YHA Ambleside

Waterhead, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0EU


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

Excellent location on the edge of Lake Windermere

Bolt-on activities are available

"Excellent" - 91%

Customer satisfaction based on 437 scores

Bed and breakfast, per person, per night* (ex VAT)
Number of beds: 230

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.

Find out more about Learning Outside the Classroom.

LOtC Awarded


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Packages available at YHA Ambleside

YHA Ambleside does not currently offer packages.

Bolt-ons available at 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 our 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.


  • Abseiling
  • Canoeing
  • Climbing
  • Ghyll scramble
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain walk
  • Raft building

Prices from


per person (ex VAT)

YHA Ambleside does not currently offer bolt-ons.

Personal service

Smaller venues offering a personable service.

Self-led options

Amazing bases for self-led options

Organised packages

Organised residential packages available 

Flexible approach

Totally flexible approach to your residential


A genuine sense of place and location

Experiential learning

Experiential learning opportunities

LOtC accredited sites

70+ LOtC accredited sites

Teachers participation

Teachers encouraged to participate in all activities, helping to enhance teacher-pupil relations



  • Free Wi-Fi in communal areas
  • Drying room
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ambulant accessible
  • Board games
  • Communal TV
  • Garden/grounds
  • Lounge
  • Luggage store


  • Car parking
  • Nearby parking

Food & drink:

  • Dining room
  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen

Teaching facilities:

  • Corridor zoning

How to get here

Waterhead, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0EU

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.

OS Map: 90
OS Grid Ref: GR377031
Latitude: 54.41917
Longitude: -2.961813
YHA Ambleside