20 Best Things To Do In Ambleside Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Ambleside

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 246 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 – 152 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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Cruise boat at Ullswater Steamers in Glenridding

Ullswater Steamers

  • Glenridding
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Ullswater Steamers offer the perfect opportunity to explore the area. Referred to as the 'Dark Lake' in Arthurian legend, it is believed monsters use...

River at Aira Force in Penrith

Aira Force

  • Penrith
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Probably the most famous of the Lake District waterfalls, the main force falls 70 feet from below a stone footbridge. Aira Force provides a glimpse o...

Millipede at Lakes Aquarium in Ulverston

Lakes Aquarium

  • Ulverston
  • Indoor
  • Aquariums

More than 30 spectacular, naturally themed habitats show the diversity of life in the Lakes. See Lakeland's menacing pike, eels, perch, char and many...

Woman on rope ladder in cavern at Honister Slate Mine & Via Ferrata in Keswick

Honister Slate Mine & Via Ferrata

  • Keswick
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Caves and Mines

Go overground, underground and simply get grubby at Honister Slate Mine & Via Ferrata. Your journey begins with a fully guided tour into the mine...

Bush tunnel at Fell Foot Park in Newby Bridge

Fell Foot Park

  • Windermere
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Fell Foot Park is a great family friendly location to play in and explore the southern tip of Lake Windermere. There's plenty of open space for tradi...

People climbing at Lakeland Climbing Centre in Kendal

Lakeland Climbing Centre5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Kendal
  • Indoor
  • Climbing

Whether they’re first-timers or seasoned pros, Lakeland Climbing Centre is a great way to get your kids active and up on the wall! Kids are free to g...

Kids painting at Pandemonium Pots in Kendal

Pandemonium Pots

  • Kendal
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

For the perfect rainy day activity, or any day come to think of it, get crafty with paint and pottery at Pandemonium Pots. The idea is simple: you’ll...

Ruins of Kendal Castle on Curious About Kendal trail

Curious About Kendal

  • Kendal
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Curious About Kendal is a unique way to explore this bustling Cumbrian town. The two walks can be enjoyed separately, or joined together if you want...

Family at Climb 365 in Lake District

Climb 365

  • Lake District
  • Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

Climb 365 offer family adventure days which are specifically designed around the ages, abilities and needs of your family. It allows you to design yo...

Classic motor cars at Lakeland Motor Museum in Newby Bridge

Lakeland Motor Museum5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Newby Bridge
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Little car enthusiasts will love exploring transport of the past at Lakeland Motor Museum. From futuristic vehicles to those of the 80’s there’s plen...

Visitors on Leap of Faith at Live For Today Adventures Kendal

Live For Today Adventures Kendal

  • Kendal
  • Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

Live For Today Adventures at The Castle Green Hotel is an Outdoor Activity centre 5 minutes from Kendal. Do you ever worry that your children are alw...

Kids in mine at Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum in Keswick

Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum

  • Keswick
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Caves and Mines

The highlight at Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum is naturally the underground element, but if the kids aren't too keen on descending then unlike t...

Climbing walls at Keswick Climbing Wall

Keswick Climbing Wall

  • Keswick
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Climbing

Keswick Climbing Wall Great for beginners for several reasons: it's a friendly and supportive environment with highly qualified yet accessible lesson...

Outside pool at Shap Swimming Pool in Penrith

Shap Swimming Pool

  • Penrith
  • Outdoor
  • Lidos

Shap at just under 1,000 ft is England's highest heated open air swimming pool! Their volunteer run 16 metre community pool is open daily from May to...

People riding horses at Bigland Hall Equestrian in Backbarrow

Bigland Hall Equestrian

  • Backbarrow
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Horse Riding and Stables

BHS approvedBigland Hall Equestrian offer a variety of well mannered mounts for lessons, which are available for all ages, scenic hacks and cross cou...

Kids looking for clues on Treasure Trail

The Keswick Spy Mission Treasure Trail

  • Keswick
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

By following the route along this self guided themed Keswick Treasure Trail, you and the children are sure to have a great time solving the clues and...

People on climbing walls at King Kong Climbing Centre in Keswick

King Kong Climbing Centre

  • Keswick
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Climbing

King Kong Climbing Centre gives you loads of opportunities to have active fun with your friends or family. If you fancy an exciting climb, there are...

The Puzzling Place

  • Keswick
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

The Puzzling Place's World of Illusion takes the theme of Illusion and runs with it. It is home to their ‘Anti-gravity Room', ‘Ames Room', ‘Hologram...

Girl playing at Fitz Park BMX Track and Playground in Keswick

Fitz Park BMX Track and Playground

  • Keswick
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

The playground and green space at Fitz Park in Keswick now also features a full size well equipped BMX track thanks to tireless local campaigning: we...

Girl by giant pencil at Cumberland Pencil Museum in Keswick

Derwent Pencil Museum4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Keswick
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Derwent Pencil Museum (previously Cumberland Pencil Museum), situated in Keswick, Cumbria, in the heart of the Lake District, is a great all weather...

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