The Towns and Villages of Lake Windermere

Lake Windermere is an attraction all to itself in Northeastern England. Nestled along its shores are a collection of charming villages and towns, all suitable to be a base of operations when visiting the Lake.


With a dozen hotels, Ambleside offers ample lodging for visitors. The inns and hotels are conveniently located to shops and restaurants offering a full experience to travelers staying for the day or more. Things to do in Ambleside include touring Wray’s Castle, a historic view of a Galava’s Roman fort, and walking up Loughrigg Fell. In and around Ambleside there is much to do for every tourist.


Waterhead is situated on the lake and is home to a number of piers for commercial and recreate boat traffic. A number of hotels and restaurants in the area allow visitors to sight see for the day or stay overnight. Waterhead is an excellent place to catch a boat ride on the lake or to go on a fishing adventure.


Bownes-on Windermee offers the experience of a small village with the modern amenities of a tourist destination. With many places to stay and to eat, this town can play host to your entire vacation. Situated near the lake, water enthusiasts will have access to the shore and water. Just inland is a selection of great hikes and walking paths filled with picturesque scenery.


Lakeside sits on the lake and ferries are available for daytrips from its many piers. Lakeside is the terminus for the historic steam railway in the area and trips aboard a vintage steam locomotive are available on the last remaining spur.

These are a few of the places to stay when visiting Lake Windermere. The towns and villages retain much of the historic charm of the region. Each has a selection of dining establishments, lodging, and activities to make your stay more enjoyable.