YHA Buttermere entrance
Bed in a single gender shared dorm
Private room
Camping and cabins


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Set in an unrivalled position, overlooking the lake and surrounded by some of the highest mountains in England, YHA Buttermere is a fabulous base for a holiday in the Lake District. There are fantastic walks to suit all abilities direct from the door, including Haystacks, made famous by Alfred Wainwright.

Gentle family walks around the shores of Buttermere and Crummock Water can be found and for the more adventurous, there is great wild swimming potential. Buttermere also offers great cycling routes, including gentle rides out towards the Loweswater Fells.

Why guests love YHA Buttermere

  • Overlooking Lake Buttermere
  • Grand, historic building
  • Great for walking

Accommodation at YHA Buttermere

The hostel

Dorms are not currently available.

YHA Buttermere offers a selection of dorm beds and private rooms. The youth hostel is a former Victorian slate hotel and is a perfect get away for families wanting a peaceful rural break. We like to think of our hostel as cosy, warm and relaxing, great after a day on the fells.

We have a spacious lounge with comfortable furniture and spectacular views, a large dining room with tables, chairs and a bar, and a self-catering kitchen. Our self-catering kitchen makes the best use of the space available with appliances and storage and preparation space. There is plenty of crockery, glassware, cutlery, pots, and pans - everything you need to cook a delicious hostel feast.


These brand new Landpods, upgraded for 2019, are fully waterproof and sleep up to four adults. They are slightly elevated off the ground for a comfortable night’s sleep under the stars – you can even open the roof for a better view! With LED lighting these cosy pods include all beds and bedding. There is a table, bench and BBQ firepit outside so you can make the most of the great outdoors and dine al fresco.

The new larger Landpod sleeps up to 4 people, on two small double mattresses (one above the other) and a single futon mattress, which doubles up as the seating area. They’re even tall enough to stand up in!

Guests have year-round access to 1 shower shack and 1 toilet shack, where you can freshen up after a sleeping under the stars. There is no heating in our Landpods.


Set in wooded grounds, we have availability for a two-person tent to pitch on the grass.

Guests have year-round access to 1 shower shack and 1 toilet shack, where you can freshen up after a sleeping under the stars.

Campers have access to all of the youth hostel facilities including the self-catering kitchen, cafe-bar, restaurant, drying room and laundry, with 24-hour access provided via a door code when reception is closed.

Parking is available in the main car park, just next to the camping area.

Opening times
The campsite is open over the summer holidays and selected weekends throughout the year.

Hire the whole place

This hostel is occasionally made available for hire on an exclusive basis. This means that you can have the place to yourself and choose how many of your friends, family, club mates, etc., join you. We allocate availability for exclusive use in blocks, typically up to 90 days in the future.

If you are looking for space to stay with us on a normal shared basis, and can’t see any availability three months or more into the future, then this hostel may be being held for Exclusive Hire. Check availability for Exclusive Hire.


Food and drink at YHA Buttermere

YHA Buttermere dining room

Eat with us

YHA Buttermere is serving a range of tasty food options, including breakfast baps, for you to enjoy during your visit. A takeaway service is also available.

Breakfast baps

Breakfast baps at YHA Buttermere

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we want to make sure you get off to a great start, so we are now serving delicious breakfast baps. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

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Pizza menu at YHA Buttermere

Tuck into a vast range of delicious stone-baked pizzas when you pay a visit to the hostel. From margherita to ham and pineapple, we're sure we have a pizza topping for everyone to enjoy. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

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Supper Club

Supper Club

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!

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  • Cot available
  • Cycle store
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden / grounds


  • Laundry
  • Lounge


  • Board games
  • Library/Quiet room

Accommodation options

  • Private rooms available
  • Camping and Cabins

Food & drink

  • 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 17:00 - 22:00

Check out: Before 10:00

Open every day?: From 18th March to 31st October, YHA Buttermere is open during weekends and school holidays for families and individual travellers. From Monday - Thursday the hostel is open for group bookings. From 1st November until 17th March YHA Buttermere is open for group bookings and YHA Exclusive Hire only. Beds and rooms may become available three months prior to the travelling date so please check the website for more information.

Towels and toiletries: Towels and toiletries are not provided but are available to hire or purchase from reception. Bedding is supplied.

Parking: Parking space for 18 cars on site. Additional free parking on road near base of Newlands Pass, 200 metres away.

Dogs: Pets are not permitted in the hostel accommodation at YHA Buttermere. Dogs can stay on our campsite and in our Landpods. There is a £5 charge per dog per night for our Landpods which is payable upon arrival. You can bring your dog for free if you are camping in your own tent. Assistance dogs are welcome throughout.

WiFi: Free WiFi is available in social spaces.

YHA Buttermere - Access Statement

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YHA Buttermere

Map references

OS Map: 89

OS Grid Ref: NY178168

Lat/Lng: 54.540418, -3.271598

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9508

Email: [email protected]

YHA Exclusive Hire

During the winter, YHA Buttermere is available for sole use via our Exclusive Hire website.

YHA School Trips

YHA Buttermere is perfect for geography, biology and history trips. There is also a range of adventure activities available. The hostel accommodates 70 people, has a library, and offers catering for groups, making it ideal for a school trip. Visit the YHA School Trips website to find out more.


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 at this hostel on the volunteering website


YHA Buttermere was built by local author Nicholas Size who wrote The Secret Valley, an historical account of local resistance to the Norman invasion in the 12th century. The hotel was given to YHA in 1956 as a memorial to King George VI.

Meet the team

"I’m Chris, YHA Buttermere’s manager. I’ve tried to create a really friendly, informal and welcoming atmosphere at YHA Buttermere. I’ve been here for six years and enjoy advising our guests on all the great things to do in the Lakes. Being in Buttermere allows me to get out onto the fells; in summer climbing, walking and fell running; in winter I try to make the most of what the weather offers us. In a good winter, Buttermere offers some great winter walking and climbing and, if there’s enough snow, I’ll drag my snowboard out for some Lakeland shredding!"

Manager recommends: If you're on a walking holiday, the staff favourite is Rannerdale Knotts - for unbeatable views of the whole valley, finished off with an ice cream from Syke Farm. If you're looking for a rural retreat in a quieter corner of the lakes. Buttermere is great for both activity breaks and cheap family breaks.

TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award 2020 Walkers and Cyclists Welcome Rough Guides 2012

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