Best Things To Do & Days Out In Ambleside, Cumbria

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 245 fun things to do in Ambleside for you and the family to discover, including tourist attractions, indoor and soft play areas and museums and art galleries. What's more, the weather shouldn't be a problem – 151 of the attractions are indoors. Finding the right Ambleside day out for your family is easy – simply explore the links below or use the filters at the top of the page to plan your next adventure.

Want to know what to do with the nature lovers in your family? Walk on the wild side and visit our Animals listings for zoos, safari parks and wildlife parks. Or are you looking for nearby places to visit in Ambleside with a culture vulture? We've picked the best children's museums, discovery centres and historic locations in the Sightseeing section.

If you're after a big day out during the school holidays, we can tell you where the nearest theme park, water park or ski slope is. For quieter days near home in term time, we can help you find the best soft play, leisure centre or pottery cafe.

For teachers planning the next class trip, many places are educational and suitable for all ages, from babies and toddlers to teens. Never be stuck for what to do with the kids again!

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The Ambleside Mystery Treasure Trail

  • Ambleside
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

You’re going to need all your mystery busting skills to get around the Rambler’s Riddle. He’s planted a series of dastardly clues all over The Ambles...

White Platts Recreation Ground

  • Ambleside
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Found in the centre of Ambleside, White Platt's Recreation Ground has the best mini golf in the lakes! There is 9 hole mini-golf course – with a 90 m...

Ambleside Climbing Wall

  • Ambleside
  • Indoor
  • Climbing

Ambleside Climbing Wall is the perfect family option. With our experienced and fully qualified instructors we will take you through the basics of cli...

Go Ape Grizedale

  • Hawkshead
  • Outdoor
  • High Ropes Courses

Discover two epic high ropes course locations at Go Ape Grizedale; with something for all the family from tiny tots (min 1m tall) who can take on the...

Windermere Lake Cruises

  • Bowness
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

No matter where you start your journey with Windermere Lake Cruises, be it from Bowness, Ambleside or Lakeside, the spectacular and family friendly v...

Wray Castle

  • Ambleside
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Wray Castle is a veritable king of castles: turrets, towers, period dressing-up, castle building room, hidden treasure to find, the new Peter Rabbit...

Brockhole Lake District Visitors Centre

  • Windermere
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Lakes

Brockhole Lake District Visitors' Centre on the shores of Windermere has loads to do outdoors and indoors with a 30 acre site of shoreline, woodland...

Predator Experience

  • Lake District
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

In the natural world it doesn’t make much sense to actively seek out and get close to predators. However that’s what you’ll get at the Predator Exper...

Treetop Trek Windermere

  • Windermere
  • Outdoor
  • High Ropes Courses

Adventurers assemble! The treetops are calling with 35 daring challenges at Treetop Trek Windermere. Experience life above the clouds as you climb 40...

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  • Windermere
  • Outdoor
  • High Ropes Courses

You'll have made it to the top (literally) at Treetop Nets in Cumbria. Let your kids enjoy this unique experience that will leave them feeling like t...

Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum

  • Grasmere
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Dove Cottage and The Wordsworth Museum will take you back to the era when Wordsworth was writing his poetry. Little has changed in the cottage and it...

Lake Windermere

  • Windermere
  • Outdoor
  • Lakes

Lake Windermere is one of the most popular places to visit in the Lake District and there‘s a reason why! The area is absolutely stunning - you’ll fe...

Grizedale Forest

  • Ambleside
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Grizedale Forest offers beautiful views from Lake Windermere to Coniston Water. Just follow one of the waymarked walking trails and it will lead you...

Crags Adventures

  • Windermere
  • Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

Crags Adventures Crags Adventures is a small, family run business offering exciting outdoor activities in the Lake District. We meet at different loc...

The World of Beatrix Potter

  • Bowness-on-Windermere
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The World of Beatrix Potter is a vibrant family attraction, bringing to life all 23 enchanting stories in a magical recreation of the beautiful Lake...

Bowness on Windermere Treasure Trail

  • Bowness-on-Windermere
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

There's something for all the family on the Bowness on Windermere self-guided treasure hunt themed Treasure Trail. The whole family (6 and up) will n...

Windermere Quays

  • Bowness-on-Windermere
  • Outdoor
  • Sailing and Kayaking

Windermere Quays is a Marina which as well as offering permanent and holiday birthing for boats, also provides boats for hire so you can go sailing w...

Lake District National Park

  • Windermere
  • Outdoor
  • National Parks

Love nature? You’re bound to spend days on end exploring Lake District National Park! With 912 square miles of stunning valleys, lakes, coastlines an...

Windermere Canoe Kayak and Bike Hire

  • Bowness-on-Windermere
  • Outdoor
  • Sailing and Kayaking

Taste adventure in the Lake District with Windermere Canoe and Kayak. Located on the shores of England's longest lake, they can provide everything yo...

Coniston Water

  • Coniston
  • Outdoor
  • Lakes

Weather’s nice and you feel like escaping the city? Pack a lunch bag and take the kids to Coniston Water - the 5th largest lake near Coniston village...

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