YHA Ambleside is on the edge of Lake Windermere, host to a variety of water sports and overlooking the nearby Langdale Pikes.

The Ambleside hostel has a modern bar and restaurant serving good food and local ales. Book a stay soon and be sure to take advantage of the highlight of the renovation work – the decked terrace overlooking Lake Windermere. Bike hire is available at the hostel.

Ambleside is fast becoming the adventure capital of Cumbria, right in the heart of the Lake District. It’s perfect for walking, water sports, mountain biking and other outdoor activities. The hostel boasts a commanding location on the shores of Lake Windermere with breath-taking views over the lake, the Langdale Pikes and surrounding mountains. Buy tickets for cruises and Mountain Goat tours from reception. The village has plenty of shops and two cinemas.

What travellers think

Best for

  • Nature-lovers
  • Sports & Activities
  • Sightseeing
  • Relaxing

Green rating



The scenery is absolutely beautiful. It is located in front of the lake and pier to take ship is next door; it is in good location. The dorm is clean and comfortable. The food is nice and I enjoyed my stay. I would like to come again.


Avatar for Shingo


Wed 16 Sep 2015

Hostel seemed to be run down, for example, paint was chipping off the walls throughout the hostel. Room keys were old fashioned, and did not lock themselves. Also, all the security doors throughout the world hostel meant to keep the place secure were not even utilised. Lastly, and most importantly, there were not enough lockers to secure belongings for everyone in the rooms. Pretty bad considering foreign travellers need to secure their passports. Disappointing when compared to other YHAs.


Avatar for Dominic


Thu 02 Jul 2015