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The Ambleside Inn
The Ambleside Inn

2020: Enjoy an escape to the Lakes with a cosy stay at the new-look Ambleside Inn!

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The freshly refurbished and newly-named ‘Ambleside Inn’ offers guests the perfect blend of comfort, cosiness and convenience while immersed in a down-to-earth yet special atmosphere; A base from which you can explore, then eat heartily, drink merrily and sleep soundly upon your return.

Fancy sitting by an open, roaring fire? No problem. Need a table for a quiet meal with your partner or friends? Coming right up. Just come back from a fell walk with muddy boots and need a beer? You got it. Visiting Ambleside with your dog? Step right in.

Ambleside is popular with outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, all-year-round, which is exactly why a warm welcome at The Ambleside Inn is guaranteed. It’s a place for you, a place for your family, a place for your boots, and a place for your dog to chill out and chew on a treat.

So, you’ve got a few days to explore? Allow us to help…

Day 1

Day 1 - Rydal Mount & Gardens

Ambleside is described by many as a walkers’ paradise, so don’t forget to pick up a walker’s leaflet and take a hike up the nearby Loughrigg Fell or Wansfell – both of which are popular routes with visitors to Ambleside. Or, for something more challenging, why not try the Fairfield Horseshoe route? The 10 mile circular walk from Ambleside takes walkers across several high fells, offering spectacular views.

Back down to earth, why not pay a visit to Rydal Mount and Gardens? Best known as William Wordsworth's home for nearly 40 years, this is the house that inspired tweaks and revisions to his world-famous poem, 'Daffodils'.

Art and culture is never far away, with the Armitt Museum giving visitors the opportunity to delve deep into the history of life and arts of the Lakes. An exhibition of the life of Kurt Schwitters can be found there – and of course, there’s more to learn about Beatrix Potter. There’s also information on the nearby remain of a Roman site, which you can explore free of charge.

Day 2

Day 2 - Lake Cruise on Windermere

You’ve explored both the high and the low ground of the Ambleside area, so why not take to the water for your second day? Self-drive power boats and rowing boats are available to hire from Waterhead Pier, or if you’d rather not be in charge of the steering, take a Windermere Lake Cruises boat over to the peaceful western shore to visit the Victorian neo-gothic Wray Castle and scenic grounds, managed by The National Trust.

From Ambleside, take a cruise right down to the lake’s southern tip via Bowness, where Lakeside offers plenty to explore. The Lakes Aquarium includes an underwater tunnel where visitors will come face to face with ferocious pikes and diving ducks; or take a ride on the famous Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway. There’s also a shuttle bus service on hand to transport visitors to the world-famous Lakeland Motor Museum, where more than 150 motor vehicles and 30,000 artefacts are on display in all their glory.

Also easily accessible from Lakeside (between April and September) is a boat ride across the lake to the beautiful Fell Foot Park, cared-for by the National Trust. Don’t forget your picnic.

Day 3

Day 3 - Beatrix Potter Gallery

After enjoying another good night’s sleep and hearty breakfast at The Ambleside Inn, why not spend the day exploring Coniston via Hawkshead? Thanks to the reliable and regular ‘Coniston Rambler’, seven daily bus services operate from Monday to Saturday, with four on Sundays, giving visitors an easy way to explore.
Jump on the 505 bus to Hawkshead, where after disembarking you’re only a minute or so away from the village centre on foot, which is bursting at the seams with a host of vibrant cafés, pubs, restaurants and attractions like The Beatrix Potter Gallery and William Wordsworth’s old school.

Hop back on the 505 bus to Coniston and get off at the Tourist Information Centre, from which the village centre is only a short walk away. Coniston is the home of the Ruskin Museum, where you can learn all about Coniston’s colourful history – including the legendary exploits of Donald and Malcolm Campbell’s Bluebird speed record attempts.

Need more hiking? Look up and you’ll notice the majestic “Old Man of Coniston”. Plus, from the end of March, The Ambleside Inn owners, ‘The Inn Collection’, plan to open a new pub/restaurant with cosy rooms here too!

Day 4

Day 4 - Zeffirellis & Fellinis

Be sure to have another wander around Ambleside itself before you leave – and why not catch a movie? There’s Zeffirellis, an independent cinema offers viewings of films made by new and emerging talents, while Fellinis shows art-house and independent films, as well as live performances. Meanwhile, The Old Courthouse Gallery showcases the best arts and crafts in the Lakes - and Britain as a whole.

Be sure to pick up some treats, gifts and souvenirs for yourself, friends and family as well.

Hungry? No matter what time of day it is, The Ambleside Inn serves-up delicious homemade pub food all day, every day, as well as boasting a wide range of drinks. The Inn offers quality bed and breakfast accommodation in 30 newly refurbished bedrooms, with superior rooms boasting stunning views across the fells.

The Ambleside Inn has been part of the town’s history in various guises for more than 300 years. Following a major refurbishment project, the team can’t wait to welcome you – and your boots, soon.

Special winter break rates are available now - dinner, bed and breakfast for two from £89.90 until March 31.
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