YHA Windermere exterior
Bed in a single gender shared dorm
Private room
Camping and cabins


Overlooking England’s largest natural lake, YHA Windermere offers the chance to stay in an idyllic countryside setting only 2 miles from Windermere. The hostel is an ideal base for anyone wanting to escape the crowds, and perfect for activity breaks and family holidays, whilst children will love the large wooded grounds.

Relax with a drink on the terrace and enjoy good quality food from our restaurant and bar. We're now home to some colourful new tipis too, so you can wake up enjoying panoramic views of the lake and mountains.

Why guests love YHA Windermere

  • Stunning panoramic views of the lake and mountains
  • Superb camping and cabins options
  • Great base for exploring the Lake District

Accommodation at YHA Windermere

The hostel

We have 69 beds in total, and most of our rooms are 4 bedded rooms. The hostel is situated in 4 acres of grounds, and has a bar/restaurant and lounge area for guests to enjoy relaxing in.


Get all the fun of camping but without any of the set up stresses with these beautiful tipis - part of the YHA Glamping experience. These spacious tipis are fully kitted out with bedding and can sleep four people on mattresses. They have a wooden floor which is partly carpeted and a lockable coffee table chest which you can store you 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 four tipis available at YHA Windermere and they are available to book throughout the year for stays between Easter and the end of October. Tipi guests have use of an external toilet and shower block and self-catering kitchens.

Bell tents

There are four standard Bell Tents at YHA Windermere, available to book for stays between June and October. These tents include flooring, beds, and basic furniture, plus bedding, and sleep four or five people. 


Camping is available from £5 per person per night. 

Come and sleep under the stars and wake up to the best view in the Lake District. Our campsite is situated on an adjacent field with breath-taking views of Lake Windermere and the surrounding fells. Alternatively we have limited space at the edge of our gorgeous wooded grounds for those looking for a more secluded experience. Camping is available throughout the year.

All facilities in the Youth Hostel are open to all campers with 24 hour access via a door code. We also have toilet and shower facilities for campers.

There is plenty of parking available - please use the main car park or lower car park.


Food and drink at YHA Windermere

YHA Windermere bar

Eat with us

At YHA we pride ourselves on delivering a broad selection of delicious food at affordable prices, alongside a range of freshly made hot drinks and a well-stocked bar. Let us welcome you to rest your legs and indulge your senses after the day’s adventure.


Breakfast at YHA Windermere

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we want to make sure you get off to a great start so we provide a full hot and cold breakfast buffet. Cold meats, cheeses, fresh fruit and yogurt are on offer for the health conscious or light eaters and, for the hungrier amongst you, a full English breakfast. Vegan and vegetarian options also available. Breakfast is served from 7.30 – 9am and you can get up to 15% off breakfast as part of your online booking.

Supper Club

Supper club at YHA Windermere

Join our nightly Supper Club. Share stories and experiences with your fellow travellers while tucking into a delicious two-course meal. This is the authentic hostel experience! Don't forget, you can now save up to 15% when you add meals to your online booking.

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  • Cot available
  • Cycle store
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden / grounds


  • Drying room
  • Laundry


  • Board games
  • Library/Quiet room

Accommodation options

  • Camping and Cabins

Food & drink

  • Dining room
  • Group catering available

Need to know

Check in: 15.00 - 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. Bedding is supplied.

Parking: A good amount of car parking is available at the hostel with an overflow car park for busy times.

Pets: Dogs can stay on our campsite and in our tipis. There is a £5 charge per dog per night for our tipi accommodation which is payable upon arrival. You can bring your dog for free if you are camping in your own tent. Pets are not permitted in the hostel accommodation at YHA Windermere however, assistance dogs are welcome throughout, please advise upon booking.

Wi-Fi: Free wi-fi is available in social spaces.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served from 7.30am til 9am.

YHA Windermere - Access Statement

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YHA Windermere

Map references

OS Map: 90

OS Grid Ref: NY405013

Lat/Lng: 54.403862, -2.917495

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9352

Email: [email protected]

YHA Exclusive Hire

Invite all your family and friends along to YHA Windermere and hire the whole place to yourself. To do so please visit our YHA Exclusive Hire website.

YHA School Trips

YHA Windermere offers educational geography packages in association with the Field Studies Council. There are also a range of action and adventure activities to be enjoyed in the surrounding area to provide an activity break to your educational visit. The hostel provides group catering and has classroom facilities. 

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.

Volunteering is a great way to meet people, visit new places, gain experiences and have fun. Full details of all of our various volunteering programmes can be found on theVolunteering website.

At YHA Windermere we offer the following volunteering opportunities subject to availability:

Please contact [email protected] or call 01629 592562 for more information.


The existing Building at High Cross has been a Youth Hostel for over 75 years. Thought to be one of the first buildings in the country to be made of concrete, it was built in the late 1920s and opened as a Youth Hostel in 1935.

Originally intended as a private guesthouse for clergy, the present building replaced an earlier wooden building on the same site that was dramatically destroyed by fire in 1915. The owner, vowing that this would never happen again, designed his second house as a more sturdy construction of solid concrete. Known until recently as High Cross Castle, the building derives its name from a stone cross in the grounds.

Meet the team

Andy Partridge is the manager at YHA Windermere: "I have been working for YHA for about 10 years, worked at various sites and managed 4 hostels. I love what I do and I believe this shows in the way our hostel is run. YHA Windermere is a beautiful hostel, it is a tranquil, conformable and relaxing place to be. I love running, walking and exploring the amazing National Park."

Manager recommends: Windermere is the gateway to one of the most iconic valleys in the Lake District: Langdale. Both Great Langdale and Little Langdale offer amazing walks, climbing, mountain biking, picnic spots and great pubs. A full day linking the two valleys is highly recommended, taking in Blea Tarn and finishing in Elterwater.

Walkers and cyclists welcome Trip Advisor

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