Winter Season

2 November – 22 December 2022
Wednesday – Saturday
10:30am-4:30pm, last entry at 4pm.


The Armitt

Adults – £6 (with or without 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.

For all paying adults, your ticket provides you free entry again within the next 12 months.


You can pre-book your admission tickets to The Armitt and Bridge House by clicking here or you can call us on the phone on 015394 31212, option 1. You will also find tickets to our upcoming events and activities. 


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 platform 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 still have counter screens and sanitiser at the visitor reception for staff, volunteer, and visitor comfort, and we are operating a one-way route.

Although it is not mandatory to wear face masks, we would like to ask everyone to be respectful of others and to come into the museum feeling comfortable. Our staff and volunteers may continue to wear face coverings when not behind a screen or working at a desk. Please be mindful of social distancing with anyone not within your group and consider making alternative arrangements if you have tested positive for COVID-19.






During our winter season (2 November – 22 December 2022) last entry will be 4pm. We are open Wednesday-Saturday.


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 platform 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 may continue to wear face coverings whilst walking around the museum. We would be grateful if visitors too, can be respectful of others.

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.