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Things to do in Ambleside

Ambleside, five miles north west of Windermere village, at the head of Lake Windermere, is at the hub of the central and south lakes visitor experience. Popular with tourists and walkers alike the town centre bristles with activity. There are retail outlets offering outdoor equipment on just about every street corner whilst, for the less energetic visitors, café's and restaurants are in abundance too. Ambleside is so spoilt for choice, we have a range covering Chinese, Indian, Thai, Italian, French, Vegetarian, Pub food and all so GOOD!!

There is a wealth of culture within 25 minutes of The Cuckoos Nest. For up to date information visit:

Certain times of the year there are a variety of local theatre productions. Local events include the Lake District Sheep Dog Trials, the Rydal Sheep Dog Trials, Grasmere Sports, Ambleside Sports and Ambleside Flower Show.

Grasmere has Dove Cottage with Rydal Mount close by, both former homes of William Wordsworth. Sawrey is where Beatrix Potter's characters sprang to life. At Grizedale Forest you'll find a fascinating sculputure trail, while Brantwood (John Ruskin's home) offers you an insight into the life of this influential writer. It is this unique mix which ensures such a memorable and fulfilling holiday for mind and body.

Cuckoos Nest, Compston Road, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9DJ     Tel: +44 (0)15394 32330