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Fantastic YHA hostel perched in a brilliant location on the edge of Windermere.

YHA Ambleside

Waterhead Ambleside LA22 0EU 0845 371 9620

We say

If there is a better hostel location in Britain we’d love to know about it. The YHA’s flagship Lake District hostel has an amazing lakeside position on Windermere, around a mile outside Ambleside, in a big old slate building – originally a hotel – that has its own jetty, waterside picnic benches and bar and restaurant. While the bunk-style rooms don't always live up to the location, you certainly get value for money: most have lake views and, with 65 rooms sleeping over 250 people (2 to 6 people in a room), they are just as good for couples as families. After a major refurb, 11 rooms now have en-suites but they go quickly, so book well in advance if you want one. Otherwise, showers and toilets are shared, but there are lots of them, and facilities, from self-catering kitchen to kayak rental, are excellent.

They say

In a truly breath-taking lakeside location, this newly refurbished youth hostel offers stunning views on the shores of Lake Windermere and the perfect base right in the centre of the Lake District National Park.

YHA Ambleside is ideally situated in walking distance of the charming village of Ambleside and within easy access for all the action-packed activities the Lake District can offer. After a day of walking, climbing or canoeing relax in our new modern bar and restaurant, serving a variety of fantastic food and local brews, and end the day gazing over the lake on our decked terrace.

Enjoy all Ambleside has to offer, with plenty of shops to peruse, a choice of cinemas and many fantastic pubs to rejuvenate after an activity filled day. Our team members are there to help, don't forget to ask about our outdoor activity packages available to groups, or if you fancy a walk they'll happily point you in the direction of the local walking routes.

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How much?

Beds from £21.00. Private rooms from £32.00.


  • Café
  • Kitchen
  • Private Rooms
  • Wifi

Looking for...

  • Countryside
  • Waterside
  • YHA hostels

Getting There

By road M6 Jct 36, follow A591 via Windermere to Waterhead. Hostel is 1 mile south of Ambleside town. There is limited parking onsite.


Open all year. Reception Times 07.30-24.00.

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