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.
Why Groups love YHA Ambleside
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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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How to get here
By car and coach: Take the M6 junction 36, follow A591 via Windermere to Waterhead. The hostel is one mile south of Ambleside town.
By train: Alight at Windermere. Directly outside of the train station, take the 555 bus and alight at the Waterhead Hotel. The hostel is located on the waterfront to the left of the pier.
By bus: Alight at the Waterhead Hotel. The hostel is located on the waterfront to the left of the pier.