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YHA Coniston Holly HowConiston, Cumbria, LA21 8DD
There’s so much to do on an activity break at YHA Consiton Holly How. Whether you’re into watersports, sailing or cycling, there's something for everyone, including some of the country’s best mountain biking trails.
YHA Coniston Holly How sits in the heart of the Lake District National Park and provides easy access to the village and Coniston Water. This traditional Lakeland house is close to excellent walks for all levels and is also a major Mountain Leader Training and Assessment base. It's also a popular venue for school trips, bank holiday getaways and camping breaks - ideal for all kinds of get-togethers and outdoor activity holidays.
Why guests love YHA Coniston Holly How
Accommodation at YHA Coniston Holly How
Bed in a shared room
Dorm rooms have multiple beds and are shared with other people who may not be travelling together. They are usually more affordable than private rooms as you'll be booking a bed rather than the whole room.
A typical shared dorm room includes bunk beds, a reading light and a storage cupboard for each guest.
Children aged between 12 and 15 can stay in dorm rooms as long as an adult of the same gender accompanies them.
Shared shower and toilet facilities are located near to the room. None of our dorm rooms have en-suite facilities.
Want some privacy? With a private room, you'll be booking the whole room for your stay.
Private rooms typically include a storage cupboard and reading light for each bed, plus a wash hand basin.
Shared shower and toilet facilities are located near to the room. None of our private rooms have en-suite facilities.
Like camping but with a few added extras! Our Landpods sleep up to 4 people, on two double mattresses and a single futon mattress, which doubles up as the seating area. All bedding is included, plus 15 tog duvets and LED lighting.
Landpods don't have heating, so are more suited to the those who like a traditional camping experience. Even in the colder months, it’s nothing a couple of warm, cosy blankets can’t fix! There is a bench and BBQ firepit outside, so make the most of the great outdoors and dine al fresco.
Guests have year-round access to a shower and toilet shack, where you can freshen up after a sleeping under the stars.
These spacious tipis are fully kitted out with bedding and can sleep 4 people on mattresses. They have a wooden floor which is partly carpeted and a lockable coffee table chest which you can store your belongings.
There's also eco-friendly solar lighting and two comfy waterproof bean bags for you to chill out on during the day, as well as a woodburner to keep you snug. This cosy glamping option is perfect for those who love camping but not roughing it.
There are two tipis at YHA Coniston Holly How, available to book for stays from April to October. Guests have full use of the hostel's facilities plus a separate shower and toilet shack, where you can freshen up after a sleeping under the stars.
Camping is sold per person and not per pitch. During the booking process, you will need to select the number of people who you wish to camp.
Camping is available at YHA Coniston Holly How on a flat lawned area which has 30 different tree species, including the Lake District's tallest Monkey Puzzle tree which is 150 years old.
Campers have full use of the hostel's facilities during the day including the self-catering kitchen, cafe and bar. There is also a separate shower and toilet shack available for at night time. Campfires are strictly prohibited.
There is on-site car parking but, when the car park is full, it may be necessary to drop off and park in the village.
Food and drink at YHA Coniston Holly How
- BBQ area
- Coach parking nearby
- Contactless payments
- Cycle store
- Dining room
- Evening meals
- Free parking on premises
- Full mobile coverage
- Group meals
- Licensed bar
- Medium garden/grounds
- Meeting rooms
- Minibus parking on premises
- Mountain view
- Near bus stop
- Outdoor seating
- Self-catering kitchen
- Shared drying room
- Shared lounge
- Shared TV
- Water refill station
Hostel need to know
Reception opening hours: From 07:30 - 10:00 and 17:00 - 22:00.
Food and drink: Breakfast is served to guests daily from 07:30 – 09:00. Meals are also available from 17:00 – 20:00.
Self-catering: Guests have access to a self-catering kitchen.
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, motorists are required to validate their presence by entering their car's registration number at reception.
WiFi: Free WiFi is available in shared social spaces.
Dogs: Pets are not permitted at YHA Coniston Holly How, except in our Camping & Cabins accommodation. Assistance dogs are welcome - please notify us at the time of booking.
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YHA School Trips
This hostel accommodates 59 people. We may be in the heart of the Lakes, but we offer free WiFi to keep school trips and groups connected.
There’s a huge variety of things to do here – from adventurous kayaking and sailing, to culture favourites like John Ruskin’s Brantwood home.
Book your YHA School Trip.
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 through YHA volunteering.
Meet the team
Manager recommends: Being open all year round, we’re ideal for spring daffodils, bluebells and Herdwick lambs, but if you want to soak up the real Cumbrian atmosphere, stay with us in October or November for spectacular autumn colours, mist on Coniston Water and snow-frosted peaks!