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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.

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Croft Cottage

Travelling south of Bowness on Windermere you reach the highly desirable residential area of Storrs Park which includes some of the Lake District's most prestigious properties and so Croft Cottage finds itself in very good company! It is lo

The New Lodge @ Applethwaite

The New Lodge @ Applethwaite

A beautiful property on the edge of Windermere in the prestigious Applethwaite Hall development a real jewel in the crown.

Lazy Bay Cottage

Lazy Bay Cottage

Capturing the very essence of the Lake District this conveniently located contemporary cottage has been beautifully refurbished to provide a truly sophisticated Lakeland retreat.

Fair Rigg

Fair Rigg

Fair Rigg is an outstanding detached Gold Star Lakeland residence with breathtaking views over Lake Windermere.

Tower Bank Arms

Tower Bank Arms

Tower Bank Arms is a small country inn featured in the tale of Jemima Puddleduck by Beatrix Potter and next door to Hill Top her former home. A traditional country pub with log fire and flag floors.

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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Fairview Flat 3

This modern first floor apartment, one of only four, offers an excellent base from which to explore the Lake District whilst enjoying the fine amenities that Bowness has to offer throughout the year

The Punch Bowl Inn

The Punch Bowl Inn

The Punch Bowl is a luxury Lake District hotel with 9 beautiful bedrooms and an award winning restaurant.

Lindeth Howe

Lindeth Howe

Idyllic secluded retreat with superb views over Lake Windermere & fells, once owned by Beatrix Potter. Boasts beautiful bedrooms, cosy lounges, a 2 AA Rosette restaurant with holistic treatments.

Brook House

Brook House

Welcome to Brook House - A Lakeland stone Victorian guest house built in 1892. Offering Bed & freshly cooked breakfast from our varied menu.

Stable Cottage

Stable Cottage

Set in over thirty acres of garden, woodland and natural beauty in he Lake District UNESCO World Heritage Site, Rydal Hall is the ideal venue for retreats, events, activity weekends or just a family holiday.

The Old Sawpit

The Old Sawpit

Enjoy a cosy holiday in The Old Sawpit. This Elterwater property has lots of character, and sleeps up to 4 people.

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Ecclerigg Old Farm

Built in the late 18th century, Ecclerigg Old Farm offers comfortable holiday accommodation in any season.

Spoon Hall Caravans

Spoon Hall Caravans

Spoon Hall Caravans is a quiet family run farm site with beautiful views over Coniston water. Nearly 1 mile from Coniston village in a good area for walking and touring the Lakes.

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.

Coniston Park Coppice Site

Coniston Park Coppice site - Caravan

Our range of glamping pods, camping pods and Airstream caravans can be found in the heart of the Lake District at our Coniston Park Coppice site.

Rose Cottage

Rose Cottage

Centrally located and overlooking Elterwater village bowling green, Rose Cottage is a delightful place for a holiday. Full of character, it sleeps 4 people. Relax and enjoy.

Thorneyfield Guest House

Thorneyfield Guest House

We sit in the centre of Ambleside. Our family owned and run B&B provides a comfy base in this beautiful World Heritage site. We received a silver award from Green Tourism in 2018 for sustainability, promoting Fairtrade and local products.

3 Tarn Cottages, Grasmere

3 Tarn Cottages

This delightful traditional 2-bedroom Lakeland cottage is idyllically situated in a quiet, elevated and secluded rural position above Grasmere next to Little White Moss Tarn a short walk from Dove Cottage.

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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.

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

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