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YHA Ambleside
Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0EU
"Excellent" - 91% Customer Satisfaction Based on 437 customer scores
4 Star Hostel Accommodation - Visit England
4 Star Hostel

Best Price Guarantee - Member discounts and no booking fee

10% Off Breakfast

Beds from £13.00
Private rooms from £25.00
Family rooms from £25.00

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    Admissions Policy:
    Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult (aged 18 or over).
    Children under 11 are welcome at YHA but can only stay in private or family rooms or in our camping and cabins products.
    Children aged between 11 and 16 can stay in dorm rooms as long as they are accompanied by an adult of the same gender.

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Availability Calendar

Can't find a bed on your preferred date? Try choosing a different room type from the selection box above. Alternatively please call us on 0800 0191 700 or +44 (0) 1629 592 700. Members of YHA or Hostelling International are entitled to a discount of up to £3/night off the prices quoted above for bookings at YHA operated properties. Member discounts are redeemable at the checkout stage of your online booking. Family room prices are only available if your booking contains at least one adult and one child under 18.


  • BBQ area
  • Board games
  • Classroom
  • Cot available
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Cycle store
  • Dining room
  • Drying room
  • Garden/grounds
  • Good public transport links
  • Great for walking
  • Great for watersports
  • Group catering available
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Library/Quiet room
  • Licensed bar
  • Lounge
  • Luggage store
  • Meals available
  • Packed lunch available
  • Private rooms available
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Suitable for families
  • Trade bookings
  • TV
  • Under 3s welcome
  • Free wi-fi
  • Parking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ambulant accessible
  • Meeting Rooms & Corporate Hire
  • Housekeeping
  • Bedding provided
  • Great for groups
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Need to Know

Reception Times

From 2pm


Before 10am

Open every day?


Towels & Toiletries

Hand soap is provided next to all sinks. Towels are not supplied as standard but can be rented or purchased from reception. Bedding is supplied in all rooms.


The property has a small car park. If this is full when you arrive there is limited on-street parking in front of the pier and on Lake Road (3 minute walk). There is also a pay and display car park two minutes' walk from the hostel on Borrans Road (2 minute walk) which offers free parking from 18:00 - 08:00.


Pets are not permitted at YHA Ambleside. Assistance dogs are welcome.

Payment accepted online


Payments accepted at property



Free wi-fi is available in social spaces.

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Maps & Directions


Waterhead, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0EU

How to get here

By car: Take the M6 junction 36, follow A591 via Windermere to Waterhead. The hostel is one mile south of Ambleside town.

By bus: Alight at the Waterhead Hotel. The hostel is located on the waterfront to the left of the pier.

By train: Alight at Windermere. Directly outside of the train station, take the 555 bus and alight at the Waterhead Hotel. The hostel is located on the waterfront to the left of the pier.

By coach: The nearest National Express coach stop is at Ambleside, a mile away. Book your coach tickets here.

This 3 word address identifies the precise 3m x 3m square at the hostel's entrance. It’s much more reliable than a street address, which can take you to the wrong place particularly in the countryside. Paste these 3 words into the what3words app to get directions, even without a data connection. Click here to learn more.
Public Transport: View travel options.

Contact Information

Hostel: +44 345 371 9620
Email: [email protected]
Social Media:
  • Follow YHA Ambleside on Facebook

Map References

OS Map: 90
OS Grid ref: GR377031
Longitude: -2.961813
Latitude: 54.41917

Tourist Information

Tourist Office: 015394 32582
Website: http://www.visitcumbria.com/amb/ambleside
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Meeting Rooms

At YHA Ambleside we have one meeting room available for hire - the Wainwright Suite.

Capacity: Up to 20 delegates depending on seating configuration.
Available Equipment: Projector, flipchart, pull down projection screen.
There is limited parking at the hostel. More parking can be found in Ambleside village.
There is no Wi-Fi in the conference room.
There is step free access into the hostel and the meeting room is located on the ground floor. There is a step free route from reception to the room. The closest accessible WC is located in the café bar. For more information please see our full access statement.
Air conditioning:
There is no air conditioning but we do have fans and central heating.

Meeting room all day hire available from: £119


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