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YHA Buttermere

Cockermouth, King George VI Memorial Hostel, Buttermere, CA139XA, United Kingdom

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Temporary changes at YHA Buttermere For the foreseeable future, the following changes will be in operation at YHA Buttermere. 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. 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. The bar will remain closed. Dining room(s) remain closed. Meeting room(s) remain closed YHA Buttermere is a lovely, rural retreat in an unrivalled location overlooking Buttermere Lake and Crummock Water.

  • Private
    From $81.38
10 or more people?

Buttermere Hostel

Hostel Buttermere

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

YHA Buttermere is a busy and friendly Lakeland slate house in an unrivalled location above the village – ideal for families and walkers. Haystacks is just one of the many fantastic peaks easily accessible from this hostel’s doorstep.

Enjoy a fantastic meal in our bar/restaurant with views of Red Pike and High Stile. Rooms have 2-6 beds and facilities include a lounge and kitchen.

We offer an escape from summer crowds for anyone wanting to explore this quieter corner of Lakeland. YHA Buttermere is in an unrivalled location half a mile above Buttermere village and walks for all levels start here – including the famous Haystacks.


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.
  • 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.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Garden


  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

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

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Car Parking at Hostel
  • Car Parking at Hostel Type - Free
  • Car parking nearby
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

From 17:00 to 22:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. +44 345 3719508

Fax. +44 345 3719509

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Haystacks, Wainwright's favourite fell (3 to 5km)
  • Honister Slate Mine & Via Ferrata (5 to 10km)
  • Whinlatter Mountain Bike Trails (More than 10km)

See the full list of attractions



Fabulous Staff, Barry is Gentleman very helpful and kind. Hostel facilities are amazing. Location is stunning. Picturesque England at its best.


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Sat 15 Jun 2019

We like to thank the staff who alerted us of the flooded road near Derwent Lake where we were heading next. She came out in the heavy rain to our car just when we were about to drive off. The Cumbria flood never subsided by end of that day.




Wed 18 Oct 2017

Un ostello in mezzo alle valli e a pochi passi dai laghi (il più bello è proprio di fronte). Consigliatissimo per chi sceglie le escursioni a piedi.


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De Dominicis,

Tue 22 Aug 2017

Great that hostel building open during the day


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Sat 09 Aug 2014

One of the cleanest hostels that I've stayed in.


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Tue 03 Dec 2013


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Cycle trails (More than 10km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (Less than 500m)
  • Mountainous Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • National / State Park (At or next to the hostel)
  • Parks / Green Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Restaurants (Less than 500m)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (Less than 500m)
  • Shopping area / Mall (More than 10km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (More than 10km)
  • Wooded Area (500m - 1km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

Newcastle 97 miles Leeds-Bradford 115 miles Manchester 132 miles Liverpool 139 mile.
Stagecoach bus 77/A from Keswick Bus Station. Runs from Easter until late October only.
Heysham 78 miles Newcastle 103 miles Troon 142 miles Cairnryan 153 miles Hull 177 miles.
Parking available at the hostel.
Workington 18 miles for local Cumbrian Coast Line Penrith 26 miles for West Coast Main Line service

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