The Lake District is a bustling and lively place, steeped in history which has attracted visitors from across the globe for centuries...

Ambleside Lake House is situated within the incredibly picturesque and popular Waterhead Bay, the area is filled with traditional Lakeland slate houses, restaurants, cafes, shops and plenty more. The views from the bay are stunning, stretching across the lake to the Langdale Pikes and beyond.

With such a fantastic location our guests can enjoy all the cultural events and activities The Lake District has to offer from their doorstep. We have collected a selection of our favourites to give you an idea of what awaits you on your Lakeland break...


Kendal Castle - Dating back to the 13th century.
Sizergh Castle - Set in stunning grounds displaying a collection of Elizabethan portraits and fine furniture.
Brockhole - The Lake District visitor centre.
The Lakeland Maize Maze - Fun for all the family a short distance away at Natland.
Lakeland Climbing Centre - Offering an extensive indoor climbing wall to suit all abilities.
Windermere Lakes Cruise - Enjoy a relaxing cruise on a steamer and take in the stunning sights along Lake Windermere.
The Lakes Aquarium - Fun for all the family exploring the lakes of the world.


Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry - Exploring the ways locals lived and entertained themselves for 300 years.
Lakeland Motor Museum - Explore over 100 years of motoring history with stories for all ages to enjoy.
Windermere Jetty- Set on the stunning shores of Lake Windermere.
Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum - Offering guests uniques insights into the life and works of William Wordsworth.

Theatre and Cinema

This selection of cinemas are all a short walk or drive from Ambleside Lake House and have a wide range of screens showing the latest releases.

Zeffirellis in Ambleside
Fellinis in Ambleside
Royalty Cinema in Bowness
Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal

Waterhead Bay, Ambleside and the surrounding area is filled with artists and performances of all kinds but a good place to start is our two local theatres, both with varied and extensive programmes all year round.

Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal
Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness

Parks and Gardens

Not only is The Lake District home to some of the world's most stunning natural beauty, but also hosts a range of beautifully maintained gardens and parks.

Brantwood - The home of John Ruskin
Rydal Mount - The historic home and gardens of William Wordsworth
Holehird Garden - 17 acres of beautiful hillside garden in Windermere


Other events taking place locally include:

Ambleside Sports
Ambleside Christmas Lights Switch On - November
Great North Swim - June
Fred Whitton - May
Triathlon X

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