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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.

The Wild Boar Hotel luxury bedroom

The Wild Boar Inn, Grill & Smokehouse

Relax in the comfort of this famous traditional coaching inn, with a reputation for the warmest of welcomes, fine food served in a superb restaurant complemented by a wine cellar, and beautifully comfortable rooms and suites.

The Hideaway at Windermere

The Hideaway at Windermere

Located down a quiet country lane close to Windermere village. Personally owned by Richard & Lisa Gornall.

Beck Allans Guest House

Beck Allans Guest House

A warm, comfortable, centrally situated 4-star guest house. All rooms have en suite bath and shower. Guest House lies in own grounds in the centre of Grasmere village. Close to shops, bars and restaurants.

Ralston Dining Room

Woodside Cottage, Mill Rigg & Ralston

Woodside Cottage, Mill Rigg & Ralston are 3 luxurious properties in Ambleside. A home away from home in the heart of the English Lake District.

Howbeck Guest House

The Howbeck Guest House

For accommodation, The Howbeck truly is a once discovered, never forgotten place to stay. A delightful Lake District retreat where the warmth and friendliness of staff is always apparent.

MacDonald Old England Hotel & Spa

Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa

The Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa stands right on the shore of Windermere and boasts unrivalled views of England's largest lake.

Woodloft Sitting Room

The Woodloft

The Woodloft is a delightful little holiday retreat for two people. With a welcoming feel it is a cosy place to return to after exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside of Elterwater.

2 Cambridge Villas

2 Cambridge Villas

Recently refurbished, 5 rooms with new en suites. Flexible with regard to arrival times, cycle store and drying facilities available.

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Croft Cottage

A beautiful 18th Century cottage packed with character and charm, just a short stroll from neighbouring Ambleside.

The Homestead Lodge

The Homestead Lodge

Enjoy the luxury of staying in your own private lodge with all the benefits of bed & breakfast accommodation. Picturesque lake and mountain views.

Fair Rigg

Fair Rigg

Fair Rigg is a fine Victorian Guest House enjoys a rural setting on the edge of Bowness, with magnificent views up the lake to the fells beyond, It retains many period features and is very well furnished and decorated and has 5* reviews.

High Dale Park Barn

High Dale Park Barn

The property is situated in an extremely peaceful location, well within the Lake District National Park, at the head of the tiny, unspoilt valley of Dale Park. Dale Park is one of Lakeland's best kept secrets. It abounds in wild life.

Abbey Coach House

Abbey Coach House

Delightful recently refurbished cottages in a quiet location, yet a stroll from Windermere & Bowness. Abbey Coach House Cottages are set within extensive gardens & ideally based for exploring the Lakes. Pets welcome & bike storage available

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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.

Langdale Hotel & Spa

Langdale Hotel and Spa

The Langdale Hotel & Spa in the heart of the Lake District, is the perfect place for getting away from it all.

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Pine Fold

This stunning detached Lakeland cottage nestles in a delightful country location on the edge of Town Head, Troutbeck and with fine views across the valley to Garburn.

Lyndale Guest House

Lyndale Guest House

Lyndale Guesthouse is nestled midway between lake Windermere and Ambleside village with superb views of Loughrigg fell and the Langdales beyond. Lake Windermere is 5 minutes stroll away.

The Coppermines & Lakes Cottages

The Coppermines & Lakes Cottages

Many of our cottages are over 100 years old; and most have been sympathetically restored and refurbished to a high standard. Many have outstanding views, log fires, exposed beams, antique furniture, quality and great character

High Swinklebank Farm

High Swinklebank Farm

High Swinklebank is a hill sheepfarm with local Kendal rough fell sheep. It is in one of the beautiful unspoilt valleys of the Lake District. Ideal for walking, relaxing and getting away from it all.

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Duckling Cottage, Pullwood Bay

Duckling Cottage is one of a small cluster of cottages, located at the entrance to the fifty acre prestigious Pullwood Bay Estate just 2 miles from Ambleside.

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

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