YHA Ilam Hall exterior
Bed in a single gender shared dorm
Private room


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This 17th Century gothic manor sits in 84 acres of National Trust parkland, with the beauty of Dovedale just on its doorstep. The beautiful youth hostel is full of character and nestled near the quaint village of Ilam.

A 25 minute walk from Ilam Park, the Dovedale Stepping Stones have remained a huge draw for Peak District day-trippers since they were laid in the mid-19th century. You'll also encounter some of England’s most extraordinary limestone gorge scenery. For a different thrill, the hostel is just 15 minutes from Alton Towers.

Why guests love YHA Ilam Hall

  • 17th Century gothic manor in National Trust parkland
  • Near to the Dovedale stepping stones
  • Perfect for family holidays and activity breaks

Accommodation at YHA Ilam Hall

The hostel

Dorms are not currently available. 

YHA Ilam Hall comprises 25 rooms with a total of 118 beds. We cater for all, with our private en-suite rooms, disabled access rooms and our more traditional dormitory style rooms. Our rooms all have modern beds with integrated reading lamps and plug sockets and are a mixture of bunk beds and double beds. You will find plenty of space to store your stuff too! Washing facilities are provided in every room. Do not worry if you do not book an en-suite, our clean and modern shared bathroom facilities are a maximum of 10 steps from your room door - we have counted!

At YHA Ilam Hall we have comfy communal lounge areas, a games room, a bar and reception area with ample seating for guests to enjoy. Our main dining room can seat up to 80 people and we have got beautiful grounds outside to explore. We also have a self-catering kitchen.


Food and drink at YHA Ilam Hall

YHA Ilam Hall dining room

Eat with us

YHA Ilam Hall is serving a range of tasty food options, including breakfast baps, hot plated breakfasts, and an all day menu, for you to enjoy during your visit. A takeaway service is also available.

Plated breakfast

Breakfast menu at YHA Ilam Hall

We want to make sure you start your day right, so we are now serving a delicious range of hot plated breakfast options and breakfast baps. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

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All day menu

All day menu at YHA Ilam Hall

Choose from our tasty all day menu with burgers, stone-baked pizzas, salads and many more delicious meals to satisfy your taste buds. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

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  • Ambulant accessible
  • Classroom
  • Cot available
  • Cycle store
  • Garden / grounds
  • Wheelchair accessible


  • Drying room
  • Laundry
  • Lounge


  • Board games
  • Games room
  • Library/Quiet room
  • TV

Accommodation options

  • Private rooms available
  • En suite rooms available

Food & drink

  • Dining room
  • Group catering available
  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen

Transportation & parking

  • Parking

Other YHA products

  • Trade bookings
  • Weddings
  • YHA School Trips

Need to know

Closed facilities: The following facilities are temporarily closed at this hostel due to COVID-19 safety measures - laundry room(s).

Reception times: From 07:00 - 22:00

Check in: From 17:00 - 22:00

Check out: Before 10:00

Open every day?: Yes

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

Parking: Parking is free for National Trust members. All other guests can purchase a discounted parking ticket from reception.

Dogs: Pets are not permitted at YHA Ilam Hall. Assistance dogs are welcome.

WiFi and mobile phone signal: There is no WiFi available at YHA Ilam Hall and no phone signal within the building, so indulge in a digital detox during your stay. If you do need to make a call, signal can be found in some places outside and there is a payphone available if needed.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served daily from 07:30 - 09:00.

YHA Ilam Hall - Access Statement

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YHA Ilam Hall

Map references

OS Map: 119

OS Grid Ref: SK131506

Lat/Lng: 53.053087, -1.805223

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9023

Email: [email protected]

Meeting rooms

At YHA Ilam Hall we have two meeting rooms available for hire.

Capacity: Room 1 can accommodate up to 40 delegates and room 2 30 delegates, depending on seating configuration.
Available equipment: Projector, flipchart, pens, extension leads
Parking: Parking is free for National Trust members. All other guests can purchase a discounted parking ticket from reception.
WiFi: WiFi is available in the classroom or the games room.
Accessibility: There is step-free access to two of the meeting rooms. One is located close to reception and the other can be accessed via a platform lift. The closest accessible WC is located just off the reception lobby. Unfortunately the last meeting room can only be accessed via stairs. For more information please see our access statement.
Air conditioning: There is no air conditioning in this meeting room. Fans and heaters are available.

Meeting rooms available from: £59


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 Ilam Hall has a varied history. It was originally built in the 15th Century by the Sir John Port family. After many years in the family, due to finical difficulties the manor and all its land were sold.

In the 17th century it was the home of the Russell-Watts family. Under their ownership the building was completely re-designed by architect John Shaw and rebuilt in its current gothic style. Not only did the family transform the manor, they also moved and re-modelled Ilam village. They built new houses for the villagers and a local school. Controversially, they also re-directed the road that used to run in front of the manor, crossing the river at St Betrams Bridge.

In the early 1930s, ownership came into the hands of Mr Backhouse. The entrepreneur transformed the building to be used as a hotel and pleasure grounds. Unfortunately, the business failed and again the manor was sold, this time to a demolition company. After a few years, most of the elegant rooms and ornate parts of the building had been demolished; the building was saved and restored by Robert McDougal and John Cadbury.

In 1932, the reaming 84 acres of land and the manor were donated to the National Trust with the agreement the building was to be used as a youth hostel. The Ilam Hall you now see is only a third of its original size and it is mostly the servant’s quarters that remain.

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Manager recommends: YHA Ilam Hall's lovely grounds stretch to 84 acres of country park on the banks of the River Manifold - great for activity breaks or school trips. Don't miss the short walk from the hostel to the famous Stepping Stones in Dovedale, with interesting caves to explore if you're on a cheap family break; or outdoor games, woodland wanders and riverside walks make a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. Walking holidays in the Peak District wouldn't be complete without a stroll through this beautiful landscape. And, with Alton Towers being so close to your accommodation, there's fun for thrill-seekers and families on the doorstep.

TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award 2020 Walkers and Cyclists Welcome Top Rated 2016 LOtC Quality Badge

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