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Lakes Culture World Heritage Signature Experiences - Ambleside, Windermere & Kendal (Bridge House picture: 'The Bridge House, Ambleside' by Kurt Schwitters 1945. Courtesy of the Armitt Trust)
Lakes Culture World Heritage Signature Experiences - Ambleside, Windermere & Kendal (Bridge House picture: 'The Bridge House, Ambleside' by Kurt Schwitters 1945. Courtesy of the Armitt Trust)

World Heritage Signature Experiences
Ambleside, Windermere & Kendal

Since 1847, with the arrival of the railway, this south Lakes area has been a popular visitor destination; not least because it is home to England’s longest and largest natural lake – Windermere. You can arrive by train at Oxenholme Station near Kendal in less than three hours from London and 1.5 hours from Manchester making it a perfect place to feel like you’re really getting away from the busy built up cities.

With our partners Lakes Culture, we have selected some authentic and creative ways for you to experience some of the hidden treasures these popular Cumbrian places hold. You could also mix in a few Signature Experiences from our other selections!

Lake Ranger Boat Adventure

Lakes Culture World Heritage Signature Experiences - Ambleside, Windermere & Kendal

All aboard on the Lake Ranger’s patrol boat to experience the Lake District National Park like never before!

You will be guided by an on-duty Ranger to experience the National Park by water for a trip that combines incredible views and a real life adventure. You will learn about the vital tasks they carry out on lake and the fascinating ecology and history of Windermere – you might even find yourself on a rescue mission!

Be prepared to step into the Ranger boots to learn to drive the boat yourself and cruise around the beautiful lake. On board (or somewhere special) you will enjoy a tasty locally sourced picnic, while listening to stories about how the lake was formed – all while experiencing the thrill of a being aboard an active enforcement vessel.

Experience the Lake District in a unique way aboard the Lake Rangers Patrol Boat. Explore the lake and learn all about it from our expert crew. Find out what it’s like to be a Ranger in the English Lake District World Heritage Site.

All aboard Lake Ranger Boat Adventure from £150
Each session will start at Brockhole:

Morning - 10am start
Afternoon – 2pm start
Evening - 6pm start

More info and book tickets

Master Your Camera

Landscape Photography Weekend

On this two day workshop you will learn the key techniques to improve your landscape photography. We will look at composition, use of filters, long exposure techniques together with how to use a few simple steps in photo editing software to create stunning landscape images.
Landscape Photography Weekend
This workshop is for those with some experience and participants should have a good working knowledge of their camera.

This will be a mixture of tutor led demonstrations, hands on use of camera controls and software demonstrations.

On Day 2 we will spend the whole day in the field practicing the techniques that you have learnt on Day 1.

By the end of the session you will understand how composition, the use of light and exposure can enhance your landscape photography.

This event takes place at the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal on Sat 14th & Sun 15th of July, 10.30am – 4.30pm each day

More info and book tickets here

A Masterpiece

Blackwell - The Arts & Crafts House

An artistic masterpiece that can’t be seen in a gallery

Blackwell is a masterpiece of the Arts & Crafts Movement lovingly and beautifully created by renowned architect MH Ballie Scott and located in an equally stunning setting overlooking England’s longest lake and the Lake District mountains beyond.

The place is one of beauty with many contemporary arts and crafts on show and for sale – linking our cultural heritage with today’s creative spirit. Families are welcome especially during the school holidays when there are lively activities in place to help children get involved in the history of house, including a Children's Trail activity sheet to help them explore. The freshly baked cakes in the Tea Room are a must!

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Explosive History

Uncover our explosive history in Langdale and see what remains today

The industries that used to take place in the Lake District have had a profound impact on the way the landscape looks today.

Download this self-guided walk around the Langdale Estate and learn about the gunpowder history of the area and what the buildings you see today were used for.

See authentic blast walls, machinery and photographs to help you to imagine the dangerous and sometimes fatal life of Lakeland workers in the 19th century.

Download route map

Self-Guided walk around Langdale, with Lakes Culture

Change how you see things

Windermere Lake Cruises

Instead of looking at the lake from the land, turn things around and take in the remarkable World Heritage landscape from the lake.

Many different tours are available linking the key locations around Lake Windermere and extra location stops are available during the summer season, making it a relaxing way to take in attractions such as the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway, Brockhole Visitor Centre and the Lakes Aquarium where you can learn about local wildlife and conservation projects.

Enjoy the World Heritage scenery whilst also helping to protect it by cruising England’s largest lake and reducing your carbon footprint.

High Dam, Newby Bridge

Delve deep

The Bridge House, Ambleside by Kurt Schwitters 1945. Courtesy of the Armitt Trust

Discover rare historical art and archives at The Armitt

The Armitt Museum, Gallery and Library, in the bustling town of Ambleside is a treasure trove of antique books, photographs, art and artefacts that preserve and let us share in the cultural heritage of the Lake District.

The permanent exhibition is a must for all Beatrix Potter fans; the museum holds a fantastic collection of her life and works that she bequeathed to museum from her scientific drawings to her personal first edition of her ‘little books’ she’s known for the world over. The Armitt also has the largest collection of works on permanent display in Britain of the internationally important artist Kurt Schwitters.

To get more than a glimpse of our authentic cultural history, make sure you stop by.

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Be an early Lake District tourist

Experience the
Grand Victorian Circular Tour

Accompanied by an entertaining and knowledgeable National Trust tour guide you can relive the Lake District as the early tourists did in the Victorian and Edwardian era. The full day experience includes being transported by steam train and luxury steam yacht, a delicious picnic and taking in key viewing points. We’ve added a little help from modernity to make the connections easier and more comfortable, and feel free to use your camera or phone to capture the views instead of needing to draw them in your sketchbooks.

This event takes place on 15 June and 7 Sept. Book on to one of the dates or small groups are welcome to get in touch to arrange a date.

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Grand Victorian Circular Tour

Find places to stay

We have a collection of great places to stay around the Ambleside, Windermere and Kendal area.
Please click any of the links below to view details and book your stay.

Virginia Cottage

Virginia Cottage Guest House

Virginia Cottage is a traditional Lakeland guest house in a convenient location 200 meters from Lake Windermere, and ideally positioned for guests to tour the lakes and mountains of Cumbria.

Briery Wood Country House Hotel

Briery Wood Country House Hotel

Moments from the eastern shores of Lake Windermere and set in seven acres of beautiful secluded gardens and woodland lies Briery Wood. The informal and friendly service is so good you’ll hardly notice it.

Mulberry

Mulberry, Swallows Nest & Yewtrees

Set in over 80 acres of grounds with lovely walks straight from the door onto Tarn Hows, one of the Lake District's featured beauty spots.

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Knotts Farmhouse

There can be few properties in the whole of the Lake District which offer such stunning views as Knotts Farmhouse. It sits in an elevated hillside position overlooking the lower Troutbeck Valley taking in all its surroundings.

Holme Lea Guest House

Holme Lea Guest House

Newly refurbished, Victorian stone built property. Situated off the main through road, yet still centrally located close to all shops, restaurants and local attractions. Pleasant, airy rooms.

The Lodge, Matson Ground

The Lodge

A fabulous new holiday cottage, set in lovely surroundings and very close to Bowness-On-Windermere.

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Mill Top

This spacious apartment has been completely renovated and refurbished to a high standard. It has some of the best views of all the properties at The Falls directly overlooking the tumbling waters of Stockghyll Falls on two sides.

Holly Tree Cottage

Holly Tree Cottage

Sat on the edge of Chapel Stile, this beautifully situated cottage is furnished tastefully throughout, and enjoys spectacular views towards Lingmoor and The Langdale Pikes.

Broadoaks Country House

Broadoaks Country House

Broadoaks is set in the beautiful and tranquil Troutbeck valley yet is central for the centres of activity at Windermere, Bowness and Ambleside. It boasts beautiful views, a croquet and boules lawn and a luxurious Victorian ambience.

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Bield How

Bield How offers guests a delightful holiday base for any season. It sits in an elevated position, with a sunny aspect, above Lake Road, equally positioned between Lake Windermere and the centre of Ambleside.

Ellerdene Guest House

Ellerdene Guest House

Located in Windermere village, in the heart of the Lake District.

Oaks Country Estate & Woodland Cottages

Woodland Cottages

The Oaks Country Estate and Woodland Cottages is a rural estate within close proximity of Bowness on Windermere. The estate includes 8 luxury cottages of various sizes and a large country house all properties are with hot tubs.

Lands End Cottage

Lands End Cottage

Luxury Cottage set in the heart of the Lake District, between Windermere and Coniston, Lands End Cottage is a beautiful, two-bedroomed cottage.

Deepdale Hall Farm

Deepdale Hall Farmhouse

A 17thC Lakeland farmhouse, on working hill farm, with stunning mountain views, oak beams, log fires and breakfast cooked on the Aga. An ideal base for walking and touring the Lakes or just relaxing in a beautiful setting.

Low Cleabarrow

Low Cleabarrow

Original lakeland farmhouse set in rural surroundings on the outskirts of Bowness refurbished to a high standard.

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Old Stones Cottage

Old Stones Cottage is set in a quiet side lane in Ambleside with all the village amenities right on your doorstep. It has now been thoughtfully brought up to date and offers a delightful place to stay in an ideal location.

The Byre living area

The Byre

A barn, formerly used for keeping cattle on the ground floor, with hay stored on the first floor known as a hay loft. The Byre has been converted to a very high standard with oak wood used throughout, retaining the original beams.

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Penny Red Cottage

Penny Red Cottage takes its name from the little red letter box set in the end wall of the property. This charming cottage offers an excellent holiday base in any season.

The Coniston Inn

The Coniston Inn

Located on the shores of Coniston Water with sensational lake and fell views, this classic Lakeland slate building has undergone an exciting restoration to create a sunning pub with rooms. Open all day, every day for food, drinks and rooms.

Lumley Fee Bunkhouse

Lumley Fee Bunkhouse

With breath-taking views across the Lythe Valley, the Lumley Free Bunkhouse offers cosy accommodation with stunning views. Perfect for families and groups.

World Heritage Cumbria
Blackwell Arts and Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere

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