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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

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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.

Helm Farm

Helm Farm

There are four self-catering holiday apartments at Helm Farm, near Windermere. Helm Farm is close to Bowness-on-Windermere, but is very quiet and right on the edge of pleasant wooded countryside.

Family Camping Pod

Park Cliffe Camping & Caravan Estate

Cumbria Tourism 2016 Holiday Park of the Year award winner, Park Cliffe is set in 25 acres of picture-postcard countryside above the eastern shores of Windermere. Yet family-owned, Park Cliffe is only a short drive from the M6.

Amboseli Lodge outside area

Amboseli Lodge

Friendly, personal service and quality en suite accommodation with superb views. Excellent varied breakfasts. Ideal location for walking or touring. Close to town and lake. We regret we are unable to accommodate either children or pets.

The Wheatsheaf Inn

The Wheatsheaf Inn

In the heart of the picturesque village of Brigsteer, The Wheatsheaf Inn offers superb food, great real ales and a fantastic range of wines.

Inside one of our guest bedrooms

The Queens Head

The Queens Head features a cosy drinking area with newly-refurbished dining areas and 10 comfortable en-suite guest bedrooms providing the perfect base for guests to Cumbria and, of course, their four-legged companions.

The Belsfield

Laura Ashley The Belsfield Hotel

Originally built in early Victorian times, dating back to 1815. Situated in 6-acres of gardens overlooking Lake Windermere. Check in from 15.00 and check out 11.00. Rooms with lake views available at request.

1881 Restaurant

Windermere Hydro Hotel

Overlooking Lake Windermere, The Hydro Hotel is perfectly situated for both leisure and business guests now offering 78, en suite bedrooms, all with differing design and style. We also have a lovely indoor pool as well.

Greaves Farm Caravan Park - Savoy

Greaves Farm Caravan Park

A small quiet park, family owned and supervised in a rural setting. The small static park is situated in an old farm orchard and has 2 luxury VisitEngland accredited caravans for hire. Ideal base for south of Lake District National Park.

Ash Gill Cottage

Ash Gill Cottage

One house, totally refurbished Spring '13, deceptively spacious, sleeps 6 is equipped to a high standard with ample parking, gardens & patios, excellent base for walking, cycling, touring, watersports & pony trekking. Pubs within 150yds.

Crosslands Farm

Crosslands Farm

Crosslands is a 17thC farmhouse in the unspoilt valley of Rusland nestled between the lakes of Windermere and Coniston. It is a perfect base for walking & cycling within easy reach of Hawkshead, Grizedale Forest and all the lakeland hills.

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Fern Cottage

Fern Cottage is ideally located just a 2-minute walk from Ambleside village. This beautiful spacious property offers a comfortable holiday or Lake District break.

Living Space

Dale End Barn

A beautiful barn conversion with a designated patio overlooking Grasmere Lake. Spacious and comfortable accommodation for 4 people to enjoy their holiday in the Lake District.

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.

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 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.

Hart Barn Bedroom

Hart Barn

Stylish, spacious, contemporary stone barn conversion for two with many designer touches including an incredible spiral stair case, bespoke furnishings and living room with woodburner and fabulous views. The perfect romantic retreat.

Black Beck Caravan Park

Black Beck Holiday Park

Black Beck Holiday Park is a 5 * Holiday Park in the heart of the Southern Lakes with excellent facilities and stunning views. The park boasts of static holiday homes, serviced touring pitches, holiday homes and lodges.

Burn How Garden House Hotel

Burn How Garden House Hotel

The unique Burn How Hotel has individually designed rooms set in the privacy of our gardens. An oasis in the middle of bustling Bowness but only a 2-minute stroll to the village or lake Windermere.

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Hacket Forge

This idyllic Lakeland cottage revels in its surroundings on the banks of the River Brathay, and is just a short walk from the picturesque Little Langdale.

Superior lake view king

Oakbank House

Located in the heart of Bowness and overlooking Lake Windermere each room is individually designed and decorated to the highest standard. 11 rooms are en suite and most have stunning views of the lake and mountains.

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Blackwell Arts and Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere

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