YHA Ilam Hall exterior
Bed in a shared room from £15.00 per night

Amenities

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

Need to know

Check in:
From 15:00 - 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.
WiFi:
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.
Private room from £29.00 per night

Amenities

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

Need to know

Check in:
From 15:00 - 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.
WiFi:
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.

Overview

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

Bed in a shared room

If you're happy to share, dorm rooms have multiple beds - ideal for budget breaks.

Private rooms

Like your own space? Private rooms offer the hostelling experience with more privacy.

Private en-suite rooms

Enjoy your own space with a private en-suite room, including bathroom facilities.

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Food and drink at YHA Ilam Hall

YHA Ilam Hall dining room

Eat with us

YHA Ilam Hall is serving a range of tasty breakfast options for you to enjoy during your visit. Fuel your adventures with a classic YHA breakfast and continental options to choose from as well as a delicious evening menu.

YHA Breakfast

Breakfast menu at YHA Ilam Hall

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 Fish and chips

Evening menu at YHA Ilam Hall

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

  • 24-hour access
  • Breakfast
  • Classroom(s)
  • Coach parking on premises
  • Contactless payments
  • Corridor zoning
  • Cycle store
  • Dining room
  • Evening meals
  • Games
  • Group meals
  • Highchair
  • Licensed bar
  • Meeting rooms
  • Minibus parking on premises
  • No mobile coverage
  • No WiFi
  • Packed lunch
  • Paid parking on premises
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Shared drying room
  • Shared lounge
  • Shared TV
  • Sole use
  • Vending machines
  • Water refill station
  • Wheelchair accessible

Hostel need to know

Reception hours: From 07:30 - 22:00.

Food and drink: Breakfast is served to guests from 07:30 – 09:00 on weekdays and 07:30 – 10:00 at weekends. Meals are also available from 17:00 – 20:00.

Self-catering: Guests have access to a self-catering kitchen.

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

WiFi: 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.

Dogs: Pets are not permitted at YHA Ilam Hall. Assistance dogs are welcome - please notify us at the time of booking.

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 up to 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

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

History

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 servants' quarters that remain.

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