For underground tours and the popular Via Ferrata. Edge along ladders and bridges to reach a summit viewpoint over Buttermere. Visit the website
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
Accommodation at YHA Buttermere
YHA Buttermere has 70 beds and offers a selection of dorm beds and private rooms as well as camping platforms. 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.
Set in wooded grounds, we offer camping on our four wooden platforms. Each camping platform is 3m x 2.5m and is ideally suited to a backpacking type of tent.
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.
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. You can check availability for Exclusive Hire on our dedicated website.
Food and drink at YHA Buttermere
- Cot available
- Cycle store
- Free wi-fi
- Garden / grounds
- Board games
- Library/Quiet room
- Private rooms available
- Camping and Cabins
Food & drink
- Dining room
- Group catering available
- Licensed bar
- Meals available
- Self-catering kitchen
Transportation & parking
Other YHA products
- Meeting Rooms & Corporate Hire
- Trade bookings
Need to know
Check in: 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.
Pets: Pets are not permitted at YHA Buttermere. Assistance dogs are welcome.
Wi-Fi: Free wi-fi is available in social spaces.
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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.
You can 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.