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Guide to Ambleside

Ambleside is an old town with a fascinating history and a number of unique buildings.

Ambleside Bridge HouseThe Old Bridge House started life as a summer house, and was then used as a counting house for a cloth mill before becoming a residence in the middle part of the 19th Century. Legend has it that the Rigg family raised no fewer than six children in this small yet delightful cottage. It was given to the National Trust in 1926 and is now open to the public as a information centre.

A little up the road from the Bridge House is the Armitt Museum which is devoted to telling the story of Ambleside and it's people. You can find out more about the Armitt here....


Just 2 miles away in Rydal is Rydal Mount, home of William Wordsworth for over 40 years. The home and gardens are open to the public and offer a fascinating insight into the life and times of the poet. Get more information about Rydal Mount and it's gardens, here ....



Ambleside offers a wide variety of shops, catering for both tourist and locals alike in a safe traffic free environment. The old bus station was converted to a modern shopping centre in 1995 yet it retains it's traditional lakeland charm.

Many of the major walking equipment retailers have their stores here, offering you one of the largest selections of walking gear in the country. Currently we have 12 outdoor equipment shops in the village.


Just 5 minutes walk from Tweenways, Hayes Garden World, one of the largest and well stocked garden centres in the North of England


Click here for a Map of Ambleside


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