Best Ambleside hostels

Top tips for finding the perfect Ambleside hostel

  • Hostels in Ambleside encompass the greater Lake District area, which includes the towns of Grasmere, Hawkshead, Elterwater, and others. There is little public transportation in this area, but there are two main roads: the B5285/6 that travels from Hawkshead and merges with the main highway, and the A591 at Ambleside; so, a car will be necessary to get around. Besides the various lakes (e.g., Windermere, Grasmere), there is Lake District National Park and Armitt Museum and Library within reach.
  • Located at the northern end of Lake Windermere, YHA Ambleside boasts 249 beds, most of them dormitory-style accommodations (some of which have en-suite bathrooms) and with private rooms spread over three floors (no elevator); in addition, there is a large yard and parking available at the property. Lake Windemere Pier is within walking distance from this location, and there is a park and public forest in the area (i.e., Borrans Park and Skelghyll Woods), while The Lakeside and the Waterhead Coffee Shop are among the places to grab a bite nearby.
  • YHA Hawkshead, meanwhile, is a hostel in Ambleside located a few miles south of the town of Hawkshead, close to the bank of Esthwaite Water. Beatrix Potter Gallery is a short walk away, as is the YHA Hawkshead campsite; the North Fen National Nature Reserve is a few minutes away by car. Lodgings at this renovated mansion feature several dormitory-style rooms with shared bathrooms for female guests only, and if you’re looking for a good place to eat, try the Queens Head Inn & Restaurant.
  • Cheap accommodations can be found at YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe Hostel, a lodging just a few miles north of the Ambleside town center. Grasmere Garden Village and Butharlyp Howe (a small mountain) are very close, with Lake Grasmere a couple of miles away by car via the B5287 South. Rooms at this hostel in Ambleside are either dorm style or private, and there is also a campsite if you would prefer that. For food, you can choose from among several eateries, such as Lewis’s Bistro and Lucia’s Takeaway Coffee Shop.

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