YHA Ambleside Exterior Image
Bed in a single gender shared dorm
Private room


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 watersports in the Lake District. Plus, with a modern bar and restaurant serving great food and local ales, return to the hostel confident you’ll 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, some of which are en-suite.

YHA Ambleside at a glance:

- Refurbished restaurant and licensed bar
- Decked terrace overlooking Lake Windermere
- 11 rooms with en-suites
- Ideal for action-packed family holidays
- FREE Wi-Fi!
- Right next door to Ambleside Pier, we have our own jetty and slipway
- Bedrooms at YHA Ambleside are across three floors. 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 and, 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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  • Ambulant accessible
  • Classroom
  • Cot available
  • Cycle store
  • 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
  • Self-catering kitchen

Transportation & parking

  • Parking

Other YHA products

  • Meeting Rooms & Corporate Hire
  • Trade bookings

Need to know

Check in: From 14.00

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, classroom facilities, 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

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 watersports holidays. Everything you need for great outdoor activity holidays or school trips! Watersports, walking, climbing and steamboat trips, it’s all here!

Trip Advisor 2018

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