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YHA Borrowdale

Longthwaite, Keswick, CA125XE, United Kingdom

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Temporary changes at YHA Borrowdale For the foreseeable future, the following changes will be in operation at YHA Borrowdale. We are sorry for inconvenience this has caused, we're working hard to safely open all areas of our hostels as soon as we can. Dorms are not currently available. This hostel offers private rooms with en-suite or shared toilet and shower facilities on corridors. For stays before 7th September 2020, private rooms using shared toilets and showers will be allocated a specific toilet/shower for sole-use. From the 7th September shared toilets and showers will be in operation with extra Covid-secure cleaning regimes. Camping pods, landpods and bring your own tent camping are now open at this site. Any other Camping & Cabin products remain closed. We're currently only able to offer shared toilet and shower facilities. Outdoor sinks are available, with cold running water for drinking and hot water for washing up. Bedding is provided for pre-pitched YHA Camping & Cabin products but all soft furnishings that can't be easily cleaned have been removed. Self-catering kitchen(s) remain closed. Lounge(s) remain closed. Drying room(s) remain closed. The bar will remain closed. Dining room(s) remain closed. Meeting room(s) remain closed Luggage room/store(s) remain closed. Book your stay at YHA Borrowdale in Keswick.

  • Dorm
    From $16.16
  • Private
    From $39.05
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Keswick Hostel

Hostel Keswick

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

A recommended stop on Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk, YHA Borrowdale offers fine views and a warm, informal atmosphere. Beautifully located by the River Dervent in one of the most beautiful valleys of the Lake District and makes a good base for hiking and other outdoor activities.

This large Lakeland hostel has a fabulous valley location with fine mountain scenery and a warm, informal atmosphere. High-level adventure and family-friendly walking await you and bustling Keswick is only seven miles away with its cinema, theatre, pubs and restaurants.

The hostel evening meals are freshly prepared and wines, Cumbrian ales and spirits are available. River bathing in crystal clear water during summer and cosy log fires in winter. Accommodation is in 2-6+ bedded rooms and facilities include laundry, kitchen, internet access and evening meals.


Prices are non-member prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 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.
  • 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 10 % of rates quoted 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
  • Games room
  • Garden
  • Table tennis / ping pong
  • Pool table / snooker table


  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

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

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers
  • Computer Charges - Charges Apply

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Basic Shop
  • Car Parking at Hostel
  • Car Parking at Hostel Type - Free
  • Conference Facilities
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Luggage Room
  • Luggage Room Availability - Available during hostel reception times
Opening times

Opening times

From 17:00 to 22:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. +44 345 3719624

Fax. +44 345 3719625

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Scafell Pike (1 to 2km)
  • The Coast to Coast footpath (1 to 2km)
  • The Bowder Stone (3 to 5km)

See the full list of attractions



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Avatar for Jan


Wed 17 Aug 2016

I think it is a great place to stay for those who like outdoors. There is plenty of things to do around, trekking, climbing, canoeing etc..


Avatar for Lech


Fri 16 May 2014

Wonderful spot to stay, so handy to the most beautiful walks in England.


Avatar for Elizabeth


Fri 18 Oct 2013

A great place and will stay there again if opportunity permits.


Avatar for Kenneth


Thu 26 Sep 2013

This must be one of the great hostels of the world. Certainly it is one of the two or three best in the UK. We were fortunate also to stay at another fine hostel (of a quite different sort), the Oxford Street YHA. One very small item: the trail maps that the Borrowdale hostel makes available could use updating.


Avatar for Lee


Thu 29 Aug 2013


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Distance to Cinema (5 to 10km)
  • Cycle trails (Less than 500m)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Mountainous Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Parks / Green Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (3 to 5km)
  • Distance to Swimming pool (5 to 10km)
  • Distance to Supermarket / Food store (5 to 10km)
  • Theatre (5 to 10km)
  • Wooded Area (Less than 500m)
Getting to us

Getting to us

130km from Newcastle Airport. 190km from Manchester Airport.
11km from Keswick national coaches. 300m from #79 Keswick.
130km from Newcastle. 210km from Stranraer.
Parking available at the hostel.
40km from Workington and Penrith stations.

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