While staying in Windermere, nearby Ambleside provides plenty more things to do during a day out away from your spa suite. Although, if all you want to do is relax in your private outdoor hot tub, then who are we to argue!
Things to do in Ambleside
It may well be tempting to stay out of the wind and rain, avoiding the recent after-effects of storm Ciara. However, with so many things to do in Ambleside, by the time you’re ready for your package break in the Lake District hopefully it’s all blown over!
With much history to uncover within the local area, the Armitt Museum is a good place to start. The independent museum focusses very much on the cultural heritage of the Lake District. As well as an in-depth collection of reading material, the museum also has a number of permanent and touring exhibitions.
Ambleside Roman Fort
Another piece of history can be discovered during a walk about in the countryside. It may no longer be much to look at, but the remains outline what life was like in Cumbria during the Roman era.
Meanwhile, we couldn’t mention things to do in Ambleside without a hike through the fields and over Loughrigg Fell. The views are just incredible, even though the fell itself certainly isn’t one of the highest in the region. If you are planning the walk from the town centre, give yourself a good 3 to 4 hours, which allows for time to stop and admire the scenery.
Rydal Mount and Gardens
One of the most popular things to do in Ambleside is to learn more about one of Cumbria’s most famous residents. Poet William Wordsworth once lived at Rydal Mount in Ambleside, whereby his former home has long since opened its doors to the public.
The Old Stamp House
Before you head back to your spa hotel in Windermere, then treat yourself and a loved one to a fantastic meal at the Old Stamp House. The fine-dining restaurant is a former “restaurant of the year” winner from the prestigious Cumbria Life awards. A well-deserved accolade by anyone’s standards. Although, lunch or dinner, it’s always best to book ahead to avoid disappointment.
If you are planning on spending time out in the open, it’s always good to have a back-up plan. Especially considering the likes of storm Ciara are currently giving the Lake District something to be concerned about. However, at Zeffirelli’s cinema, you can enjoy a film and forget about the wind and the rain. What’s more, next door is an established jazz café and pizzeria, giving you further indoor entertainment for your day out in Ambleside.
Book a Spa Hotel in the Lake District
Here at the Windermere Tranquil Retreat, we have a wide choice of spa suites in the Lake District available. Perfect for any occasion, whether that be a romantic holiday, a short package break or simply an overnight stay.
What’s more, with free onsite parking you can easily enjoy a last-minute day out to nearby Ambleside.