Best budget digs in Keswick at this refurbished riverside hostel
Station Road Keswick CA12 5LH 0845 371 9746
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.
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.
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Places to eat & drink nearby
Dog & Gun
2 Lake Road Keswick CA12 5BT
Simply a cracking pub – dog-friendly, with ancient wooden benches, roaring fires and a selection of local beers.
26 Lake Road Keswick CA12 5DQ
It might be chucking it down outside, but it’s always bright and cheerful inside Keswick’s original café-bar.
19 Lake Road Keswick CA12 5BS
A handy place to put together a picnic to eat on the shoreside paths and lawns.
Things to see & do nearby
Castlerigg Stone Circle
Castle Lane Keswick CA12 4TE
The standing stones at Castlerigg, high above Keswick, are one of the Lake District’s most spectacular sights
Cumberland Pencil Museum
Southey Works Keswick CA12 5NG
Keswick’s pencil museum turns out to be a whole lot more interesting than you had bargained for
Theatre by the Lake
Keswick CA12 5DJ
Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake is one of England’s most innovative small theatres
Lakeshore Keswick CA12 5DJ
Chugging across by wooden launch is quite the nicest way to see Derwent Water
Other Places to Stay Nearby
Ellergill Guest House
22 Stanger Street Keswick CA12 5JU
Ellergill is a real find and a real bargain – neither of which are easy to find in Keswick
YHA Skiddaw Bunkhouse
Bassenthwaite Cumbria CA12 4QX
England's highest, most remote hostel lies more than an hour along a mountain track from the nearest car park.
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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.