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Bed in a single gender shared dorm
Private room


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In recognition that this business has confirmed that they have followed government and industry Covid-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.

A magical place to stay – this sprawling Victorian mansion is steeped in history and perched above its own three tier arboretum that’s managed by the National Trust. Its labyrinthine corridors and ornate grandeur captivate most guests.

YHA Langdale’s enviable location is unmatched, with stunning views of the Langdale Pikes, Loughrigg Fell and rolling views all the way down to Lake Windermere and Bowness. This is a hostel from which the central fells can be explored and enjoyed immediately upon stepping out through the front door.

Why guests love YHA Langdale

  • Steeped in history
  • Stunning views of the local Lakeland area
  • Arboretum within the grounds

Accommodation at YHA Langdale

The hostel

YHA Langdale has 106 beds in a selection of dorm beds and private rooms, suitable for families and individuals. The grand social areas and corridors make this a building, which guests will fall in love with. Look out for our atmospheric Great Hall, opulent lounge, and spacious dining areas to relax in after a day’s adventures. The hostel has excellent self-catering facilities where you can cook up your own storm.

The hostel has a veranda which wraps around the entire front of the building and overlooks the top and bottom lawns of the hostel.

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. Check availability for Exclusive Hire.




  • Ambulant accessible
  • Basic food shop
  • Classroom
  • Cot available
  • Cycle store
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden / grounds


  • Drying room
  • Laundry
  • Lounge


  • Board games
  • Games room
  • Library/Quiet room

Accommodation options

  • Private rooms available

Food & drink

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

Transportation & parking

  • Parking

Other YHA products

  • Meeting Rooms & Corporate Hire
  • Trade bookings
  • YHA Exclusive Hire
  • 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), bar area(s).

Check in : From 17:00 - 23:00

Check out: Before 10:00

Open every day?: From 18th March to 31st October, YHA Langdale is open during weekends and school holidays for families and individual travellers. From Monday to Thursday the hostel is open for group bookings. From 1st November until 17th March, YHA Langdale is open for group bookings and YHA Exclusive Hire only.

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

Parking: Free parking on-site

Pets: Pets are not permitted at YHA Langdale. Assistance dogs are welcome.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served from 7.30 til 9am

YHA Langdale - Access Statement

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YHA Langdale

Map references

OS Map: 90

OS Grid Ref: NY338052

Lat/Lng: 54.43857, -3.02148

Contact information

Phone: +44 (0)345 3719748

Email: [email protected]

YHA Exclusive Hire

Invite all your family and friends along to this gorgeous Victorian mansion and hire the whole property for yourself. To do so, please visit our YHA Exclusive Hire website. Open for bookings from the autumn half term to the Easter holidays.

YHA School Trips

YHA Langdale is a fantastic destination for school groups, with spacious grounds that include a Victorian arboretum. There are opportunities for studies in biology and geography as well as outdoor activities. With space for up to 106 people, classroom facilities and group catering available, this hostel is well equipped for school trips. 

Visit the YHA School Trips website for more information. 


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


Originally a small hamlet of cottages that worked as hill farms, High Close then became the property of the Benson family who were fullers – there is evidence of a fulling mill in Low Wood, a reservoir, sluice, bracken kilns and a service road in the immediate vicinity of the property. The years 1792 to 1802 saw the first extension to the original farmhouse before it being sold to Edward Balme Wheatley Balme in 1857 who presided over a major refurbishment and expansion starting in 1866 and finishing in 1876.

Upon the death of the last Wheatley Balme resident of High Close, commissioners of the Inland Revenue directed that High Close should become the property of the National Trust who subsequently leased it to YHA on the 1st of January 1954. Since then the building has been adapted and altered to meet the accommodation needs of its residents but it still maintains a magical charm that it skillfully weaves around its guests with its incredibly warm and inviting atmosphere and sense of history.

Walkers and cyclists welcome Trip Advisor 2020 Travellers' Choice Award Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge

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