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Places to stay in Cumbria

Cumbria is famously home to the Lake District, which covers one-third of the county. A vast, scenic expanse of fells and lakes that has been inspiring poets and artists for generations, it's one of Britain's top tourist destinations and a particular favourite with hikers looking for a new challenge.

The county also has a wealth of Roman remains, mills, castles and forts that bring history to life for children and adults alike. Add to this, lovely towns like Carlisle, Kendal and Whitehaven to explore, and there are plenty of reasons for families to spend time in Cumbria.

Hostels in Cumbria
Hostels in Cumbria

YHA has a long-standing presence in Cumbria and we're particularly proud of our offering in the Lake District. As well as the many hostels we operate in the National Park, we offer top-quality accommodation in Carlisle, Dufton and Arnside, ensuring visitors have comfortable and affordable lodgings wherever they go.


Five Free Things To Do In Cumbria

The Lakes
Ullswater, Windemere, Rydal Water and Bassenthwaite are just a few of the National Park's dozens of lakes. Visit the places that inspired Wordsworth, Coleridge and Southey.

Honister Slate Mine
England's last working slate mine, this is a fun and educational day out with a free visitor centre and factory trail, where you can learn all about the mine's 900-year history.

The Dock Museum
Find out how Barrow-in-Furness grew from a tiny hamlet to a world centre of shipbuilding at this museum built within a dry dock. There are also exciting displays of Viking treasure.

Brockhole Visitor Centre
The ideal place to find out all about the Lake District, with beautiful gardens, free exhibitions and great activities for kids.

Guildhall Museum
Set in a Grade I Listed Building, this free museum in Carlisle houses collections of art, natural sciences and local history dating back 10,000 years.

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