A fascinating and entertaining collection that celebrates over 2000 years of Lake District history, from the time of Ambleside's Roman occupation to the 20th century. Facts, artefacts, historic photographs and renowned works of art by the area's better known former inhabitants such as Beatrix Potter, Kurt Schwitters and John Ruskin, as well as displays about the daily lives of its hard-working townspeople in past times. Over 11,000 books are contained in the reference library and there is a changing programme of exhibitions. The Collection is pre-eminently a research source, using the gallery to demonstrate the range of material within the collection.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking nearby
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: Chair lift to upstairs library, parking at establishment
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, Mon-Sat 10-5 (last entrance 4.30). Closed 24-26 Dec
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About the area
Cumbria's rugged yet beautiful landscape is best known for the Lake District National Park that sits within its boundaries. It’s famous for Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, and Derwent Water, ‘Queen of the English Lakes'. This beautiful countryside once inspired William Wordsworth and his home, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere is a popular museum. Another place of literary pilgrimage is Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter, located near Windermere. Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here.
Much of Cumbria is often overlooked in favour of the Lake Distirct. In the south, the Lune Valley remains as lovely as it was when Turner painted it. The coast is also a secret gem. With its wide cobbled streets, spacious green and views of the Solway Firth, Silloth is a fine Victorian seaside resort. Other towns along this coastline include Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. Carlisle is well worth a look – once a Roman camp, its red-brick cathedral dates back to the early 12th century and its 11th-century castle was built by William Rufus.
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