Ambleside Applicant Visit Day

11 March 2020 10:30 - 15:00

Ambleside campus

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We'd like to invite you to begin your journey with UoC at our Applicant Visit Day event.

This is a fantastic opportunity to further investigate your course choice through hands-on interactive sessions with our academics, whilst also exploring the highlights and best bits of the town or city you will be studying in. There'll be opportunities to speak to our support services and chat to many students currently studying at the University of Cumbria. We look forward to seeing you there!

How to get here


Ambleside is just north of Windermere, Cumbria. Postcode for sat navs is LA22 9BB.

  • From the North: Take the A591 which brings you directly onto Rydal Road. The campus is on your left hand side.
  • From the South: Take the A591 from Windermere which brings you onto Lake Road. At the start of the one-way system bear left onto Wansfell Road and then right onto the A593. Follow this road round through the town centre and at the traffic lights turn left onto Rydal Road. The campus entrance is on your right hand side.

Limited free parking is available on site or alternatively there is a pay and display car park just opposite the campus – see campus map.


Windermere is the nearest train station to our Ambleside campus. There is a regular bus service (555) to and from Windermere to Ambleside, which takes around twenty minutes. Taxis can be ordered from Windermere station.

Thousands of tourists flock annually to this small Lake District town. There's a wealth of things to see and do in the heart of the iconic National Park. 

Sightseeing and activities

  • Go Ape! at Grizedale Forest – treetop adventure including a 275m long zip wire!
  • Windermere Cruises – jump on a boat at Waterhead and explore the lake
  • Wray Castle – a National Trust property on the west coast of Windermere. A great place for a picnic by the lake
  • Loughrigg Fell – a walk from campus with views of Rydal Water and Grasmere and an opportunity to explore Rydal caves

Cafés and Restaurants

There are a great many eating places in Ambleside – below are just a few of our favourites.

  • Rattle Gill Café – vegetarian. Great chilli, salad and cakes!
  • The Apple Pie Bakery – tea room and takeaway. We recommend the Chelsea buns!
  • Dodds – lovely Italian food
  • Chesters by the River – vegetarian restaurant, a ten-minute drive away at Skelwith Bridge. You can also enjoy a pre- or post-dinner walk along the river to Elterwater.


It goes without saying that there are numerous outdoor pursuits in Ambleside and the surrounding area – climbing, walking, sailing, canoeing, mountain biking, open-water swimming, painting or photography – but when you want to put your feet up at the end of the day here are our recommendations.

  • Zefirellis - arthouse cinema in a converted church, jazz café and pizzeria
  • The Lily Bar – great cocktails!
  • The Golden Rule - traditional pub, popular with walkers, climbers, mountain bikers, artists and writers
  • Bar eS – Mexican bar. Craft beer and tasty tapas