About YHA Ilam Hall

Packages and bolt-ons available here

Spellbinding Gothic manor house

Whether you’re walking in Dovedale Valley or visiting top Peak District attractions, this huge Gothic manor is a spellbinding place to stay. Boasting sprawling grounds and plenty of outdoor space YHA Ilam Hall makes a fabulous base for schools and groups. There’s everything to keep you comfortable, with over half of our rooms ensuite, two lounges, a spacious dining room, a classroom, a fantastic games room, free W-Fi, and friendly social areas.  The hostel accommodation can be split into 3 sections so each group can have their own key card entry, private corridor area on request.

We can provide a range of activities for school groups as part of our new Discovery package, which includes evening activities. Alternatively for groups planning on leading their own residential experience our activities can be added on to your stay as either a half or full day bolt on. We are also able to offer Geography focused activities, delivered by Education Rangers from the Peak District National Park, as a half or full day bolt on options. So, whether you want to challenge your students with orienteering, focus on team building activities, measure endurance on a hike up Thorpe Cloud, hunt for mini-beasts, learn more about the wonders of the Peak District or simply grab an ice cream and visit the famous Dovedale stepping stones, there’s a ton to do at YHA Ilam Hall.

If you feel the need to add another layer of excitement this hostel also makes a great base for visiting Alton Towers or other attractions in the Peak District such as Carsington Water, great for learning all about the water cycle, or having a go at a range of watersport activities.

For social and non-education groups, YHA Ilam Hall offers an enchanting location with stunning views, classic walks and easy access to cycling routes such as the Tissington or Manifold Trail. Our meeting room makes a great conference facility while our multi-purpose games room and lounge can be opened up to one large formal space, perfect for a range of events. Group catering is available for all groups and we also have a licensed bar and a range of hot drinks and snack, for an easy way to relax and unwind after a long day. 


  • Laundry
  • Drying room
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • En-suite rooms available
  • Ambulant accessible
  • Board games
  • Communal TV
  • Cycle store
  • Games room
  • Garden/grounds
  • Lounge
  • Weddings
  • Dining room
  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Car parking
  • Coach parking
  • Minibus 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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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.

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YHA Ilam Hall has been given the LOtC award.

LOtC Award


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Packages available at this hostel

Discovery Ilam Hall

Discovery package

Suitable for ages 7-13

Prices from


per person per night*


Flexible programme of fun and challenges

Designed to enable teachers to create their own stay, our Discovery package offers a flexible programme of fun, challenging and memorable experiences that can be tailored to support the educational needs of your group. Great for building team work and communication skills.


  • Orienteering
  • Team challenges
  • Egg rockets
  • Go create
  • Minibeast and habitat building
  • History trail
  • Guided walk
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Multi-Activity package

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Designed to challenge and engage students through practical PE based activity our Multi-Activity package offers a mixture of adventurous and on-site activities that make the most of the great outdoors and the hostel locality, whilst offering something for all abilities.

Activities include

  • Abseiling
  • Archery
  • Abseiling
  • Bush craft
  • Team challenges
  • Caving
  • Canoeing
  • Outdoor climbing
  • Raft building
  • Weaselling
  • Village Trail
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Optional Bolt-on activities at YHA Ilam Hall

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.

Ilam Hall Field Study

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per person per night*


Field Study bolt-on

Available for KS2

Working with the PDNP in the Peaks, this bolt-on provides a half, or full day of activities that are delivered in the real outdoors. Locations are chosen based on the most appropriate landscape features and flora and fauna for your requirements


  • Art in the Park
  • Dales Discovery
  • Inspired by the wild
  • Mountain environment
  • Peak District Challenge
  • Village Study
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Ilam Hall YHA bolt-on

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YHA bolt-on

Activities delivered by trained and experienced staff

Available at all the hostels that offer YHA packages, this bolt-on offers challenging problem solving and team building activities delivered by our very own trained and experienced staff. Activities are run on hostel grounds, meaning you don’t need to travel anywhere.


  • Team challenges
  • Shelter building
  • Archery
  • Guided walk
  • Fire lighting
  • Go create
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Adventure Bolt-on

The British countryside offers a near-endless number of opportunities to explore, discover new things and try unusual activities.

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 on a half-day and full-day basis so you can really make your residential trip suit you.


All our activities are in the real outdoors. 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
  • Bush craft
  • Raft building
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Archery
  • Mountain Walk

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YHA Ilam Hall

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