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Visitor Attractions around Ambleside

World of Beatrix Potter

Discover Peter Rabbit in Mr McGregor's garden, meet Jemima Puddle-duck amongst the foxgloves and call on Mrs. Tiggy-winkle in her kitchen. In an undercover re-creation of the Lakeland landscape, the world famous stories of Beatrix Potter come to life.

World of Beatrix Potter website

Windermere Lake Cruises

A fleet of Steamers and launches sail daily throughout the year between Ambleside, Bowness and Lakeside with main season connections for the Steam Railway, Brockhole, Lakeside Aquarium and Fell Foot.

Windermere Lake Cruises website

Holker Hall and Gardens

A day at Holker combines a visit to the magnificent Hall which displays grand architecture and furnishings with a most relaxed lived-in feel; with a walk of discovery and inspiration in the spectacular national award winning gardens.

Get more infomation about Holker Hall here...

Blackwell - The Arts and Crafts House

Blackwell was designed by Arts and Crafts architect M H Baillie Scott as a holiday home for Sir Edward Holt, a brewer from Manchester who was twice Lord Mayor. Completed in 1900 this house is of international importance, standing at the crossroads of Victorian design and modern architecture of the 20th century.

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Dove Cottage

William Wordsworth's home from 1799-1808, his great creative period. Guided tours round the beautifully-preserved building bring this time of 'plain living and high thinking' back to life.

More information about Dove Cottage here ...

Levens Hall and Topiary Gardens

The Topiary Gardens at Levens are world-famous in their own right, and are a must for any visitor to the English Lake District .

Levens Hall website

Ullswater Steamers

A cruise on the lake is the best way to enjoy the varied and spectacular scenery of the district. In the summer season there are regular services daily between Glenridding, Howtown and Pooley Bridge.

Ullswater Steamers website

Hill Top and Beatrix Potter Gallery

Beatrix Potter wrote many of her famous children’s stories in this little 17th-century house and it has been kept exactly as she left it, complete with her furniture and china. There is a traditional cottage garden attached. A selection of her original illustrations may be seen at the Beatrix Potter Gallery.

Hill Top information here ...

Rydal Mount & Gardens

William Wordsworth's most beloved home 1813-1850. Furniture, portraits, personal possessions, first editions. Garden landscaped by the poet containing terraces, rare trees, shrubs, rock pools, lawns, 9th century mound, recently discovered Dora's Terrace. Magnificent views. Book/gift shop, coach park. A mile and a half from Ambleside. Reciprocal discount with Dove Cottage and Wordsworth House.

Rydal Mount website

Lakes Aquarium

Discover the UK's largest collection of freshwater fish, including the predatory pike. Over 30 fascinating displays feature the weird and wonderful aquatic life of The Lake District. Marvel at the diving ducks.

Lakes Aquarium website

Armitt Museum

Explore the history of Ambleside in this unique museum setting. Whilst enjoying our rich Lakeland heritage ...Listen to controversial John Ruskin. Watch a lantern slide show. Take an interactive 'birds-eye' view of the Lakeland landscape through the magic of photographer Herbert Bell. Learn about Oscar Gnospelius the early seaplane pioneer. Admire the treasury of Beatrix Potter's original natural history watercolours never before displayed or browse the signifcant collection of local artwork by the influential 20th century artist Kurt Schwitters.

Get more information about the Armitt Museum here .....


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