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Discover Ambleside & Troutbeck

Ambleside and Troutbeck are two quirky and vibrant villages,  surrounded by magnificent mountains and situated at the head of Windermere and the foot of the iconic Kirkstone Pass. You can easily reach many of the famous fells from Ambleside including the Fairfield Horseshoe a 9-mile circuit and one of the most notable high-top ridges.

Once off the fells you can easy hire a rowing boat, hop on a historic steamer or if you prefer two wheels there are plenty of places to hire a bike for some on or off road adventures.

Back to the buzz of the village centre and you will be spoilt for choice for cafes, restaurants and independent shops and all within easy reach of each other. Stock up on local crafts and gifts before enjoying a cocktail or two in the Jazz bar for an evening of live music to keep you entertained.

After the hustle and bustle head along to the quieter, stunning Troutbeck valley, a true walker’s paradise with two traditional Lakeland Inns – the Queens Head and the Mortal Man,  perfectly placed to provide refreshments whilst taking in some of the most spectacular scenery the area has to offer.  You can also enjoy the National Trust’s Townend House, a true example of a Westmorland Farming Family.


Waterhead near Ambleside


Places to Eat and Drink

The Old Stamphouse
The award-winning Old Stamp House Restaurant in Ambleside is located in the former workplace of one of our most famous and treasured poets – William Wordsworth. The dedicated team aims to offer a unique and unprecedented experience of the food culture the county has to offer.

Lake Road Kitchen
The menus at Lake Road Kitchen showcase the very best meat, fish and shellfish from Northern Europe plus their own homegrown and foraged produce. The team of chefs are aware of working within the unpredictable Northern climate, so preservation is always present throughout their cooking.

Zeffirellis is an award-winning pizzeria and popular Lake District vegetarian dining experience. The restaurant boasts Mediterranean influences using the best ingredients, preferably organic, cooked with passion and presented with more than just a hint of flair.

Mr H’s – Tearoom
Quirky, vintage tearoom in the heart of Ambleside serving fabulous homemade cakes and scones, fresh sandwiches and tasty breakfast butties. Relax and enjoy a loose-leaf tea or delicious freshly ground coffee whilst overlooking beautiful Loughrigg.

Top 5 pubs

The Golden Rule, Ambleside
This Grade II listed traditional pub is ever popular with residents and visitors alike and is proud to be Ambleside’s hidden gem. The Rule is just the place to relax and have a drink and a chat.

The Unicorn, Ambleside
Situated in the centre of Ambleside, surrounding by the stunning fells of the Lake District, The Unicorn Inn is the quintessential traditional Lakeland public house which for over three hundred years has provided a platform from which locals and tourists can get a ‘real’ feeling of this beautiful area.

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Ambleside Tavern
Serving a wide range of award-winning cask ales where you can enjoy your favourite pint with a delicious meal, featuring lots of local produce. Located in the heart of the Lake District, it’s the perfect place after walking the fells.

The Mortal Man, Troutbeck
An established traditional Lake District Inn in the picturesque Troutbeck Valley since 1689, it resides over the wondrous panoramic views of Lakeland mountains that have captivated the great minds through the centuries.

The Queens Head, Troutbeck
Nestled on the side of the fells overlooking the Troutbeck Valley stands The Queens Head, a 17th-century coaching inn. features a cosy drinking area with newly-refurbished dining areas providing the perfect place to get together

Things to do

Hayes Garden World – for all things gardening, gifts, and a spectacular Christmas Shop!

Bridge House – a quirky National Trust treasure straddling the Stock Beck and possibly the smallest house in England.

Zeffirellis Cinema fantastic local cinema in 3 quirky locations in the village, and you can buy a pizza-and-cinema ticket!

Townend This quirky National Trust house tells the story of the traditional Westmorland farming family – the Brownes.

The Armitt Museum Home to many of Beatrix Potter’s botanical sketches, as well as telling the Lakeland Story.

Heart of the Lakes has over 300 perfectly placed Holiday Cottages in the Lake District National Park.  Ambleside is an ideal base from which to explore our UNESCO World Heritage site.

Heart of the Lakes will have somewhere perfect for you to stay at all seasons of the year.