Take in the scenic views and gardens down to the shores of Windermere. Browse the shop and have a treat in the cafe.
Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9HJ
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 Youth Hostel from which the central fells can be explored and enjoyed immediately upon stepping out through the front door.
Why guests love YHA Langdale
Accommodation at YHA Langdale
A mixture of dormitory accommodation and private rooms for families and individuals in this large Victorian-style mansion. 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.
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. You can check availability for Exclusive Hire on our dedicated website, or use our live chat service for more information.
- Ambulant accessible
- Basic food shop
- Cot available
- Cycle store
- Free wi-fi
- Garden / grounds
- Drying room
- Board games
- Games room
- Library/Quiet room
- Private rooms available
Food & drink
- BBQ area
- Dining room
- Group catering available
- Licensed bar
- Meals available
- Self-catering kitchen
Transportation & parking
Other YHA products
- Meeting Rooms & Corporate Hire
- Trade bookings
- YHA Exclusive Hire
- YHA School Trips
Need to know
Check in : 15.00 - 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 - 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.
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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.
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 Langdale 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 Distict landscape. Full details of all of our various volunteering programmes can be found on the Volunteering website.
At YHA Langdale we offer the following volunteering opportunities subject to availability:
Please contact [email protected] or call 01629 592562 for more information.
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 – 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.