Museums and galleries across the UK are subject to temporary closures. Those that remain open have safety measures in place, please remember to check venue guidelines before visiting.

Armitt Library and Museum Centre


Free entry

The Armitt Collection celebrates over 2,000 years of Lake District heritage.

Founded in 1912 the Armitt is a combination of gallery, museum and library, entirely devoted to exploring the rich history of the local area.

Permanent collection

The Armitt's collection is both eclectic and eccentric; an early 19th century articulated wooden leg from Elfehowe, a Roman copper alloy bell and a lace cap belonging to Dorothy Wordsworth were among the early acquisitions.

Key pieces by former local residents include Ruskin's letters addressed to Dr. Parsons, Beatrix Potter’s watercolours of fungi, mosses and lichens and artworks by Kurt Schwitters, who spent his final years living and working in Cumbria.

Armitt Library and Museum Centre

Rydal Road, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9BL

01539 431212


Opening times

Thursday-Sunday 10am - 5pm (last admission 4:30pm)

Also open on bank holidays

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

We will continue to have protective screens in place at our reception counter, sanitisers available for use, a one-way route flow, and our staff and volunteers will be wearing face coverings when in the galleries.

We ask that you also help us to all stay safe while at The Armitt by signing in with the NHS track and trace app, wearing a face mask throughout the building (unless exempt), 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.

With a National Art Pass you get

Free entry
Standard entry price

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