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YHA Ambleside


Waterhead, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0EU

T: 0845 371 9620

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BBQ areaBoard GamesCafe barClassroom/Educational meeting room

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This hostel provides the following facilities:

BBQ area

Board Games

Cafe bar

Classroom/Educational meeting room

Conference facilities

Cot available

Credit cards accepted

Cycle Store

Drying room


Good Public Transport Links

Group catering available

Internet access


Library / Quiet room


Luggage store

Meals available


Picnic lunch available

Private rooms available

Restaurant/dining room

Self-catering dining room

Self-catering kitchen

Special Breaks

Suitable for families

Table Licence

Trade Bookings


Under 3s welcome




249 Beds

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About YHA Ambleside

Situated right on the shores of Lake Windermere, this newly refurbished Youth Hostel offers unbeatable location, stunning views and state of the art facilities for families, solo travellers and groups looking for a base right in the centre of the Lake District National Park.

While within walking distance of the charming village of Ambleside, YHA Ambleside gives you easy access to prime walking, climbing and watersports in the Lake District - the hostel overlooks the nearby Langdale Pikes. Ambleside Pier is situated right next to the Youth Hostel and, with a modern bar and restaurant serving good food and local ales (have a look at the menu here), you'll never run out of things to do during your stay.

YHA Ambleside at a glance:


Metro Menu PDF (2.9MB) Metro Menu PDF (2.9MB)Click here to view the menu at this hostel (2.9MB).

The Ambleside village has plenty of shops to browse, three cinemas for evening entertainment and plenty of great pubs to refresh you after your activity-filled day. We can organise outdoor activity packages for groups, including rock climbing, kayaking, ghyll scrambling and canoeing. If you're on a walking holiday, don't forget to ask at reception for walking routes in the area.

Why not look at our other recently refurbished Youth Hostels?

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Need to know

There is limited parking on site.

Towels are not supplied. They are available to hire from reception for £2 (+ £5 deposit) or please bring your own. Bedding is supplied.


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Reception Times:
07.30 - 24.00

Is the hostel open every day of the year?

Manager recommends

  • Right in the heart of the Lake District, Ambleside is ideal for everyone, from first timers looking for weekend breaks to seasoned visitors who love serious outdoor activity holidays and want the best access to all that the Lakes have to offer - from climbing holidays to watersports holidays. Everything you need for great outdoor activity holidays or school trips! Watersports, walking, climbing and steamboat trips, it’s all here!

Volunteering opportunities

Fancy spending some time in the stunning Lake District making a difference? YHA offers volunteering opportunities for individuals or groups throughout the year including student placements, week & weekend working parties or as much time as you’re willing to give. Tasks are varied and can be tailored to your interests or you can learn lots of new skills. If you’re interested in helping out please use either the hostel details above or contact our volunteering team at volunteering@yha.org.uk.

YHA School Trips

There are a range of educational and action/adventure packages available at YHA Ambleside. The hostel has 249 beds, Internet access, classroom facilities, a library and group catering is available.

Visit the YHA School Trips website to reserve the hostel for your field trip.

Under 5? Please stay in a Private Room.
Under 15? Please be accompanied with an Adult staying in the same room.
Aged 16 or 17? Please bring a friend or Adult if staying in Shared Accommodation.

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