November 2021 – March 2022
Wednesday – Saturday
10:30am – 4:30pm,
last entry at 4pm

The Armitt will be closed for the season from 19th December 2021 and will then reopen on 16th February 2022.


Adults £6 including gift aid
Students £4
Children (under 16) Free
Friends of the Armitt Free
Museum Association and Art Fund Members Free

The Armitt is an independent trust and charity so relies on admissions and donations to continue to open for the benefit of all. If you’d like to support us further, please consider making a donation here.


You can pre-book your admission tickets to The Armitt by clicking here. You will also find tickets to our upcoming events and activities. You can also pre-book tickets over the phone by calling us on 015394 31212.


We have no parking onsite, apart from one disabled bay for blue badge holders to the right of the building. There is a South Lakeland District Council pay and display car park on Rydal Road, just across the road from The Armitt. There is also pay and display parking on the University of Cumbria Ambleside Campus – this is not always available and open to the public so please check the onsite signage.


The nearest train station is Windermere. There are regular buses between Windermere and Ambleside, including the 555 and the 599. The 555 route between Keswick and Lancaster travels via Ambleside. Bus timetable information is available here.


From the south, leave the M6 at junction 36 and follow the signs for Kendal, Windermere and Ambleside. Travel into Ambleside, following the A591; pass the Bridge House and cross the mini-roundabout. The Armitt is sited on the right, signposted close to the University of Cumbria Ambleside Campus.

From the north, leave the M6 at Junction 40 and follow the A66 west towards Keswick. Just before Keswick, turn off on the A591 towards Ambleside and Windermere. Follow the A591 past Grasmere and into Ambleside, past Green Bank Road. The Armitt is sited on the left, sign-posted close to the University of Cumbria Ambleside Campus just before the mini-roundabout.


The Armitt is situated at the tip of the University of Cumbria campus. You can get to us by car or on foot and there is level access into the building. We have one disabled parking bay for blue badge holders.

The museum is situated over two-floors with level access across each. The Armitt is suitable for wheelchairs and buggies. There are toilet facilities, including disabled, in the building. The stairlift operates from the ground floor to the first floor providing access to all our spaces

The Armitt continues to take every reasonable step to ensure you can have a safe and enjoyable visit to the museum.

We are still displaying the NHS track and trace poster or asking for your details on entry, have counter screens and sanitiser at the visitor reception for staff, volunteer, and visitor comfort, and the one-way route is remaining in place.

We would like to ask everyone (unless exempt) to be respectful and wear a mask around the museum. Our staff and volunteers will continue to do so when not behind a screen or working at a desk. Please also maintain social distancing with anyone not within your group and do not attend if you have COVID symptoms, or have come into contact with anyone who has had symptoms of COVID in the last 14 days





The time of last entry is 4 pm while we are operating during our winter hours – November 2021 – March 2022.


We love to welcome groups to The Armitt. Please get in touch at or call 015394 31212 to discuss your options with one of our team.

Is there car parking?

The main car park for Ambleside is situated directly opposite the museum. Onsite parking is limited to staff and one disabled bay.

Is there disabled access?

Yes. There is a stairlift that travels from the ground floor to the first floor, and to the toilets. We also have one disabled parking space onsite to the right of the museum.

What are your Covid requirements?

Whilst it is no longer mandatory to wear face masks, our staff and volunteers will be continuing to wear face coverings whilst walking around the museum, so we’d like to ask our visitors to also wear face coverings to help reduce the spread of COVID. We have also maintained our counter screens at the visitor desks, hand sanitiser, and a one-way route. Please see our COVID risk assessment here .

Do I need to pre-book tickets?

General admission tickets are available to pre-book online or over the phone, but you can also purchase tickets on the day from our visitor reception. However, all events and activities must be booked in advance.