Ambleside Pier

Ambleside showing a pebble beach, a marina and boating
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Enjoy views of England’s largest lake, cruise the waters on a steamer and by rowboat and ride a horse-drawn carriage into a historic village.

Visit Ambleside Pier (aka Waterhead Pier) to launch into adventures on Lake Windermere. Embark on boat tours into the heart of the beguiling Lake District National Park from Ambleside Pier. Sit at the waterfront and admire uninterrupted views of some of the finest lake and mountain scenery on offer in England.

The pier juts out from the northeasterly point of Lake Windermere. Gaze over the lake’s rippling water towards the lush green landscapes and mountain peaks of the Langdale Valley. The views are impressive from the pier, lakeshore path and gardens of nearby cafés and pubs. Watch as passenger ferries, private sailboats and rowboats come and go from the piers.

Experience the beauty of the lake on leisurely boat tours. Steamers and launches (open motorboats) depart from the pier and call at lake villages and tourist attractions. Stop at Bowness-on-Windermere to visit the Lake District Visitor Centre and at Windermere Jetty, for the Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories. In summertime you can catch a boat to Wray Castle, walk the western shoreline for 5 miles (8 kilometers) and then return by boat.

Discover the lake at your own pace on a self-drive tour. Traditional rowboats and motorboats, both with capacities for up to six passengers, are available to rent at the pier. Dogs and children are welcome to come along for the ride. Other options for water-based adventures are kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding.

Be sure to include a visit to the attractions of Ambleside village, which is a 15-minute walk or quick horse-drawn carriage ride away. Find bookstores, cafés and clothing outlets set inside slate and stone-built buildings. See Bridge House, which inspired artists such as J.M.W. Turner, and walk to Stock Ghyll Force waterfall.

The easiest way to reach Ambleside Pier and Ambleside is by boat and car. Parking is available at the entrance to the pier. A public bus service connects with Bowness-on-Windermere and the market town of Kendal.

Compare 3,332 hotels close to Ambleside Pier with room rates, reviews, and availability. Most hotels are fully refundable.

The Temperance Inn - The Inn Collection Group
The Temperance Inn - The Inn Collection Group
3 out of 5
33 Lake Road, Ambleside, England, LA22 0BH
The price is $102 per night from Apr 16 to Apr 17
$102
per night
Apr 16 - Apr 17
Stay at this 3-star inn in Ambleside. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and daily housekeeping. Popular attractions Lake District National Park and White Platts ...
9.2/10 Wonderful! (67 reviews)
Good
"Perfectly adequate stay, the room was clean and comfortable and the breakfast made the stay good value for money. Paid parking is nearby and it’s only £1 after 8pm. The main negative is that the WiFi wasn’t working and signal is not great in Ambleside. We didn’t eat at the Temperance Inn as there ..."

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2023

The Temperance Inn - The Inn Collection Group
The Waterhead Inn
The Waterhead Inn
4 out of 5
Lake Road, Ambleside, England, LA22 0ER
Stay at this 4-star hotel in Ambleside. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the bathrooms in our reviews. Popular ...
8.8/10 Excellent! (200 reviews)
Overnight stay
"Great service great location and charming hotel"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2022

The Waterhead Inn
Wateredge Inn
Wateredge Inn
3.5 out of 5
BORRANS ROAD, Ambleside, England, LA22 0EP
Stay at this 3.5-star hotel in Ambleside. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in our ...
9.2/10 Wonderful! (122 reviews)
Very friendly
"Really friendly staff and very clean rooms. A good location by the side of Windermere lake. Wish we had brought our dog."

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2022

Wateredge Inn
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The Temperance Inn - The Inn Collection Group
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3 out of 5
33 Lake Road, Ambleside, England, LA22 0BH
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4 out of 5
Lake Road, Ambleside, England, LA22 0ER
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3.5 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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Rothay Garth
3.5 out of 5
Rothay Road, Ambleside, England, LA22 0EE
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Lyndale Guest House
Lyndale Guest House
4 out of 5
LOW FOLD Lake Road, Ambleside, England, LA22 0DN
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The Ambleside Inn - The Inn Collection Group
The Ambleside Inn - The Inn Collection Group
3 out of 5
Market Place, Ambleside, England, LA22 9BU
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Lacet House
Lacet House
3.5 out of 5
Kelsick Road, Ambleside, England, LA22 0EA
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Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa, BW Premier Collection
Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa, BW Premier Collection
4 out of 5
Lake Road, Ambleside, England, LA22 9BX
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