The Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa has desirable position of a fantastic central location with many things to do almost straight from our doorstep, or if not a stones throw away. We’ve picked our favourite ‘Explore from the door’ options for you to try during your stay – you don’t need to use the car!


Right outside the hotel the 599 bus for Ambleside, Bowness, Windermere and Grasmere.  You can purchase an unlimited travel ticket and concession pass holders travel free.  A great way to explore the surrounding towns and villages. 

Windermere Lake Cruises 

A short stroll down to Waterhead where you can jump on board one of the many vessels that provides leisure trips on Windermere, whether it be a whole tour of the lake or just Brockhole for the outdoor adverture centre.  Or to Newby Bridge for the Steam Train and Aquarium, or just a short sail to Bowness – the possibilities are endless. 

Mountain Goat Tours

A local sightseeing tour company offering full or half day tours so you can discover the Lake District and again leave the car at the hotel and let somebody else take the strain while you soak in the scenery.

Local Walks from the doorstep

Stockghyll Waterfall which is adjacent to the hotel and the glorious Loughrigg Tarn is a short stroll through the village and park.  View more of our suggested local walks here

The Armitt Museum

A local museum, gallery and library full of interesting and unusual objects telling the history and heritage of Ambleside and it’s people. Located  in the University of Cumbria grounds around the corner from the hotel on Rydal Road.

Bridge House Ambleside

Bridge House stands over Stock Beck and is a quirky reminder of Ambleside’s past it is a 17th Century survivor. Thousands of visitors come every year to see it and have their picture taken by this tiny house over the beck but few actually know much of its varied past.