepdog Trials, Rydal Park, Rydal Road, Ambleside
Last sunday in Aug, Grasmere Lakeland Sports Show. Grasmere.


Festival of the Fells


10th ish Ambleside MaraFun, Rothay Park Ambleside Last 2 weeks, Ambleside Arts Society Annual Exhibition.
3rd Saturday in November Ambleside Christmas Lights: Village lantern parade at dusk. Father Christmas, festive lights and fireworks.

Best time to visit Ambleside, The Lake District.

Anytime of year is a great time to visit Ambleside and the Lake District, from spring flowers to lazy summer days, autumn colours or snow dusted fells.

The Lake District National park is an area of England rich in diversity it’s not all Lakes you know. There’s so much to discover whether you’d like to follow the well beaten tracks to classic mountain summits, stray into hidden valleys, potter around the parks, marvel at the waterfalls, visit an historic house or picnic by a stream. There’s something for everyone in ‘the Lakes’ . For those seeking adrenaline adventure the Lakes is the outdoor adventure capital of England and nicely backed up by lots of cafes, home-cooked food and lashings of local ales.

Enjoy Ambleside in the heart of the English Lake District, perched at the northern tip of Lake Windermere.

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