Top ten things to do in and around Ambleside according to TripAdvisor

We all know that the Lake District is one of the most stunning places, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and the locals travelling to visit different parts.

From hidden gems just waiting to be discovered to star attractions like its world famous lakes, there’s no shortage of amazing places to visit. But people often forget that the Lake District has more to offer than just fells and bodies of water to walk around.

With the summer months drawing in, and inevitably the summer holidays getting closer, we thought we’d pull together the top ten things to do in Ambleside that doesn’t just involve walking, according to TripAdvisor. Let’s face it the weather isn’t always great for walking so you might need an alternative – some of these are just outside of Ambleside but not too far away.

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Loughrigg Fell

This beautiful fell, one of the smallest peaks in the Lake District, measures 335 metres above sea level. It is to be found between Grasmere and Ambleside, at about three miles north west of Ambleside.

Two people stand on Loughrigg Fell looking towards the Fairfield Horseshoe in the Lake District
Two people stand on Loughrigg Fell looking towards the Fairfield Horseshoe in the Lake District
(Image: Getty)

With stunning views out over the surrounding fells, Loughrigg Fell can be accessed from Ambleside. A beautiful walk will take you from Ambleside over the top of it, along the beautiful Loughrigg Terrace and the path to Rydal Cave, returning along Under Loughrigg road.

Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s House

Beatrix Potter bought Hill Top, Hawkshead in 1905 with the royalties from her first few books, written at her parents home in London, but inspired by her annual holiday visits to the Lake District. She visited as often as she could, but never for more than a few days at a time, sketching the house, garden, countryside and animals for her new books.

Beatrix Potters house Hilltop, Sawrey, Cumbria, England.
Beatrix Potters house Hilltop, Sawrey, Cumbria, England.
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Hill Top House, garden and shop are open with tickets now on sale. Booking is essential to guarantee entry. All visitors must book tickets in advance, including members.

Go Ape, Grizedale

Go Ape at Whinlatter and Grizedale is an outdoor adventure area. Feel the anticipation build on the long winding approach to Go Ape Grizedale which nestles between the lakes Coniston Water and Windermere.

From swinging from tree to tree to going on segways you won’t be stuck for things to do. For more information click here

Grizedale Forest

Grizedale Forest is a 24.47 km² area of woodland in the Lake District of North West England, located to the east of Coniston Water and to the south of Hawkshead. With breath-taking views, stunning artwork and endless forest trails there is definitely enough to keep the family entertained here.

It’s only a 20 minute drive from Ambleside too, so not too far away.

Beatrix Potter Gallery

The Beatrix Potter Gallery is a gallery run by the National Trust and in a 17th-century stone-built house in Hawkshead, Cumbria, England. It is dedicated to presenting original book illustrations by Beatrix Potter.

A Beatrix Potter watercolour and ink on paper illustration, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck artwork, dated 1908,
A Beatrix Potter watercolour and ink on paper illustration, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck artwork, dated 1908,
(Image: ©National Trust Images/Robert Thrift)

If you’re a fan of Beatrix Potter or even Peter Rabbit you need to visit this gallery on Main Street, Hawkshead, Ambleside.

Hayes Garden World

I can’t say I’ve visited much in the summer months, but this is definitely somewhere to go at Christmas just to see all the decorations. If you’re looking for some shelter from the rain then this is somewhere to visit.

Reviews online all mention how great the Christmas display is each year
Reviews online all mention how great the Christmas display is each year

The cafe is also good too, from full meals to just cake and a coffee, you’ll find something you like. Also, if you’re a candle lover like me I’d recommend popping into her to see their range of melts!

Rydal Water

This walk with a pub is one that’ll get the blood pumping. It starts at White Moss car park just between Grasmere and Rydal Water and many people recommend doing it in an anti-clockwise direction, this way you get the views of Grasmere along Loughrigg Terrace on the way up.

Rydal Water is a great walk
Rydal Water is a great walk

When you get to the southern edge of Loughrigg Fell you can then take in the views of Windermere and Rydal Water. I’d also recommend popping up to the caves, they’re great for taking pictures.

Kirkstone Pass

If you’re a motorbiker and looking for somewhere to go, this is definitely one for you. Ambleside is a gentle route round Windermere that is until you tackle the Kirkstone Pass heading toward Patterdale.

Kirkstone Pass Inn, in Ambleside
Kirkstone Pass Inn, in Ambleside

This route starts off nice and easy with plenty of stops for coffee, photographs and sightseeing. The roads are well surfaced but can be busy especially at the weekend and during holiday periods.

Bridge House, Ambleside

Bridge House stands over Stock Beck in the middle of Ambleside as a quirky reminder of Ambleside’s past; it is a 17th-century survivor. The 17-century house was built to avoid land tax and was once a home to a family of eight and was last opened to visitors in 2019.

Bridge House is a popular attraction in Ambleside
Bridge House is a popular attraction in Ambleside
(Image: © Joe Daniel Price/Getty)

It has been said at the National Trust along with Armitt Museum are looking to reopen the tiny house.

Esthwaite Water Trout Fishery

Esthwaite Water is a beautiful 280-acre private water situated in the heart of the English Lake District with excellent facilities for boat or bank fishing. A natural lake, located in a glacial valley between Lake Windermere and Coniston Water with the village of Hawkshead at its northern tip and to the south is Grizedale Forest.

At 280 acres, year round access and a choice of boat or bank fishing, Esthwaite has something for everybody no mater what your level of experience.

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