Ambleside has everything you would expect from a campus set among the fells of the Lake District. This picturesque town has a selection of cafes, restaurants and tea shops, independent retailers - and not forgetting the areas of outstanding natural beauty!

Life on Campus

Ambleside is a wonderful place to live and study; the campus is compact and friendly, located just two minutes walk from the town centre. On a clear day you can even enjoy amazing views over the Lake District from the top of the campus. The range of study facilities on offer include a library, lecture theatres, student residences and The Barn; a flexible learning space with social and study areas. As a student studying at Ambleside you will also have access to our very own climbing wall.

Discover our Ambleside campus


Ambleside is a self-contained campus that offers everything you need to take your studies further. Our library has a wide variety of learning resources for your convenience, with a particular emphasis on outdoor and environmental subjects as well as business. Based in the newly refurbished Barn, you’ll have plenty of space for studying alone or with your friends. You’re sure to love our Charlotte Mason building as well, which provides an open access ICT communal space to help enhance your work.

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Rural Growth Hub

We are particularly proud of our Rural Growth Hub, a fantastic space that allows for networking opportunities with other students and local businesses. Perfect for those with an entrepreneurial spirit, the Hub is the ideal destination to find work placement opportunities and internships to get you connections for a future career. It comes fully equipped with high-speed WiFi access and provides plentiful space for both studying and meetings.

Growth Hub

National School of Forestry

Our Ambleside campus has been home to the prestigious National School of Forestry since 2014. As a student on one of our forestry courses you will be based within a 50-mile radius of hectares of ancient semi-natural woodlands and commercial plantation forests that are managed for a variety of reasons. The Lake District National Park, with its variations in climate, topography, land use and vegetation, is an ideal place to study forest management and woodland ecology and conservation.

National School of Forestry

"There is nowhere else I would rather be and no better place to study Conservation than in the Lake District"

Lucy Gunson

Contact information


The Barn
Rydal Road
LA22 9BB

Telephone: 015394 30274