Ambleside Roman Fort

Ground level view of Ambleside Roman Fort with low stone wall remains showing footprint of structures

Free Entry

Open any reasonable time during daylight hours


Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0EN

Before You Go

On the shores of Lake Windermere, the well-marked remains of Ambleside Roman Fort date from the 2nd century. It was probably built under Hadrian's rule to guard the Roman road from Brougham to Ravenglass and to act as a supply base.

Managed by the National Trust. 

Read more about the history of the fort.

Before You Go

Parking: There is public charged car parking throughout Ambleside.

Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.

Please be aware: Farm livestock is likely to be present.


Plan a Great Day Out

Follow in the footsteps of the Romans by visiting two other Roman sites in the area, once linked to Ambleside by a Roman road. From the remains of the bath house at Ravenglass, the road went east to Hardknott Roman Fort, and from there it descended to the shores of Lake Windermere, and to Ambleside Roman Fort.

At the other end of Lake Windermere you'll find the award-winning Stott Park Bobbin Mill. From Ambleside it's a thirty minute drive or it can be reached by taking a lake cruise, followed by a 15 minute walk. 


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English Heritage cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and places - from world-famous prehistoric sites to grand medieval castles, from Roman forts on the edges of empire to a Cold War bunker. Through these, we bring the story of England to life for over 10 million people each year. The English Heritage Trust is a charity, no. 1140351, and a company, no. 0744722, registered in England.

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