Ambleside is the perfect location to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, without forgoing the comforts that don't occur in rural areas. For travelers staying in Ambleside hostels, the experience is that of a true British holiday, without getting overrun by holiday-goers. In the small, but lively, city center itself there are several shops (grocery stores as well). Take a stroll down to the lake and watch the sailboats or rowboats chasing each other (or hop on one yourself) and enjoy the sprawling lawns and swimming areas.
If you feel like taking a ride on a boat, there is a ferry that leaves from Ambleside Pier and is a good way to relax during the afternoon. There are also lots of trailheads that start in Ambleside, so be sure to make the most of a visit to the Lake District and hike along the rolling hills and mountains. Pop up to Rydal Mount and see William Wordsworth's home, or walk through the gardens of Rydal Hall (it's free) and see what life was like living in an estate.
Beatrix Potter fans can go down into Windermere on a short bus ride to visit her house, but to understand the real inspiration behind the stories, it is best to go outside and explore for yourself. Heed weather conditions, although, and if you do go for a walk, make sure to bring a map and a compass, and head back in before dusk.
There are a few pubs in Ambleside, but to be fair this is not a place known for its nightlife, although stag and hen parties occasionally seem to frequent the place under the impression that there is a large nightlife scene.
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