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YHA Ambleside - Waterhead

Lake Rd, Ambleside, LA22OEU, United Kingdom

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Overall Rating 89%

From 2 Reviews

Hostel rating (2)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 93%
Cleanliness 80%
Location 100%
Security 87%
Service 93%
Comfort 80%
Green rating 93%

A supremely stylish hostel in the heart of the Lake District offering great quality accommodation with unspoilt views over Lake Windermere.

  • Dorm
    From $38.27
  • Private
    From $62.51
10 or more people?

Ambleside Hostel

Hostel Ambleside

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

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.


Prices are non-member prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Children under the age of 16 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories
  • Children under the age of 18 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Children under the age of 17 qualify for a discount on the advertised price at check-in.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are not members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association
  • A discount of GBP 1.50 (under 18) / GBP 3 (18+) per person per night is available to members on arrival.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Garden
  • TV room
  • Terrace / patio


  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Licenced Bar/Pub
  • BBQ
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Restaurant onsite

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Charges Apply
  • Wifi - Free
  • Internet Cafe Nearby

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Car Parking at Hostel - Free
  • Car parking nearby
  • Conference Facilities
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available - In Room
  • Smoking Area
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

Open 24 hours

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. +44-15394-32304

Fax. +44-15394-34408

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Windermere Lake Cruises (At or next to the hostel)
  • Lake District Visitor Centre - Brockhole (2 to 3km)
  • Beatrix Potter Experience (5 to 10km)

See the full list of attractions



We had a great stay. Friendly staff and a nice room. We had a nice view toward the lake. Besides, the breakfast was of good quality.


Avatar for Levi


Fri 03 Aug 2018

Thanks Levi, glad you enjoyed your stay

Manager avatar

YHA Ambleside - Watterhead Hostel,

Sun 05 Aug 2018

Beautiful view,friendly and helpful staff! Well equipped members kitchen. Room 223 needs light by the sink/mirror ! Very dark corner,loft light doesn’t reach it. Would have loved the windows to open more, I realize it is for security, must it be possible to prevent people from entering the roof somehow.The combined dining/sitting room have some nice chairs and sofas but it is not cosy! A few pictures on the walls and some green plants would have made it more homely and not so “institutionalized”.


Avatar for Lis


Fri 27 Jul 2018

Thanks for the review Lis, it's always particularly good to hear about or friendly and helpful staff. I will pass on your comments about the lighting in 223 to our maintenance manager to see if there is anything he can do about that. The windows don't open any further for safety rather than security reasons. With the number of children we have staying here we have restricted their opening to prevent falls

Manager avatar

YHA Ambleside - Watterhead Hostel,

Sun 29 Jul 2018

Excellent staff that we very helpful and attentive. Great common area and shared library. Breakfast was awesome.


Avatar for Timothy


Tue 15 Nov 2016

Thank you. It's always particularly gratifying to read positive comments about our staff

Manager avatar

YHA Ambleside - Watterhead Hostel,

Thu 17 Nov 2016

Location great, view fabulous, size of rooms- tiny, room heating poor, self-caterers have second class facilities - poky dining room whilst others have an expansive lake view, and what's with giving smokers the best seat in the house? Put them down a dark alleyway not blowing smoke over all your arrivals. Won't be ataying here again.


Avatar for Elizabeth


Sat 12 Nov 2016

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We take it all seriously, good and bad. The self catering kitchen is at the back of the hostel (something has to be!) as is the small dining room, but guests are welcome to take their food into the larger dining room at the front if they want too. Unfortunately we don't have a dark alley to put them down, so we have to have the smokers somewhere. I'm sorry to see you won't be staying with us again, but not every hostel suits every person I guess, and having a big network like ours means you should find something more to your taste

Manager avatar

YHA Ambleside - Watterhead Hostel,

Mon 14 Nov 2016

clean bed,nice kitchen,wonderful experience


Avatar for FA JUNG


Mon 20 Jun 2016

What more could you want from a hostel stay? Thanks for the review

Manager avatar

YHA Ambleside - Watterhead Hostel,

Wed 22 Jun 2016


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Cinema (1 to 2km)
  • Cycle trails (1 to 2km)
  • Golf course (5 to 10km)
  • Gym (3 to 5km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (Less than 500m)
  • Mountainous Area (Less than 500m)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (1 to 2km)
  • National / State Park (At or next to the hostel)
  • Nightlife (1 to 2km)
  • Parks / Green Area (Less than 500m)
  • Restaurants (Less than 500m)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (At or next to the hostel)
  • Shopping area / Mall (1 to 2km)
  • Swimming pool (More than 10km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (1 to 2km)
  • Theatre (More than 10km)
  • Wooded Area (Less than 500m)
Getting to us

Getting to us

150km Manchester Airport 150km Newcastle upon Tyne Airport
100m Stagecoach 555/599
230km Stranraer (Ferries to Ireland)
Parking at hostel
5km Windermere (via Oxenholme) - British Rail

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