YHA Ambleside exterior
Bed in a shared room from £13.00 per night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Central heating
  • Cot available
  • Hangers
  • Heating
  • Hot water
  • Lock on doors
  • Lockers
  • Smoke alarm

Need to know

Check in:
From 15:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
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:
Bedding is supplied in all our shared rooms.
Private room from £25.00 per night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Central heating
  • Cot available
  • Disabled access rooms available
  • Hangers
  • Heating
  • Hot water
  • Lock on doors
  • Lockers
  • Smoke alarm

Need to know

Check in:
From 15:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
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:
Bedding is supplied in all our private rooms.

Overview

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

  • Free Wi-Fi in shared social spaces
  • Excellent location on the edge of Windermere
  • Stunning lakeside cafe and restaurant

Accommodation at YHA Ambleside

Bed in a shared room

If you're happy to share, dorm rooms have multiple beds - ideal for budget breaks.

Private rooms

Like your own space? Private rooms offer the hostelling experience with more privacy.

Private en-suite rooms

Enjoy your own space with a private en-suite room, including bathroom facilities.

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Food and drink at YHA Ambleside

The Lakeside restaurant

Eat with us

YHA Ambleside is serving a range of tasty food options for you to enjoy during your visit. Fuel your adventures with a YHA classic breakfast and continental options as well as a delicious all day menu to choose from.

YHA Breakfast

Breakfast menu at YHA Ambleside

Start your day off right with our delicious classic YHA breakfast including a hearty cooked breakfast and continental options. For a lighter start, you can buy the continental breakfast separately. Under 10s eat free with our special offer – see menu for details. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

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YHA Full menu

All day menu at YHA Ambleside

Take your pick from our full menu. From hearty meals and lighter bites to delicious desserts, we are sure we have something tasty to fuel your adventure. Under 10s eat free with our special offer – see menu for details. Vegan and vegetarian options available.

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YHA snack menu

Snack menu at YHA Ambleside

If you need a quick bite to eat while on your travels, take your pick from our snack menu, filled with stone-baked pizzas and nachos. Vegan and vegetarian options available.

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Hostel facilities

  • 24-hour access
  • 24-hour reception
  • Baby changing
  • Breakfast
  • Café
  • Classroom(s)
  • Corridor zoning
  • Dining room
  • Evening meals
  • Free parking on premises
  • Full mobile coverage
  • Games
  • Garden/grounds
  • Group meals
  • Highchair
  • Lake view
  • Lakefront
  • 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
  • Restaurant
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Shared drying room
  • Shared lounge
  • Shared TV
  • Vending machines
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • WiFi

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.

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 internet access, a library and group catering.

Book your YHA School Trip.

Volunteering

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

History

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!

TripAdvisor 2020 Travellers' Choice Award

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