The Lake District’s Bridge House opens for the first time since 2019 – everything you need to know about historic Ambleside

They say size doesn’t matter and it certainly does for a historic relic in the Lake District. In reality.

Bridge House’s small size is even more appealing and for such a tiny place there is a huge amount of history to be discovered that is locked within its walls. The original stone building, which sits above Stock Beck, River in Cumbria’s popular tourist town at the tip of Windermere, has been affectionately nicknamed ‘The Little House of Ambleside’.

Standing since the 17th century, the National Trust-owned tiny house is set to welcome visitors again for the first time since 2019.

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Read on for some fascinating facts about the tiny house’s eclectic past that has provided a lovely backdrop for hundreds of thousands of photographs over the centuries.



Bridge House is also known as
Bridge House is also known as “The Little House of Ambleside”

The house was originally built by the Braithwaite family

One of the most influential families of their time, the Braithwaites originally settled in Hawskeshead before expanding their empire to other parts of Cumbria and North Lancashire.

The Bridge House built so they could access their land across the river. It was also used to store apples.

It has had many different forms, helping it to survive through the centuries

From a counting house counting house from the Rattle Ghyll mills to a tea room, a weaving workshop, a cobbler to a family home. Yes, that’s right, this little gem was once home to a family of eight.

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It reminds us of Charlie Bucket’s humble home in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

He was saved from ruin many times

The people of Ambleside love the house which has been part of the tapestry of the town for so long and in the 1920s locals got to work paying for much needed repairs. They completed the work and ensured that its original features and character were retained.

The project cost £1,244 11s 10d in 1926.

The tourist attraction will be open Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for paid tours in August. visits will be organized by The Armitt: Museum, Library, Gallery in partnership with the National Trust.

A small gift shop (because, well, it has to be) will also be open to visitors. The curious cottage is located close to one of the main visitor car parks on Rydal Road, use LA22 9AY on the GPS.

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