Attractions Around Ambleside and Windermere

The Armitt Centre
Built to house remarkable collection of books and artefacts assembled by the intellectual Armitt sisters. Includes Beatrix Potter's watercolour paintings of fungi, which were part of her serious scientific studies. Also historical artefacts, local history records, artworks and items connected with many eminent local people including Harriet Martineau, John Ruskin and Kurt Schwitters. Small attraction. Just off centre of Ambleside on A591 to Rydal, opposite large car park. Rydal Road, Ambleside LA22 9BL 015394 31212 Opening times, admission charges and further information on their website.
Email Us web site

Brockhole Lake District Visitor Centre
Interactive exhibitions, adventure playground, gardens, cafe, shop, visitor information, activities rowing boats and canoes for hire, pre-book on 015394 41366 or email conistonbc@lake-district.gov.uk. Lakeshore setting, off the A591 halfway between Windermere and Ambleside. Mid-size attraction, more with activities. Admission free, on bus route and daily launch from Ambleside (return fares, timetable and further information on their website www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk). Windermere LA23 1LJ 015394 46601
Email Us web site

Holehird Gardens
Lakeland Horticultural Society 10-acre hillside garden with national collections of astilbe, hydrangea and polystichum ferns. Walled garden large borders, hillside stream garden and more. Some plants for sale. Open daily dawn to dusk. Small attraction. Admission and parking free (donation requested). Patterdale Road, Windermere LA23 1NP from A591 Windermere to Ambleside Road, follow brown sign and at mini-roundabaout onto A592 for 1 mile. Telephone 015394 46008 Opening times, admission charges and further information on their website.
Email Us web site

World of Beatrix Potter Attraction
Child-size models of all of Beatrix Potter's 23 tales for children with sound and smells, virtual walks in author's footsteps and Peter Rabbit Garden. Shops, tea room. Opening times, admission charges and further information on their website. Small attraction. Crag Brow, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3BX 015394 88444
Email Usweb site

Townend
Traditional Lakeland home of a statesman, or independent yeoman farmer. Built in 1626 for George Browne and his new bride, it remained with the family until 1943 when it transferred to the National Trust. Kept as the Brownes had it with furniture made especially for the family and many household goods kept for decades by the frugal Brownes. N of Windermere on minor road off A591signposted at Troutbeck Bridge.LA23 1LB. Small attraction. Opening times, admission charges and further information on their website. Telephone 015394 32628 Email Us web site

Hill Top
Beatrix Potter's home. Scenes from books can be identified, many of author's belongings as she left them, garden planted with her favourite flowers, herbs and vegetables. Popular attraction, timed entries, often sold out, advance booking not possible, parking can be difficult. No ticket required for shop and gardens. Small attraction. Opening times, admission charges and further information on their website. On B5285 2 miles S of Hawkshead in village of Near Sawrey LA22 0LF 015394 36269
Email Usweb site

Beatrix Potter Gallery
17th C building, formerly office of her solicitor husband, William Heelis. Exhibitions of original Potter art. Small attraction. Opening times, admission charges and further information on their website. Main Street, Hawkshead, LA22 0NS, centre of village next to Red Lion pub. Tel. 015394 36355
Email Usweb site

Low Wood Watersports and Activity Centre
Recognised training centre for Royal Yachting Association, British Canoe Union and British Water Ski, registered with The Adventurous Activities Licensing Service to provide watersports. Free parking. Open April 1 - Oct 31, winter sessions by arrangement. Changing rooms, showers, equipment hire, equipment and refreshment shop. Learn to sail, or paddle a kayak or canoe. Boat hire. Working within National Park guidelines and Windermere 10 nautical mph speed limit, Lake District's only waterski centre. Uses modern waterskis, wakeboards, kneeboards and wake-surfers, Mastercraft waterski boats and British Water Ski training techniques. Sample offers 2 hours sailing instruction for 1-2 people in a Laser Bahia; 2 hours' hire of Wayfarer sailing dinghy for 1 or 2 people; 1 hour waterski lesson and use of all equipment and wetsuit (observes speed limit). Includes instruction and equipment. Times, charges and further information on their website. 2 miles N of Windermere village on A591 on E shore of Windermere. LA23 1LP 015394 39441
Email Us web site

Heaton Cooper Studio
Gallery and art shop with changing exhibitions of paintings, sculptures and prints from four generations of the famous Heaton Cooper family of artists. Small attraction. Broadgate, Grasmere LA22 9SX. Opening times, admission charges and further information on their website. Telephone 015394 35280 .

web site

Blackwell
Holiday home of wealthy Manchester brewer completed in 1900, designed by Arts and Crafts architect MH Baillie Scott with much interior decoration surviving. Nationally important design at crossroads of Victorian and modern architecture. Now an applied arts and crafts gallery run by Lakeland Arts Trust as sister gallery to Abbot Hall in Kendal. Permanent collection and changing exhibitions, shop, tea room. Small attraction. Opening times, admission charges and further information on their website. 1.5 miles S of Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3JT on the B5360, off the A5074 Kendal Road. Signposted from A592 Newby Bridge to Bowness road. Tel. 015394 46139
Email Usweb site

Homes of Football Exhibition
This attraction has closed and the exhibits have moved to the National Museum of Football in Manchester Urbis Building, Cathedral Gardens, Todd St, Manchester M4 3BG Opening times, admission charges and further information on their website. Tel: 0161 605 8200 web site

Dove Cottage
Home of William Wordsworth, his sister Dorothy, and later his wife Mary and the first three of their children, between 1799 and 1808. Where much of Wordsworth's best poetry and Dorothy's journals and many letters were written. Also many illustrious guests including Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Thomas de Quincy and Sir Walter Scott. Much of the house as the Wordsworths left it with many of their household items and portraits, plus the garden restored to the Wordsworth's design. Also Museum and art gallery dedicated to the Romantic movement in British poetry and art with collection and exhibitions of international importance. Family activities and special events in holidays. Small attraction. Ticket covers guided tour of Dove Cottage, admission to Wordsworth Museum and Art Gallery, exhibitions, parking. Opening times, admission charges and further information on their website. Town End, Grasmere LA22 9SQ on A591 Kendal to Keswick Road, just E of village of Grasmere. Tel. 015394 35544
web site

Windermere Lake Cruises
The most popular attraction in Cumbria on England's largest lake. The classic sight on the lake is one of the white 3-deck 'steamers' Swan and Teal cruising from Lakeside at the S end of the lake to Bowness-on-Windermere in the centre and Ambleside in the N. Mid-size to big attraction. The company also runs the elegant 2-deck Tern and a number of smaller boats and launches for shorter journeys. Bowness and Ambleside are signposted from A591 and Lakeside from A590 post codes LA23 3HQ (Bowness), LA22 0EY (Ambleside) and LA12 8AS (Lakeside). Opening times, admission charges and further information on their website. Tel. 015394 43360
web site