Exploring Arts and Culture in and around Ambleside
If you’re planning to visit us, we think there’s a fair chance you’ll be interested in some of the other wonderful artistic and cultural experiences that our area has to offer. From cinemas and theaters to museums and historical sites, Ambleside and its neighboring areas offer a fine array of arts and culture highlights.
Armitt Museum and Library
The Armitt Museum is a small yet fascinating museum and library located not far from us in Ambleside. It celebrates the life and works of notable figures like Beatrix Potter, John Ruskin, and others who made significant contributions to art, literature, and natural history. The museum’s collection includes rare books, artworks, and artifacts, providing visitors with a glimpse into the cultural heritage of the Lake District.
Zeffirellis Cinema and Jazz Bar
For a delightful cinematic and musical experience, visit Zeffirellis, a renowned cinema and jazz bar in Ambleside. It offers a diverse range of films and live jazz performances, making it a hub for culture enthusiasts. The comfortable ambiance and delicious vegetarian dining options complement the entertainment, providing a complete cultural outing.
The Wordsworth Trust
Just up the road near Grasmere is Dove Cottage and other historic buildings looked after by the Wordsworth Trust. Here you can visit William Wordsworth’s home and explore his life and works in the new museum. There are also lovely walks in the grounds and surrounding landscape that inspired many of his writings.
A short drive from Ambleside takes you to Brantwood House, the former home of John Ruskin, a prominent art critic and writer. The house displays his personal art and natural history collections and provides insight into his life and works. The estate also regularly hosts exhibitions and the surrounding gardens and breathtaking view of Coniston Water add to the allure of this cultural gem.
Theatre by the Lake
A bit further afield, for a taste of the performing arts, head to Theatre by the Lake, located about 40 minutes drive away in Keswick. This vibrant theatre hosts an array of plays, musicals, and events throughout the year. The venue itself, nestled by Derwentwater, adds a touch of magic to every performance.