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Best budget digs in Keswick at this refurbished riverside hostel

YHA Keswick

Station Road Keswick CA12 5LH 0845 371 9746

We say

Best budget digs in Keswick are at the refurbished riverside hostel, which sees a lot of backpacker and hiker traffic but is also a useful base for families looking to save money on accommodation (rooms sleep up to 6, and those up in the eaves are a bit quieter and have views down onto the river). In-the-know couples should book early for the one room in the entire hostel that has a double bed (it’s got a single bunk above, so is also cosy for three). There's also a river-view bistro serving big breakfasts or pizzas and other meals for dinner. You can be out the door and up a proper mountain within half an hour – Skiddaw is the local 3000-foot peak to bag – while the municipal park lies just across the river from the hostel. Or walk the few minutes into Keswick for cagoule shopping and cappuccino drinking in the northern Lakes’ nicest town.

They say

With views overlooking the river towards the mountains you can easily believe YHA Keswick is miles from civilisation, but with the town of Keswick only minutes away the hostel offers a fantastic combination of activity and entertainment.

Just around the corner there are all sorts of activities available, including watersports, mountain bike hire and, for those rainy days. the leisure centre or indoor climbing wall. For more seasoned climbers in search of a climbing holiday, step up to the challenge of scaling Skiddaw.

After a long day if you are in need of a break and respite our licensed American-style Rocky River Diner offers an authentic stateside experience, complete with checked table cloths and generous portions of delicious USA-inspired grub.

You say Average Rating ★★★★★

Great place to stay in Keswick ★★★★★

Family rooms en suite perfect for families or friends gatherings, good food and perfect central but peaceful location in Keswick - what's not to like?

YHA Keswick reviewed by on July 28th, 2014

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26 bedrooms, ranging from two to six beds, over three floors, with 107 beds in total (including dorms, private rooms, family rooms and rooms with en-suites).

How much?

Beds from £15.00. Private rooms from £29.00.


  • Bar
  • Bike Store
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Dorms - single sex
  • Drying room
  • En-suite available
  • Family rooms
  • Good Public Transport
  • Kitchen
  • Luggage store
  • Parking
  • Private Rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Self Catering Available
  • Wifi

Looking for...

  • Activities
  • Budget
  • Countryside
  • Family-Friendly
  • Groups Welcome
  • Hills & Mountains
  • Town & City
  • Walking
  • Waterside
  • Watersports
  • YHA hostels

Getting There

By car: from the M6, J40, take the A66 to Keswick. The hostel is next to the river Greta off Station Road. Sat nav postcode CA12 5LH. There is only limited parking available on Station Road, however there is free parking 400m away.


Open all year. Reception Times: 07.00-23.00. Hostel Closing Times: 23.30.

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