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Bed in a single gender shared dorm
Private room


Covid-19 - Book with confidence

It is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of the current Government guidance. In making a booking with YHA (England & Wales) you are agreeing to adhere to the relevant Government guidance that will apply at the time of your stay. Please bear in mind that the guidance may be different in England and Wales.

The duty of care we have to our guests, beneficiaries, staff and partners compels us to progress and run our hostels with caution and careful consideration in the best interests of the charity and those it serves.

To find out more about our COVID-19 secure enhanced health and safety measures, please read our FAQs.

Temporary changes at YHA Ambleside

For the foreseeable future, the following changes will be in operation at YHA Ambleside. We are sorry for inconvenience this has caused, we're working hard to safely open all areas of our hostels as soon as we can.


  1. Dorms are not currently available.

Private rooms

  1. This hostel offers private rooms with en-suite or shared toilets and showers facilities with extra Covid-secure cleaning regimes.


  1. Self-catering kitchen(s) remain closed.

  2. Lounge(s) remain closed.

  3. Dining room(s) are open to guests for the consumption of their own food.

  4. Meeting room(s) remain closed.

  5. Luggage room/store(s) remain closed.

  6. Bar(s) will be serving drinks for for table service only.


  1. We will be offering a table service serving a limited food and drinks menu.

Good to Go England

COVID-19 Industry Standard

In Partnership with The National Tourist Organisation of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

In recognition that this business has confirmed that they have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.

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 the charming village of Ambleside, YHA Ambleside gives you easy access to prime walking, climbing and water sports in the Lake District. Plus, with a modern bar and restaurant serving great food and local ales, return to the hostel confident you will be catered for.

Why guests love YHA Ambleside

  • Free Wi-Fi in communal areas
  • Excellent location on the edge of Windermere
  • Stunning Lakeside cafe and restaurant

Accommodation at YHA Ambleside

The hostel

This modern 249 bed accommodation has both private and dorm rooms, 11 of which are en-suite across 3 floors. There is a cosy lounge with ample seating for relaxing after a day exploring the stunning surroundings. You can tuck into a hearty meal at the newly refurbished restaurant or cook up a storm in the well-equipped self-catering kitchen. The hostel has a decked terrace which overlooks Lake Windermere- a pretty view to capture in your memory!

Please be aware that there is no lift in the hostel. YHA Ambleside has one ground floor accessible room which can only be booked by calling the hostel directly.


Food and drink at YHA Ambleside

The Lakeside restaurant

Eat with us

Our Lakeside Restaurant & Bar provides a contemporary, relaxed and cosy atmosphere right on the shores of the beautiful Lake Windermere. Offering a broad selection of delicious food, alongside a range of freshly made hot drinks and a well-stocked bar. Open daily to guests and passers-by, let us welcome you to rest your legs and indulge your senses after the day’s adventure.   


Breakfast at YHA Ambleside

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we want to make sure you get off to a great start so we provide a full hot and cold breakfast buffet. Cold meats, cheeses, fresh fruit and yogurt are on offer for the health conscious or light eaters. Our new juice station offers a wide variety of fresh juices and smoothies to try. For the hungrier amongst you, a full English breakfast. Vegan and vegetarian options also available. Breakfast is served from 7.30 – 9am and you can get up to 15% off breakfast as part of your online booking.

All day menu

All day menu

Choose from our tasty daily specials or delve into our café-bar style menu experience, think scrumptious bar snacks, light bites, stone-baked pizzas and piled-high burgers. Vegan and vegetarian options also available. Kids under 10 eat free with every main meal purchased from the menu.

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Supper Club

Supper Club at YHA Ambleside

Join our nightly Supper Club. Share stories and experiences with your fellow travellers while tucking into a delicious two course meal. This is the authentic hostel experience! Don't forget, you can now save up to 15% when you add meals to your online booking.

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  • 24 hour access
  • Ambulant accessible
  • Classroom
  • Cot available
  • Cycle hire
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden / grounds
  • Wheelchair accessible


  • Drying room
  • Laundry
  • Lounge
  • Luggage store


  • Board games
  • Games room
  • TV

Accommodation options

  • Private rooms available
  • En suite rooms available
  • Disabled access rooms available

Food & drink

  • BBQ area
  • Cafe
  • Dining room
  • Group catering available
  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available

Transportation & parking

  • Parking
  • Near ferry port
  • Near bus stop

Other YHA products

  • Meeting Rooms & Corporate Hire
  • Trade bookings
  • YHA School Trips

Need to know

Check in: From 17.00

Check out: Before 10.00

Open every day?: Yes

Towels and 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.

Parking: The property has a free car park on-site for guests and patrons. Please note that this car park is controlled by an ANPR parking system. Upon arrival, motorists are required to validate their presence by entering their 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 (3 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 - 08:00.

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

Wi-Fi: Free wi-fi is available in social spaces.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served from 7.30 til 9am

YHA Ambleside - Access Statement

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YHA Ambleside

Map references

OS Map: 90

OS Grid Ref: GR377031

Lat/Lng: 54.41917, -2.961813

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9620

Email: [email protected]

YHA School Trips

There are a range of educational and action/adventure packages available at YHA Ambleside. The hostel has 249 beds, Internet access, a library and group catering is available. Visit the YHA School Trips website to reserve the hostel for your field trip.

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.
Parking: There is limited parking at the hostel. More parking can be found in Ambleside village.
Wi-Fi: There is no Wi-Fi in the conference room.
Accessibility: 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


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.

You can find out more and apply to volunteer at this hostel on the volunteering website


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!

Trip advisor 2020 Travellers Choice award

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