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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.

Three Shires Inn

Three Shires Inn

This traditional slate Inn was built in 1872 near the meeting point of the old counties of Westmorland, Lancashire and Cumberland. The valley of Little Langdale is the most peaceful and unspoilt in the central Lake District.

Cobblestone Cottage and Wallers Barn

Cobblestone Cottage & Wallers Barn

Two barn conversions, set on a working farm, 4 miles north of Kendal. Great views and walks, children's grassed garden area. Built by owners who live next door.

The Wordsworth Hotel bedroom

The Wordsworth Hotel and Spa

10% Off (Sun - Thurs) at The Wordsworth, 4 nights for 3 at The Wordsworth

The Wordsworth Hotel is a charming four-star hotel with a tranquil spa and a AA-Rosette awarded restaurant.

Ellerdene Guest House

Ellerdene Guest House

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

The Oaks Country House

The Oaks Country House

The Oaks building was built in 1862 for Cammell Laird, the famous ship building company based in Birkenhead, as a Lakeland Country House.

Oak Cottage

Oak Cottage

Oak Cottage is full of character! Built in the 1850's this Lake District holiday cottage is split over four floors. Sleeping up to 6 people a holiday here will be memorable!

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Top Notch

The property sits in an elevated location overlooking the rooftops and down into the village with panoramic views to Loughrigg Fell and to the Fairfield Horseshoe - you can watch the world go by from the balcony whilst planning your next bu

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.

Whitewater Hotel & Leisure Club

Whitewater Hotel

The Whitewater Hotel is the ultimate Lake district retreat featuring the fantastic Cascades Leisure Club & Spa.

The Apartments Coniston

The Apartments Coniston

5 contemporary, spacious and warm apartments, fully self-catering with all mod-cons, ideal base for walking, cycling, and exploring the lakes, secure bicycle storage, parking on-site for 1 car per apartment.

Kings Arms

Kings Arms

The famous Kings Arms Inn is a friendly, family-run, village centre Inn. Good food, real ales and warm surroundings make this 500 year old inn an ideal stopover in the historic village of Hawkshead. Children and pets welcome.

Lingmoor Guest House

Lingmoor Guest House

2 people 2 nights B&B - £120 at Lingmoor

Lingmoor is a beautiful Victorian guesthouse in Windermere in the heart of the English lakes only 200 metres from Windermere railway/coach and bus station. Wi-Fi throughout. Choice of breakfast. Recently refurbished rooms.

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Keldas

Keldas is situated right in the heart of Ambleside. Newly prepared throughout with high quality fixtures and fittings this smart stone-built terraced cottage is perfect for a holiday in any season and will surely by popular.

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Bens

Bens is a deceptively spacious holiday home in the pretty village of Elterwater. An ideal base for exploring the surrounding countryside and many nearby attractions.

Rosthwaite Annex

Rosthwaite Annex

A perfectly located duplex style property in the centre of Windermere.

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.

Cleabarrow Cottage

Cleabarrow Cottage

A luxury property sleeping twelve in six en-suite bedrooms, with a fantastic veranda and hot tub looking out to views of the Lake District fells. This is a very special property.

Little Parrock

Little Parrock

Beautiful Victorian farmhouse in a stunning rural location but only a 15 minute stroll from Grasmere Village. Spacious luxurious accommodation for 10, beautifully furnished and with all mod cons. Children welcome, no smoking.

Waterhead Hotel bedroom

Waterhead Hotel

Waterhead is the Lake District's only 4-star town house hotel situated in Waterhead Bay, on lake Windermere. It cleverly combines traditional Lakeland elegance with the comfort and luxury of a contemporary town house hotel.

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High Fold

With parts of the cottage dating back over 400 years, High Fold offers an opportunity for you to enjoy a holiday in a real character cottage in the heart of one of Lakeland's most picturesque villages.

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

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