About YHA Ambleside

Excellent location on the edge of Lake Windermere

Perched on the edge of Lake Windermere, with views out across stunning mountain vistas, YHA Ambleside offers an unforgettable location for a Lake District getaway. This well-equipped hostel is perfect for activity breaks with walking, watersports and climbing nearby. Alternatively, discover the rich literature of the Lakes with a visit to Beatrix Potter or William Wordsworth’s home.

YHA Ambleside hostel offers modern facilities, stylish social areas, a decked area overlooking Lake Windermere, and free Wi-Fi. Educational groups can benefit from a multi-functional room that can be used as a lounge (complete with comfy sofas) or as a classroom with extra facilities like a projector and flipchart. Plus, the hostel is right next door to Ambleside Pier and we have our own jetty and slipway too!

If you’re a Key stage 2 or above group looking for adventure, you’re in the right place. We can help to organise a range of outdoor activities and educational sessions for you. Through our Adventure Bolt-on we work with our AALA licensed partners Carnegie Great Outdoors (CGO) to provide real, safe and thrilling experiences including ghyll scrambling, kayaking and climbing, in the great outdoors. Our Field Studies bolt-on sees us working with our friends at the Field Studies Council (FSC) to provide exam board specification fieldwork. All of the activities are run by highly trained and experienced FSC staff who offer bespoke sessions that are set to inspire a love of the subject for life.

You’ll be spoilt for choice for things to do nearby, with watersports of all descriptions right on the doorstep. If you’re a walking group, the Langdale Pikes or Fairfield horseshoe are perfect for a day of rambling. Lake Windermere is literally on the doorstep, offering cruises and study tours on the water. And the bustling town center of Ambleside is just a short walk away from the hostel, home to some great shops, restaurants and cinemas.


  • Free Wi-Fi in communal areas
  • Laundry
  • Drying room
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ambulant accessible
  • Board games
  • Communal TV
  • Cycle store
  • Garden/grounds
  • Lounge
  • Luggage store
  • Dining room
  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Car parking
  • Good public transport links
  • Nearby parking
  • Classroom(s)
  • Corridor zoning
  • Meeting Rooms & Corporate Hire

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Excellent value food options are also available for lunch and dinner at this hostel.

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Visit England accredited

Learning Outside the Classroom

YHA is at the top of the class for educational visits. We have been awarded a
Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Award at 74 of our Youth Hostels
across England and Wales.

For more information about the Learning Outside the Classroom Awards,
please visit the Learning Outside the Classroom website.

LOtC Awarded

YHA Ambleside has been given the LOtC award.

LOtC Award


YHA Ambleside

YHA was wonderful in providing us with accommodation and assisting us with activities and information. The hostel was beautiful and the breakfast was very good. The staff were always very helpful and willing to answer all of our questions.

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Optional Bolt-on activities at YHA Ambleside

Perfect for groups looking to fill free time, our bolt-on activities can easily be added on to your YHA stay.  Available as half-day and full-day options, we offer an exciting range of activities that are designed to entertain and engage pupils of all ages and abilities.

YHA Ambleside

Field Studies Bolt-on

YHA is working with the Peak District National Park (PDNP) in the Peaks to provide exam board spec geography and ecology fieldwork activities for groups staying at our hostels in two of our stunning National Parks.

The FSC and PDNP staff running your course are all highly trained and experienced in teaching field studies to all ages and abilities. With knowledge and experience to bespoke the activities your exam board they aim to develop fieldwork skills and techniques that will inspire the love of the subject for life.


All the activities are in the real outdoors and locations are chosen based on the most appropriate landscape features and flora and fauna for your requirements. Once booked you’ll be contacted by our partners who will discuss any specific requirements you may have.

The most popular topics are listed below:

  • Hydrology
  • Impact of tourism
  • Glaciation
  • River studies
  • Adaptations
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YHA Ambleside

Adventure Bolt-on

The British countryside offers a near-endless number of opportunities to explore, discover new things and try unusual activities. From fell walking in the Lake District to canoeing in the Peak District or climbing and abseiling in Wales. Every outdoor activity you can think of - and many you can't - is catered for somewhere.

Working with our approved AALA licenced partners they provide real, safe and thrilling experiences out in the great outdoors. We can offer a range of adventurous activities at numerous hostels on a half-day and full-day basis so you can really make your residential trip suit you.


All out activities are in the real outdoors, so vary depending on the location. Once booked you’ll be contacted by our partners who will discuss any specific requirements you may have.

Our most popular activities are listed below:

  • Climbing
  • Abseiling
  • Raft building
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Ghyll Scramble
  • Mountain Walk
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54.41917, -2.961813

YHA Ambleside

Waterhead, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0EU
OS Map:90
OS Grid Ref:GR377031
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