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Opening Times

We are open from 10am until midnight seven days a week throughout the year, except Christmas Day when we open only for a couple of hours at luchtime, and New Years Eve when we are open until 1am.


Finding Us

From town centre: follow North Road up beside the Tourist Information Centre and Post Office. When you reach the butchers turn left between the buildings then drop down to the right to reach the back door.

From Rydal Road: at the mini-roundabout near the main car park take the short climb up Smithy Brow to bring you to the front door on the right.

If you want to use your sat-nav to find us our postcode is LA22 9AS, but please note that there is no parking at the pub itself!

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We take payment by cash, or by credit or debit card subject to a minimum transaction of 10. Cashback is available on debit cards.


Children are allowed into the pub in any of the rooms except the bar itself until 9pm. Children must be accompanied at all times.



Well behaved dogs are always welcome. Not everyone is a 'dog person' so please keep you dog with you and on a lead. Bowls of drinking water are available in the beer garden or from the bar on request.


Public Transport

Ambleside is well served by buses, including services from Windermere, Bowness, Kendal and Keswick. Futher details of bus services can be found from Stagecoach, which includes a route search tool.

The nearest railway station is at the end of the Lakes Line at Windermere, 5 miles away. You can easily complete your journey to The Golden Rule by bus or taxi. Details of rail services can be obtained from National Rail Enquiries.

There are a small number of taxi companies serving Ambleside. If you know that you are going to need a taxi don't rely on finding one on the streets, we strongly recommend booking one in advance.



There is no car parking at the pub itself. There is a large pay-and-display car park on Rydal Road (free between 6pm and 9am) and a small amount of free time-limited on-street parking (you'll need a parking disc) at the bottom end of North Road, both of which are about a minutes walk from the pub.



Getting into the pub: the Rule is built on a hill so getting into the pub requires a short traverse of a steep hill. There is a small step at the front door, and from the back door there are two steps down to the bar.

Within the pub: there is level access from the bar to the 'top room' and to an accessible toilet. There are two steps down to the 'bottom room', a step up to the 'back room', and two steps up to the main toilets and beer garden.


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