YHA Hawkshead exterior
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This hostel is part of our latest hot deals. Offer subject to availability and cannot be used with any other discount. Valid on mid-week stays at selected hostels between 5th June - 30th June 2022. Use the above promotional code at the checkout. Book via yha.org.uk before midnight 9th June 2022. YHA members can save an extra 5% with our members only code. See full terms and conditions.

Bed in a shared room from £18.00 per night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Central heating
  • Heating
  • Hot water
  • Lock on doors
  • Smoke alarm

Need to know

Check in:
From 17:00- 22:00
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 £29.00 per night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Central heating
  • En-suite rooms available
  • Heating
  • Hot water
  • Lock on doors
  • Smoke alarm

Need to know

Check in:
From 17:00- 22:00
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.
Camping & Cabins from £19.00 per night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Carbon monoxide alarm
  • Smoke alarm

Need to know

Check in:
From 17:00- 22:00
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 our tipis, premium bell tents, camping pods and cabins.
Heating:
Heating is supplied in our camping pods, premium bell tents and cabins.
Dogs:
Dogs can stay in our camping pods, cabins and tipis and bell tents. There is a £5 charge per dog per night for our camping pod, cabin, bell tent and tipi accommodation which is payable upon arrival.
Guest access:
Guests have use of the whole hostel during public opening hours.
Entire place - Main building from £0.00 per night
  • Main building

    7 bathrooms 12 bedrooms sleeps up to 72 guests

    A grand, grade II listed building in the heart of the Lake District, YHA Hawkshead Main Building is the perfect base, suitable for families, friends, and outdoor enthusiasts looking for a memorable countryside retreat.

    From £0.00 per night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Central heating
  • Cleaning basics
  • Cooking basics
  • Cot available
  • Dishes and cutlery
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Fridge
  • Garden/grounds
  • Heating
  • Highchair
  • Hot water
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Lake view
  • Lock on doors
  • Microwave
  • Mountain view
  • Outdoor seating
  • Oven
  • Pool table
  • Shower(s)
  • Smoke alarm
  • Toaster

Need to know

Check in:
From 16:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
Heating:
There is central heating throughout the property.
Bedding:
Bedding is supplied in all our rooms.
Dogs:
Hire YHA Hawkshead Main Building and bring your dogs! Add a dog to your booking at the checkout and bring your four-legged friend along with you. Dogs are not permitted in the bedrooms, on the furniture or in the kitchen, and must be kept on a lead in the grounds.
Checking in:
You will receive an email prior to your arrival with the property address and check-in instructions.
Guest access:
Guests have sole use of the main building. The seperate courtyard building may be booked by other guests who have shared use of the hostel grounds.
WiFi:
Free WiFi is available in social spaces.

Shared spaces

Kitchen and dining

The commercial-sized kitchen is located on the ground floor and includes a range of conveniences listed below.

Kitchen appliances: microwave, oven, refrigerator, toaster.

Kitchenware: dishes and cutlery, kitchen utensils, pots, pans.

Cleaning basics: anti-bacterial spray, cloths, paper towels, sponges, washing up liquid.

Located on the ground floor, there are two dining rooms which seat up to 54 people in total.

A highchair is available.

Lounge

The lounge is located on the ground floor and seats up to 14 people. There are 3 comfy sofas and 4 chairs so you can relax in the evening after a day of exploring.

There is also a games room that can seat up to 15 people with a pool table.

Bathrooms

Across the entire building there is a total of seven bathrooms.

Toilets: 7

Showers: 8

Toilet paper is provided and hand soap is available next to all sinks.

Outdoors

Outside is a large garden. The garden is enclosed with bushes.

Other guests who have booked the seperate courtyard building will have shared use of the hostel grounds.

Outdoor amenities: grass/lawn, picnic tables.

Sleeping arrangements

Across the entire building there is a total of 12 bedrooms.

First floor

Four rooms that sleep up to 8 people each. They include 4 sets of bunk beds.

Four rooms that sleep up to 6 people each. They include 3 sets of bunk beds.

Three rooms that sleep up to 4 people each. They include 2 sets of bunk beds.

One room that sleeps up to 5 people. It includes 1 set of bunk beds and a high sleeper bunk with a double bed underneath.

A cot is available.

Entire place - Courtyard from £0.00 per night
  • Courtyard

    4 bathrooms 8 bedrooms sleeps up to 30 guests

    YHA Hawkshead is a family friendly grade II listed Regency building located in the heart of one of England’s most beloved National Parks. It is an ideal base for cheap breaks with the chance to discover the Beatrix Potter country. This property offers accommodation and social spaces set around a courtyard garden.

    From £0.00 per night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Central heating
  • Cleaning basics
  • Cooking basics
  • Cot available
  • Dishes and cutlery
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Fridge
  • Grill
  • Heating
  • Highchair
  • Hot water
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Lock on doors
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor seating
  • Oven
  • Shower(s)
  • Smoke alarm
  • Toaster

Need to know

Check in:
From 16:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
Heating:
There is central heating throughout the property.
Bedding:
Bedding is supplied in all our rooms.
Dogs:
Hire YHA Hawkshead Courtyard and bring your dogs! Add a dog to your booking at the checkout and bring your four-legged friend along with you. Dogs are not permitted in the bedrooms, on the furniture or in the kitchen, and must be kept on a lead in the grounds.
Checking in:
You will receive an email prior to your arrival with the property address and check-in instructions.
Guest access:
Guests have sole use of the courtyard building, which is adjacent to staff accommodation. The seperate main building may be booked by other guests who have shared use of the hostel grounds.
WiFi:
Free WiFi is available in shared social spaces.

Shared spaces

Kitchen and dining

The kitchen is located on the ground floor and includes a range of conveniences listed below.

Kitchen appliances: grill, 2 kettles, 2 microwaves, mini fridge, 4 ovens, refrigerator, 2 toasters.

Kitchenware: dishes and cutlery for 30 people, kitchen utensils, pots, pans.

Cleaning basics: anti-bacterial spray, cloths, paper towels, sponges, tea towels, washing up liquid.

Located on the ground floor, the lounge/diner seats up to 24 people at tables. There are 3 comfy sofas and 2 armchairs in the lounge area of the room, providing seating for up to 12 people.

A highchair is available.

Bathrooms

Across the entire building there is a total of four bathrooms.

En-suite bathrooms: 2

Toilets: 4

Showers: 2

Toilet paper is provided and hand soap is available next to all sinks.

Outdoors

Outside consists of some small grounds.

Other guests who have booked the seperate main building will have shared use of the hostel grounds.

Outdoor amenities: picnic tables.

Sleeping arrangements

Across the entire building there is a total of eight bedrooms.

First floor

One en-suite room that sleeps up to 5 people. It includes 1 set of bunk beds and a high sleeper bunk with a double bed underneath.

One room that sleeps up to 5 people. It includes 1 set of bunk beds and a high sleeper bunk with a double bed underneath.

Two rooms that sleep up to 3 people each. They include 3 single beds. 

One en-suite room that sleeps up to 4 people. It includes 2 sets of bunk beds.

One room that sleeps up to 4 people. It includes 2 sets of bunk beds.

Two rooms that sleep up to 3 people each. They include a double bed with a single bunk over the top.

A cot is available.

Entire place - Main building & courtyard from £0.00 per night
  • Main building & courtyard

    11 bathrooms 20 bedrooms sleeps up to 102 guests

    Located in a tranquil surroundings, YHA Hawkshead Main Building and Courtyard offer quality and comfortable accommodation for guests to enjoy during their stay. If you're looking for a true Lake District walking holiday, these properties act as the perfect base for your break. 

    From £0.00 per night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Central heating
  • Cleaning basics
  • Cooking basics
  • Cot available
  • Dishes and cutlery
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Fridge
  • Grill
  • Heating
  • Highchair
  • Hot water
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Lock on doors
  • Microwave
  • Mini fridge
  • Outdoor seating
  • Oven
  • Pool table
  • Shower(s)
  • Smoke alarm
  • Toaster

Need to know

Check in:
From 16:00
Check out:
10:00
Heating:
There is central heating throughout both properties.
Bedding:
Bedding is supplied in all our rooms.
Dogs:
Hire YHA Hawkshead and bring your dogs! Add a dog to your booking at the checkout and bring your four-legged friend along with you. Dogs are not permitted in the bedrooms, on the furniture or in the kitchen, and must be kept on a lead in the grounds.
Checking in:
You will receive an email prior to your arrival with the property address and check-in instructions.
Guest access:
Guest have sole use of the main and courtyard buildings.
WiFi:
Free WiFi is available in shared social spaces.

Shared spaces

Main building
Kitchen and dining

The commercial-sized kitchen is located on the ground floor and includes a range of conveniences listed below.

Kitchen appliances: microwave, oven, refrigerator, toaster.

Kitchenware: dishes and cutlery, kitchen utensils, pots, pans.

Cleaning basics: anti-bacterial spray, cloths, paper towels, sponges, washing up liquid.

Located on the ground floor, there are two dining rooms which seat up to 54 people in total.

A highchair is available.

Lounge

The lounge is located on the ground floor and seats up to 14 people. There are 3 comfy sofas and 4 chairs so you can relax in the evening after a day of exploring.

There is also a games room that can seat up to 15 people with a pool table.

Bathrooms

Across the entire building there is a total of seven bathrooms.

Toilets: 7

Showers: 8

Toilet paper is provided and hand soap is available next to all sinks.

Outdoors

Outside is a large garden. The garden is enclosed with bushes.

Outdoor amenities: grass/lawn, picnic tables.

Courtyard
Kitchen and dining

The kitchen is located on the ground floor and includes a range of conveniences listed below.

Kitchen appliances: grill, 2 kettles, 2 microwaves, mini fridge, 4 ovens, refrigerator, 2 toasters.

Kitchenware: dishes and cutlery for 30 people, kitchen utensils, pots, pans.

Cleaning basics: anti-bacterial spray, cloths, paper towels, sponges, tea towels, washing up liquid.

Located on the ground floor, the lounge/diner seats up to 24 people at tables. There are 3 comfy sofas and 2 armchairs in the lounge area of the room, providing seating for up to 12 people.

A highchair is available.

Bathrooms

Across the entire building there is a total of four bathrooms.

En-suite bathrooms: 2

Toilets: 4

Showers: 2

Toilet paper is provided and hand soap is available next to all sinks.

Outdoors

Outside consists of some small grounds.

Outdoor amenities: picnic tables.

Sleeping arrangements

Main building

Across the entire building there is a total of 12 bedrooms.

First floor

Four rooms that sleep up to 8 people each. They include 4 sets of bunk beds.

Four rooms that sleep up to 6 people each. They include 3 sets of bunk beds.

Three rooms that sleep up to 4 people each. They include 2 sets of bunk beds.

One room that sleeps up to 5 people. It includes 1 set of bunk beds and a high sleeper bunk with a double bed underneath.

A cot is available.

Courtyard

Across the entire building there is a total of eight bedrooms.

First floor

One en-suite room that sleeps up to 5 people. It includes 1 set of bunk beds and a high sleeper bunk with a double bed underneath.

One room that sleeps up to 5 people. It includes 1 set of bunk beds and a high sleeper bunk with a double bed underneath.

Two rooms that sleep up to 3 people each. They include 3 single beds.

One en-suite room that sleeps up to 4 people. It includes 2 sets of bunk beds.

One room that sleeps up to 4 people. It includes 2 sets of bunk beds.

Two rooms that sleep up to 3 people each. They include a double bed with a single bunk over the top.

A cot is available.

Overview

This family friendly grade II listed building is an ideal base for cheap breaks, school trips and activity holidays in Beatrix Potter country. The hostel is great for walking and cycling, and nearby Grizedale Forest offers some of the country’s best routes if you're looking for a mountain biking holiday.

YHA Hawkshead also offers our biggest choice of Camping & Cabins - with an atmospheric village of camping pods, cabins and tipis in our grounds. Expect tranquil views, fabulous beer and plenty of Regency charm.

Why guests love YHA Hawkshead

  • Easy access to the southern fells and Lake Windermere
  • Atmospheric village of camping pods, cabins and tipis
  • Tranquil views of Esthwaite Water

Accommodation at YHA Hawkshead

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 and a reading light.

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.

Private rooms

Want some privacy? With a private room, you'll be booking the whole room for your stay.

Private rooms typically include a reading light for each bed, plus a wash hand basin.

Shared shower and toilet facilities are located near to the room.

Private en-suite rooms

For added privacy, relax with your family, friends or by yourself in a private en-suite room.

Private en-suite rooms typically include a reading light for each bed, plus shower and toilet facilities solely for the people in your room.

Cabins

Feel as cosy as can be inside a rustic cabin! Up to 5 people can sleep comfortably a double bed with a single over the top and a set of bunk beds - the walls of the cabin slope outwards for a more spacious feeling.

All bedding and heating is provided so you can relax and sleep under the stars in this wooden cabin where you'll be well protected from the elements. Guests have use all the hostel's facilities including the self-catering kitchen and lounges.

Camping pods

If you like camping, you'll love these wooden camping pods! A stay in them will includes all the fun of camping plus protection from the elements - they even have heaters.

Guests have use of all the hostel's facilities including the self-catering kitchen and lounges, plus shared shower and toilet facilities. Bedding is provided and each pod also has its own individual decking area.

Three are eight camping pods at YHA Hawkshead - the standard pod sleeps up to 2 people with two single beds and the large pod sleeps up to 4 people with a double bed and two single beds.

Premium bell tents

Our spacious bell tents are fully kitted out with a double bed and three single futons and can sleep up to 5 people with all bedding included.

There is eco-friendly solar lighting and comfy bean bags for you to chill out on during the day, plus rugs and a useful trunk for storage which you can lock with your own padlock. Premium bell tents also have the addition of a woodburner to keep you cosy. 

There is a fantastic village of 10 premium bell tents at YHA Hawkshead. Guests have use all the hostel's facilities including the self-catering kitchen and lounges, plus shared shower and toilet facilities.

Tipis

These spacious tipis are fully kitted out with bedding and can sleep up to 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 three tipis available at YHA Hawkshead. All bedding is provided and guests have use all the hostel's facilities including the self-catering kitchen and lounges, plus shared shower and toilet facilities.

Hire the Courtyard building

Planning an overdue get-together or celebrating a birthday/anniversary? Looking for a base for your group's next adventure? Make your special occasion extra special with YHA Exclusive Hire.

You can hire the whole of the Courtyard building - based in the grounds of YHA Hawskhead - and, with sole use of the property, come and go as you please. This property offers accommodation and social spaces set around a courtyard garden. It is an ideal base for cheap breaks discovering the Beatrix Potter country. Dogs are welcome too!

Hire the whole place

Planning an overdue get-together or celebrating a birthday/anniversary? Looking for a base for your group's next adventure? Make your special occasion extra special with YHA Exclusive Hire.

You can hire the whole building at YHA Hawkshead and, with sole use of the property, come and go as you please. This property is the perfect base for families, friends and outdoor enthusiasts looking for a memorable countryside retreat. Dogs are welcome too!

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Food and drink at YHA Hawkshead

YHA Hawkshead dining room

Eat with us

YHA Hawkshead is serving a range of tasty food options for you to enjoy during your visit. Fuel your adventures with a YHA classic breakfast or a lighter continental breakfast option as well as a delicious evening menu.

YHA breakfast

Breakfast menu at YHA Hawkshead

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 Evening menu

Evening menu at YHA Hawkshead

Take your pick from today’s selection of hearty classics and delicious desserts. Under 10s eat free with our special offer – see menu for details. Vegan and vegetarian options available.

Hostel facilities

  • Baby changing
  • Breakfast
  • Contactless payments
  • Cycle store
  • Dining room
  • Evening meals
  • Free parking on premises
  • Games
  • Garden/grounds
  • Group meals
  • Highchair
  • Intermittent mobile coverage
  • Lake view
  • Large garden/grounds
  • Licensed bar
  • Minibus parking on premises
  • Mountain view
  • Outdoor seating
  • Packed lunch
  • Pool table
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Shared drying room
  • Shared lounge
  • Vending machines
  • Water refill station
  • WiFi

Hostel need to know

Reception 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: There is free parking on site and an overflow car park for use during busy times.

WiFi: Free WiFi is available in shared social spaces.

Dogs: Pets are not permitted at YHA Hawkshead, except in our Camping & Cabins accommodation or when hiring the whole hostel or Courtyard through YHA Exclusive Hire. Assistance dogs are welcome - please notify us at the time of booking.

YHA Hawkshead - Access Statement

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YHA Hawkshead

Map references

OS Map: 96

OS Grid Ref: SD354966

Lat/Lng: 54.361697, -2.994753

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9321

Email: [email protected]

YHA School Trips

YHA Hawkshead is perfect for school trips wanting to take advantage of the great outdoors, or get involved with one of our biology or geography packages. This hostel offers group catering and a classroom. 

Book your YHA School Trip.

Volunteering

We are very grateful for all of the help and support that our generous volunteers give to YHA. We are proud of our “Investors in Volunteering” accreditation and have a wide range of opportunities available across the country, all of which will provide great learning or social experiences and help us to create even more opportunities for young people.

Why not come and spend some time at YHA Hawkshead to find out more about our fabulous hostels and spend some time helping us maintain our high standards of hospitality. The tasks are energetic and varied and in return you will get to meet some great people who both work and stay in our hostels as well as enjoying your time off to get out and discover the beautiful Lake District landscape.

Find out more and apply to volunteer at this hostel through YHA volunteering.

Meet the team

Manager recommends: Great for family activity breaks and some of the best cycling and mountain biking holidays that England has to offer. After an active day in the south Lakes, relax on the veranda, overlooking the expansive gardens and tranquil Esthwaite Water.

TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Award 2020 Walkers and Cyclists Welcome

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