Ambleside is an easy bus trip from Windermere and you can also catch a boat from various destinations on Lake Windermere.
The Armitt Library and Museum - provides a fascinating source of local history
Stock Ghyll Force, a spectacular 70 foot waterfall
Bridge House – a 17th century structure over Stock Ghyll, now used as an information centre for the national Trust.
Homes of Football, 100 Lake Road. 015394 34440. Weekdays 10am – 2pm (guaranteed, will sometimes stay open later). Weekends 10.30am – 4.30pm. Exhibition of photographs by Stuart Clarke, taken at football matches or football-related events all around the world. A fascinating insight into football culture. Strongly recommended.
Feed the swans near the jetty.
Waterhead, Lake Road, ☎ 015394 32566, . checkin: 3:00pm; checkout: 11:00am. 4 stat town house boutique hotel.£56.50-£113 pppn. (54.420524,-2.961805)
Rockwood, in historic & beautiful nearby Grasmere, is an example of a fine traditionally built lakeland residence, which sleeps 10-12 and is only 10 mins quiet walk from the centre of the village.
Oak Apple Barn close by in Hawkshead, one of the most picturesque villages in England, is a beautifully converted 17th century barn, which sleeps 2-4 in a wonderfully quiet location.
Heron Beck Guest House,, Off Keswick Road, Grasmere, Ambleside, ☎ 015394 35272, . checkin: 4.00pm; checkout: 10.00am. Heron Beck guest house provides quality 4 Star accommodation in Grasmere in the very heart of the famed Lake District National Park. The guest house offers visitors stunning views over private gardens reaching out to the nearby fells, a truly breathtaking scene. Bed & Breakfast from £40 per person per night. £40.