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YHA AmblesideAmbleside, Cumbria, LA22 0EU
Situated right on the shores of Windermere, this stylish youth hostel offers an unbeatable location, stunning views, and state of the art facilities for families, groups, and solo travellers to enjoy.
In the centre of the Lake District National Park and within walking distance of its charming village namesake, YHA Ambleside gives you easy access to prime walking, climbing and water sports. With a modern bar and restaurant serving great food and local ales, you can return to the hostel confident you will be catered for.
Why guests love YHA Ambleside
Accommodation at YHA Ambleside
Bed in a shared room
Dorms are not currently available.
Dorm rooms have multiple beds and are shared with other people who may not be travelling together. They are usually more affordable than private rooms as you'll be booking a bed rather than the whole room.
A typical shared dorm room includes bunk beds, a reading light and a storage cupboard for each guest.
Children aged between 12 and 15 can stay in dorm rooms as long as an adult of the same gender accompanies them.
Shared shower and toilet facilities are located near to the room. None of our dorm rooms have en-suite facilities.
Want some privacy? With a private room, you'll be booking the whole room for your stay.
Private rooms typically include a storage cupboard and reading light for each bed, plus a wash hand basin.
Shared shower and toilet facilities are located near to the room.
Private en-suite rooms
For added privacy, relax with your family, friends or by yourself in a private en-suite room.
Private en-suite rooms typically include a storage cupboard and reading light for each bed, plus shower and toilet facilities solely for the people in your room.
Food and drink at YHA Ambleside
- 24-hour access
- 24-hour reception
- Baby changing
- Corridor zoning
- Dining room
- Evening meals
- Free parking on premises
- Full mobile coverage
- Group meals
- Lake view
- Large garden/grounds
- Licensed bar
- Luggage store
- Minibus parking nearby
- Minibus parking on premises
- Mountain view
- Near bus stop
- Outdoor seating
- Packed lunch
- Paid on-street parking
- Self-catering kitchen
- Shared drying room
- Shared lounge
- Shared TV
- Vending machines
- Wheelchair accessible
Hostel need to know
Reception opening hours: 24 hours.
Food and drink: Breakfast is served to guests from 07:30 – 09:00 on weekdays and 07:30 – 10:00 at weekends. Meals are also available from 11:30 – 20:30.
Self-catering : Guests have access to a self-catering kitchen.
Café and restaurant opening hours: Lakeside Restaurant and Bar is open to the public from 11:00 - 20:30, Monday to Sunday.
Parking: The property has a free car park on-site for guests and patrons. This car park is controlled by an ANPR parking system. Upon arrival, you will need to validate your presence by entering your car's registration number at reception. If this is full when you arrive, there is limited on-street parking in front of the pier and on Lake Road (three-minute walk). There is also a pay and display car park two minutes' walk from the hostel on Borrans Road, which offers free parking from 18:00 to 08:00.
WiFi: Free WiFi is available in shared social spaces.
Dogs: Pets are not permitted at YHA Ambleside. Assistance dogs are welcome - please notify us at the time of booking.
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YHA School Trips
There are a range of educational and action/adventure packages available at YHA Ambleside. The hostel has internet access, a library and group catering.
Book your YHA School Trip.
Volunteering with YHA is a fantastic way to have fun, learn new skills, boost your CV and travel to different places. We have a variety of different opportunities to choose from and volunteering roles to suit everyone.
The tasks are varied and in return you will meet some great people, who both work and stay in our hostels, as well as enjoying your time off discovering the local area and attractions.
Find out more and apply to volunteer through YHA Volunteering.
YHA Ambleside Queens Hotel operated proudly from 1946 to 1971 until YHA began negotiating the purchase of the Ambleside Hotel. After successful negotiations, YHA Queens Youth Hostel was closed on 25th September 1971 and sold in May 1972.
On the 4th October 1971, the new YHA Ambleside opened its doors and took over business from the original youth hostel. With 240 beds, it was considerably larger than the Queens Hotel building and, at the time, the largest and most successful YHA hostel to date.
Meet the team
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 water sports holidays. Everything you need for great outdoor activity holidays or school trips! Water sports, walking, climbing and steamboat trips, it is all here!