YHA Ilam Hall

Ilam Hall, Ilam, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2AZ


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.

Why Groups love YHA Ilam Hall

"Excellent" - 93%

Customer satisfaction based on 215 scores

Bed and breakfast, per person, per night* (ex VAT)
Number of beds: 126

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 Ilam Hall

Discovery package

Suitable for ages 7-13

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.


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

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Multi-Activity package

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.


  • Abseiling
  • Archery
  • Bushcraft
  • Canoeing
  • Caving
  • Outdoor climbing
  • Raft building
  • Team challenges
  • Village Trail
  • Weaseling

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YHA Ilam Hall does not currently offer packages.

Bolt-ons available at YHA Ilam Hall

Field Studies 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 study
  • Peak District Challenge
  • Village studies

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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.


  • Archery
  • Firelighting
  • Go create
  • Guided walk
  • Shelter building
  • Team challenges

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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.


  • Abseiling
  • Archery
  • Bushcraft
  • Climbing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain walk
  • Raft building

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YHA Ilam Hall 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



  • Laundry
  • Drying room
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • En-suite rooms available
  • Ambulant accessible
  • Board games
  • Communal TV
  • Cycle store
  • Games room
  • Garden/grounds
  • Lounge
  • Weddings


  • Car parking
  • Coach parking
  • Minibus parking

Food & drink:

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

Teaching facilities:

  • Classroom(s)
  • Corridor zoning
  • Meeting Rooms & Corporate Hire

How to get here

Ilam Hall, Ilam, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2AZ

By car and coach:
Ilam is situated six miles from Ashbourne. From Ilam Village centre, enter National Trust Country Park and follow the driveway. Parking is free for National Trust members, all other guests can purchase a discounted parking ticket from reception.

OS Map: 119
OS Grid Ref: SK131506
Latitude: 53.053087
Longitude: -1.805223
YHA Ilam Hall