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Below is a list of Ambleside Attractions with Photos, Websites, Phone Numbers, Information and links to Maps and Reviews.

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The Attractions are listed by closest to Ambleside.

Ableside Boat Tours

Ableside Boat Tours on Lake Windermere. There are a number of boat tours from the Waterhead Pier at Ambleside, on large three deck boats with a bar, and a number of smaller boats. There is also a good selection of motor boats and rowing boats for hire. The boat tours go to the islands, Bowness on Windermere about 5 miles south, and Lakeside about 12 miles south. There is a large pay and display car park by the pier. Map. Phone number 01539 443 360.
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White Platts Ambleside

White Platts recreation ground is in the centre of Ambleside on Compston Road, next to St Mary's Church. The park is extremely popular for bowls, tennis, putting and a mini golf course. Phone number 01539 431 332.
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St Mary's Church Ambleside

St Mary's Church Ambleside is on Vicarage Road, next to White Platts recreation ground. It was built between 1850 and 1854, in the Early Gothic style to designs of the architect Sir George Gilbert Scott. Visitors welcome. Phone number 01539 433 205.
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Ambleside Cinemas

Ambleside Cinema. There are three cinemas in Ambleside run by the restaurants Fellinis and Zeffirellis. The cinemas at the restaurants offer dining and movie deals. There is also the main cinema next to St Mary's Church that shows the latest Hollywood releases in digital and 3D, as seen right. Phone 01539 432 487.
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Armitt Museum Ambleside

Armitt Museum on the north side of Ambleside on Rydal Road. This is one of Britains smallest museums serving as a museum, art gallery and library. The museum covers the cultural heritage of the Lake District. Phone number 01539 431 212.
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The Old Courthouse Gallery

The Old Courthouse Gallery is in the centre of Amblesdie on Market Place. A spacious gallery displaying on three floors, the best in contemporary British art & craft Phone number 01539 432 022.
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Climbing Wall in Ambleside

Ambleside Climbing Wall close to the centre of Ambleside on Lake Road. Beginners of all ages can receive expert tuition and supervision from highly qualified and experienced instructors on the 35ft wall and Bouldering Room. Tel: 01539 433 794.
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Ambleside Roman Fort on the south side of Ambleside by Borrans Park, by the Waterhead Pier. The remains of a 2nd-century fort thought to have been built by Hadrian to guard the Roman road from Brougham to Ravenglas. Managed by the National Trust. Tel: 0370 333 1181.
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Outside of Ambleside

Stagshaw Gardens

Stagshaw Gardens under 1 mile south of Ambleside. This 8 acre garden has a vast collection of rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas, as well as many other rare trees and plants. Tel: 01539 446 027.
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River Rothay Stepping Stones

River Rothay Stepping Stones about 1 mile north of Ambleside. There is a circular flat walk from Ambleside that can also take in the 735ft Todd Crag hill for great views over Ambleside and Lake Windermere. The stepping stones are one of the most photographed attractions in Cumbria.
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Low Wood Bay Watersports Centre

Low Wood Bay Watersports Centre about 1 mile south of Ambleside. Instruction & Hire include dinghy and keelboat sailing, canoeing, kayaking, waterskiing, wakeboarding and powerboating, and have available for hire motor boats and rowing boats, sailing dinghies and keelboats, sit-on-top kayaks and open canoes. Tel: 01539 439 441.
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Brockhole Visitor Centre

Brockhole Visitor Centre about 2 miles south of Ambleside. Enjoy the scenic gardens, treat yourself in the cafe, take a Treetop Trek, bounce around on the Treetop Nets, and lots of great attractions. Phone number 01539 446 601.
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Rydal Hall

Rydal Hall is about 2 miles north of Ambleside in the very small village of Rydal. The hall is now operated as a Retreat and Holiday Centre. You can visit the gardens free of charge, doantions can be made. There is also the Old Schoolroom Teashop that is popular with visitors. Phone number 01539 432 050.
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Rydal Mount

Rydal Mount is about 2 miles north of Ambleside in the very small village of Rydal. This was William Wordsworth's family home from 1813 to his death in 1850. Attractions are the House, Gardens, and Tearoom. Rydal Church is also worth visiting to see the pews where the Wordsworth family worshiped. Phone 01539 433 002.
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Dove Cottage in Grasmere

Dove Cottage is about 4 miles north of Ambleside, across the main road from Grasmere village centre. This was the home of William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy from 1799 to 1808. This period is said to be when Wordsworth wrote some of his finest works. The cottage is now run as a museum, and there is a larger building close by that holds more Wordsworth exhibitions. Phone number 01539 435 544.
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St Oswald's Church Grasmere

St Oswald's Church is about 4 miles north of Ambleside, in the centre of Grasmere village. The earliest parts of the church are believed to be from the 1200s. The poet William Wordsworth and his wife were buried in the churchyard in the 1850s. Their graves are at the rear of the church. The nave holds a memorial for William Wordsworth. Tel: 01539 435 326.
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Alan Bank

Alan Bank is about 4 miles north of Ambleside, on the north side of Grasmere village. This is a restored Georgian mansion that William Wordsworth lived in from 1808 to 1810. The National Trust now run the house with it being first opened to the public in 2012. There is also an interesting woodland walk at the house. Phone number 01539 435 143.
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Holehird Gardens

Holehird Gardens about 4 miles southeast of Ambleside. The gardens are open each day throughout the year from dawn til dusk. The reception desk is open from April - October, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Tel: 01539 446 008.
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Wray Castle

Wray Castle 4 miles southwest of Ambleside on the banks of Lake Windermere. Wray Castle was built in 1840 for a retired surgeon, James Dawson from Liverpool. The National Trust took over the property in 1929, but have only recently opened it to the public on a regular basis. You can catch a Boat that runs from Ambleside and Bowness to the castle with an option for a walk as well. Phone number 01539 433 250.
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Kankku OffRoad Driving

Kankku OffRoad Driving 4x4s based about 4 miles south of Ambleside in the centre of Windermere on Victoria Street. Tracks in the Lake District National Park for complete beginners and experienced 4x4 drivers. Phone number 01539 447 414.
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Langdale Valley

Langdale Valley about 7 miles west of Ambleside. The area is one of the most remote and scenic in the Lake District. There are a number of flat walks, and hikes over some of the toughest looking mountains in England, including Harrison Stickle. Rock Climbing, Ghyll Scrambling, and Para Gliding are also popular. The area has a number of popular country hotels and Inns for drinks and meals. Beware wehn driving, as it is hard to follow the road with all the great scenery around.
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Hill Top House Beatrix Potter

Hill Top House 7 miles southwest of Ambleside at the small village of Near Sawrey. Hill Top House was Beatrix Potter's 17th-century farmhouse that she bough in 1905 with the procedes of her first book, the Tale of Peter Rabbit. The house has been maintained as it was when Beatrix Potter lived there. Tel: 01539 436 269.
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Esthwaite Water Fishery

Esthwaite Water Trout Fishery 7 miles southwest of Ambleside. A first class, well managed Trout fishery in a natural 280 acre water with excellent facilities for boat or bank fishing. Tel: 01539 436 541.
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Grizedale Forest

Grizedale Forest 8 miles southwest of Ambleside. The park offers GoApe Zip Lines, Walking Trails, Cycling Trails, Outdoor Sculptures, Cafe, Shop and more. Phone number 0300 067 4495.
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