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Ambleside

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.

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Lattendales Guest House bedroom

Lattendales Guest House

Guest House with 5 rooms, £37-£45 pppnb

2 Cambridge Villas

2 Cambridge Villas

Guest House with 5 rooms, £65-£105 prpnb

Ambleside Manor Vegetarian Guest House

Ambleside Manor Vegetarian Guest House

Guest House with 16 rooms, £45-£170 pppnb

Lyndale Guest House

Lyndale Guest House

Guest Accommodation with 6 rooms, £38-£46 pppnb, £66-£126 prpnb

Scandale Bridge Cottage

Scandale Bridge Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £525-£1330 pupw sleeps 1-7

The Old Vicarage

The Old Vicarage

Guest Accommodation with 15 rooms, £38-£95 pppnb

Brathay Lodge

Brathay Lodge

Guest Accommodation with 16 rooms, £71-£240 prpnb

Holme Lea Guest House

Holme Lea Guest House

Guest House with 5 rooms, £40-£45 pppnb

Crow How Country Guest House

Crow How Country Guest House

Guest Accommodation with 9 rooms, £76-£150 prpnb

The Fisherbeck

The Fisherbeck

Guest Accommodation with 18 rooms, £37-£160 prpnb

Wordsworths Guest House

Wordsworths Guest House

Guest Accommodation with 5 rooms, £45-£140 prpnb

Elder Grove lounge bar area

Elder Grove

Guest Accommodation with 10 rooms, £32-£65 pppnb

Ralston Dining Room

Woodside Cottage, Mill Rigg & Ralston

Self-catering with 3 units, £240-£1200 pupw sleeps 1-6

Brantholme Guest House

Brantholme Guest House

Bed & Breakfast with 7 rooms, £33-£85 pppnb

Ambleside Salutaion Hotel

Ambleside Salutation Hotel

Hotel with 49 rooms, £53-£92 pppnb

The Regent Hotel

The Regent Hotel

Hotel with 30 rooms, £85-£225 prpn

Amboseli Lodge outside area

Amboseli Lodge

Bed & Breakfast with 3 rooms, £38-£47 pppnb

Rothay Garth

Rothay Garth

Guest Accommodation with 15 rooms, £82-£520 prpnb

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Rysdale Guest House

Guest Accommodation with 9 rooms, £38-£60 pppnb

Riverside bedroom

Riverside

Guest House with 6 rooms, £112-£134 prpn

Stones Throw

Stones Throw

Self-catering with 1 unit, £355-£595 pupw sleeps 1-2

6 Church Street

6 Church Street

Self-catering with 1 unit, £199-£474 pupw sleeps 2-4

Waterhead Hotel bedroom

Waterhead Hotel

Townhouse Hotel with 41 rooms, £165-£245 prpnb

Low Wood Bay

Low Wood Bay

Hotel with 110 rooms, £145-£210 prpnb

Things to do

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Surrounding areas

Wray Castle
Wateredge

Culture and Heritage

Armit museum
Bridge House
Kirkstone pass
The Romans built a stone fort at Waterhead called Galava around AD 120 (now in Borrans Field) - one of a number built to secure trade and service routes through South Lakeland.

Galava was linked to the Roman port at Ravenglass (via Hardknott Pass), to Brocavum (Brougham) near Penrith along ‘High Street' (an elevated Roman road between Ullswater and Haweswater), and southwards to Watercrook, near Kendal.

After the Romans departed around AD 400, Norse settlers moved in, founding a settlement on high ground above the town centre. It is thought that Ambleside may have been named after a Norseman called Amal (i.e. Amal's saeter - or summer pasture).

Ambleside was granted a market charter in 1650, and Market Place became the commercial centre for agriculture and the wool trade.

The old packhorse trail (now a bridleway) between Ambleside and Grasmere was the main route between the two towns before the new turnpike road was completed in 1770 (now the A591). Smithy Brow at the end of the trail was where packponies were re-shod after their journey.

With the coming of the turnpikes, the packhorse trains were superseded by horse-drawn stagecoaches, which regularly travelled between Keswick and Kendal (via Grasmere, Ambleside and Windermere).

The Salutation Hotel, a former hostelry dating from 1656, developed into a coaching inn where horses could be stabled overnight. The Royal Oak and the White Lion were also coaching inns.
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