YHA Windermere exterior
Bed in a shared room from £13.00/night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Central heating
  • Cot available
  • Heating
  • Hot water
  • Lock on doors
  • Lockers
  • Smoke alarm

Need to know

Check in:
From 17:00 - 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.
Private room from £59.00/night

Amenities

  • Beach view
  • Central heating
  • Cot available
  • Disabled access rooms available
  • Heating
  • Hot water
  • Lock on doors
  • Smoke alarm

Need to know

Check in:
From 17:00 - 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.
Camping & Cabins from £15.00/night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Carbon monoxide alarm
  • Cot available
  • Dog-friendly
  • Smoke alarm

Need to know

Check in:
From 17:00 - 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 our Airsteams, bell tents, Landpods and tipis.
Heating:
Heating is supplied in our Airstreams and tipis.
Dogs:
Dogs can stay on our campsite and in our Landpods and 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.
Guest access:
Guests have use of the whole hostel during public opening hours.
Entire place - Whole hostel from £199.00/night
  • Whole hostel

    9 bathrooms 16 bedrooms sleeps up to 50 guests

    YHA Windermere is one of YHA's most breathtaking Exclusive Hire properties. The hostel has original features including grand fireplaces and incredible views over the surrounding area. The perfect spot to get away from it all.

    From £199.00/night

Amenities

  • BBQ area
  • Bed linen
  • Carbon monoxide alarm
  • Central heating
  • Cleaning basics
  • Clothes airer
  • Cooking basics
  • Cot available
  • Disabled access rooms available
  • Dishes and cutlery
  • Dryer
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Fridge
  • Garden/grounds
  • Grill
  • Heating
  • Highchair
  • Hot water
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Lake view
  • Laptop-friendly workspace
  • Lock on doors
  • Microwave
  • Mountain view
  • Outdoor seating
  • Oven
  • Shower(s)
  • Smoke alarm
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Washing machine
  • Wheelchair accessible

Need to know

Check in:
From 16:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
Heating:
There is central heating throughout the property.
Bedding:
Bedding is supplied in all our rooms.
Dogs:
Hire YHA Windermere - Tipis and bring your dogs! Add a dog to your booking at the checkout and bring your four-legged friend along with you. Dogs are not permitted in the bedrooms, on the furniture, or in the kitchen, and must be kept on a lead in the grounds.
Checking in:
You will receive an email prior to your arrival with the property address and check-in instructions.
Guest access:
Guests have use of the whole property, except the bar and restaurant areas. The hostel manager lives onsite in a separate building within the hostel grounds. There may also by other guests staying in Camping & Cabins accommodation - these are situated in a separate area of the grounds with their own facilities.
WiFi :
Free WiFi us available in shared social spaces.

Shared spaces

Kitchen and dining

The kitchen is located on the ground floor and includes a range of conveniences listed below.

Kitchen appliances: clothes airer, grill, kettle, 2 microwaves, 2 ovens, refrigerator, stove, toaster, tumble dryer, washing machine.

Kitchenware: dishes and cutlery for 30 people (available for up to 50 on request), kitchen utensils, pots, pans.

Cleaning basics: anti-bacterial spray, sponges, washing up liquid.

Located on the ground floor, the dining room seats up to 50 people.

A highchair is available.

Lounge

The lounge is located on the ground floor and seats up to 20 people. There are comfy seats, books, board games and vending machines.

Bathrooms

Across the entire building there is a total of nine bathrooms.

Toilets: 9

Showers: 9

Toilet paper is provided and hand soap is available next to all sinks.

Outdoors

Outside is an extra-large garden.

The garden is not enclosed.

Guests have full access to the garden.

Outdoor amenities: BBQ area, benches, cycle store, grass/lawn, patio, picnic tables.

Sleeping arrangements

Across the entire building there is a total of 16 bedrooms.

Ground floor

Two rooms that sleep up to 4 people each. They include 2 sets of bunk beds.

One room that sleeps up to 2 people. It includes 1 set of bunk beds.

First floor

One room that sleeps up to 8 people. It includes 4 sets of bunk beds.

One en-suite room that sleeps up to 8 people. It includes 4 sets of bunk beds.This room has disabled access.

One room that sleeps up to 6 people. It includes 3 sets of bunk beds.

One room that sleeps up to 5 people. It includes 1 set of bunk beds and a high sleeper bunk with a double bed underneath.

Six rooms that sleep up to 4 people each. They include 2 sets of bunk beds.

One room that sleeps up to 3 people. It includes 1 set of bunk beds and a single bed.

Two rooms that sleep up to 2 people each. They include 1 set of bunk beds.

A cot is available.

Overview

Good to Go England

COVID-19 industry standard

In Partnership with The National Tourist Organisation of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

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.

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

Bed in a shared room

Dorms are not currently available. 

Dorm rooms have multiple beds, are typically more affordable than private rooms, and shared with other people who may not be travelling together. A typical shared room includes bunk beds, a reading light and a storage cupboard for each guest, secured by a padlock if required.

Children aged between 12 and 15 can stay in dorm rooms as long as an adult of the same gender accompanies them.

Some dorms may be en-suites, meaning that they have a bathroom in the room that you would be sharing with the other people in your dorm.

Private rooms

Don't fancy sharing a room? Private rooms typically include a storage cupboard for each bed, secured by a padlock if required, a reading light and a wash hand basin. Shared shower and toilet facilities are located near to the room.

Airstream

If you like glamping, then you will love an Airstream! This unique holiday experience has all the fun of sleeping under the stars but without the set-up stress. Plus you are protected from all the elements that England and Wales can bring. The Airsteam comfortably sleeps two people in a double bed with bedding, heating and USB charging points included for your comfort.

The Airstream is also equipped with a table and two chairs – perfect for dining al fresco in the warmer months. You are welcome to use hostel facilities including showers, toilets and self-catering kitchen during your stay.

Guests have year-round access to 2 shower shacks and 2 toilet shacks, where you can freshen up after a sleeping under the stars.

Please note that the Airstream interior and furnishings may differ from those pictured.

Bell tents

Fully kitted out with a double futon bed and three single futons plus all bedding, these tents can sleep four/five people. They also have eco-friendly solar lighting and comfy bean bags for you to chill out on during the day plus bedside tables, a coffee table, rugs and soft flooring. All bell tents include a BBQ fire pit.

There are four bell tents at YHA Windermere, available to book for stays between May and September. 

Guests have year-round access to 2 shower shacks and 2 toilet shacks, where you can freshen up after a sleeping under the stars.

Camping

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.

Facilities
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.

Guests have year-round access to 2 shower shacks and 2 toilet shacks, where you can freshen up after a sleeping under the stars.

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

Landpods

Like camping but with a few added extras? These Landpods are the perfect alternative for sleeping under the stars. The Landpods sleep up to four people, on two double mattresses and a single futon mattress, which doubles up as the seating area. With LED lighting, these pods include all beds and 15 tog duvets. The Landpods do not have heating, so are more suited to the those who like a traditional camping experience, even in the colder months- it’s nothing a couple of warm, cosy blankets can’t fix!  There is a bench and BBQ firepit outside so, make the most of the great outdoors and dine al fresco.

All guests have full access to all of the hostel facilities, including the self-catering kitchen and bathrooms, so you can cook delicious meals, or freshen up after your night sleeping under the stars.

Tipis

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 April and the end of October. Tipi guests have use of an external toilet and shower block and self-catering kitchens.

Guests have year-round access to 2 shower shacks and 2 toilet shacks, where you can freshen up after a sleeping under the stars.

Hire the whole hostel

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.

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Food and drink at YHA Windermere

YHA Windermere lounge area

Eat with us

YHA Windermere is serving a range of tasty food options, including breakfast baps, and a pizza and Supper Club menu, for you to enjoy during your visit. A takeaway service is also available.

Breakfast baps

Breakfast baps 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 are now serving delicious breakfast baps. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

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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! 

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Hostel facilities

  • BBQ area
  • Breakfast
  • Contactless payments
  • Cycle store
  • Dining room
  • Evening meals
  • Extra-large garden/grounds
  • Free parking on premises
  • Games
  • Garden/grounds
  • Group meals
  • Highchair
  • Intermittent mobile coverage
  • Lake view
  • Licensed bar
  • Luggage store
  • Minibus parking on premises
  • Mountain view
  • Outdoor seating
  • Packed lunch
  • Restaurant
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Shared drying room
  • Shared laundry room
  • Shared lounge
  • Shared TV
  • Sole use
  • Vending machines
  • Water refill station
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • WiFi

Hostel need to know

Check in: YHA Windermere is open for bookings all year round.

Hostel opening hours: YHA Windermere is open to the public from Monday - Sunday, 08:00 - 22:00.

Reception hours: From 8:00 - 10:00 and 17:00 - 22:00.

Restaurant opening hours: YHA Windermere's restaurant is open from Monday - Sunday, 17:00 - 20:00. Breakfast is served daily from 07:30 - 09:00.

Parking: There is parking at the hostel.

WiFi: Free WiFi is available in shared social spaces.

Dogs: Dogs can stay on our campsite and in our Landpods and tipis. There is a £5 charge per dog per night for our Landpod and 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. Assistance dogs are welcome throughout.

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 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. Book your YHA School Trip.

Volunteering

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 the volunteering website.

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

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

History

The existing building at High Cross has been a 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 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 four 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.

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