It doesn't always have to be about the adrenaline rush of climbing, hiking, mountain biking. Just as many of our guests enjoy a pleasant stroll into Ambleside to take advantage of the many and varied merchants and their wares.
There's the usual butchers, bakers, chemists and charity shops, but through the quaint alleys and cobbled streets you will find much more. Chocolatiers, fudge makers, art and craft galleries, a plethora of specialist outdoor shops, books shops, gifts, the delightful Bath House perfumery or Rush, the edgy country chic fashion retailers.
Fantastic Local Retailers we recommend!
RUSH Ambleside is the quintessential clothing shop in the heart of the English Lake District offering the very best in stylish ladies and menswear.
From classic, yet contemporary Tweed to leading fashion brands you love, RUSH Ambleside provides a unique shopping experience in the centre of the UK's outdoor adventure capital.
Ambleside Bank House Chocolates
Bank House Chocolates offer their superior handmade chocolates in many forms, such as individual chocolates made on the premises and chocolate truffle logs in a variety of liqueur flavours.
Enter the preserved old strong room and see the display of gift baskets, luxury jams, sweets and biscuits.
The Climbers Shop
In 1959 Frank Davies opened The Climber's Shop - the first outdoor shop in Ambleside! For over half a century The Climbers Shop remains in the centre of Ambleside and is a focal point for many climbers, walkers and holiday makers wanting to kit themselves out for the outdoor lifestyle.
The Old Courthouse Gallery
Established in 1994, The Old Courthouse Gallery, two expansions and 21 years later, has evolved into one of the largest independent contemporary arts galleries in the north of England. This spacious gallery displays on three floors all that is best in contemporary British art and craft by some of the countries leading and up and coming designer makers, the emphasis being on high quality craftsmanship and individuality.