Ambleside Roman Fort

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In the heart of the Lake District, right on the shores of Lake Windermere, you'll find the remains of a Roman fort that dates back to the 2nd century.

In the most idyllic spot, surrounded by beautiful fields and a mesmerising river nearby, is Ambleside Roman Fort.

Now a quiet and peaceful place, it was once bustling with activity.

Follow in the footsteps of the Romans

Ambleside was excavated between 1913 and 1920, where remains of a Roman fort dating back to the 2nd century were discovered.

Covering three acres, there are suggestions it had a huge role in supplying Roman troops who policed the Lake District as well as being a key place for goods transported by ships.

We'll leave it up to you to decide what you think happened here all those years ago - as soon as you arrive, you can’t help but feel intrigued.

You’ll be able to see the remains of the main gate, the commanding officer’s house, the granaries, and the headquarters building.

The information board will show you how everything would have once looked to really help you see history come to life before you.

Nearby places to explore

There are two other Roman sites nearby which were once linked to Ambleside by a Roman road.

Head to Ravenglass Roman Bath House, one of the tallest Roman structures in Northern Britain at almost four metres high.

If you want to see another Roman fort founded under Hadrian’s rule in the 2nd century, then make the trip to Hardknott Roman Fort, which is less than 10 miles from Ambleside Roman Fort.

Ambleside is a historic town laced with fabulous cafes, pubs, and restaurants, so venture into town after your visit for a delicious meal - you'll need it after that historical adventure!

We're sure you’ll be eagerly planning your next visit to another English Heritage site to continue learning about the fascinating history of the UK.

Ambleside Rugby Union Football Club,
Borrans Road,
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