About YHA Ambleside

Excellent location on the edge of Lake Windermere

Bolt-on activities are available

Perched on the shore of 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 Windermere, and free Wi-Fi. Educational and other groups can benefit from the use of our lounge, complete with comfy sofas.

For schools and groups looking for adventure, you’re in the right place. We can help to organise a range of outdoor activity sessions for you, through our Adventure Bolt-on activities. We work with our AALA licensed partners Carnegie Great Outdoors (CGO) to provide real, safe and thrilling experiences including ghyll scrambling, kayaking, climbing and more, in the great outdoors.

You’ll be spoilt for choice for things to do nearby, alongside watersports of all descriptions right on the doorstep, you’ll find perfect rambling and scrambling up the Langdale Pikes or Fairfield horseshoe. The bustling town centre of Ambleside is just a short walk away from the hostel, home to some great shops, Museums and cinemas, and with easy access to sightseeing cruises and Brockhole Lake District visitors centre a short drive away by car or coach, YHA Ambleside has everything nearby to ensure that your group has the best stay possible.


  • 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
  • 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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"Excellent" - 91%

Customer Satisfaction based on 437 scores

4 Stars
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.

Harlaxton College
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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

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

OS Map:90
OS Grid Ref:GR377031
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