Ambleside Backpackers, bed and breakfast and Self catering Lake District hostel accommodation.

Check out all our rates – they ALL include breakfast and wifi.

Sorry, going to start with something you might think a little negative, but its important you know about it!

We have introduced a 1.00am lockout this year, so the 0.01%, ‘like to be out late and come back noisy’ types please find some where else to stay; so the 99.99% can get a good sleep before another exhilarating day in the glorious Lake District National Park.
Might as well get all the bad stuff out of the way at the start -the hostel is closed between 10.30 and 14.30 while we are cleaning and doing maintenance unless you are quite ill or the weather is really really bad.


Lake district hostels

Explore the beautiful Lake District from our conveniently located and comfortable Lake District hostel. We offer affordable, clean and comfortable accommodation for fell walkers, backpackers,cyclists, mountain bikers and travelers interested in exploring and having fun the Lake District, all at very reasonable rates. Conveniently located just four minutes from the center of Ambleside, our hostel is the perfect base from which to explore the region. Enjoy the Lake District’s finest scenery and attractions from our location at the north end of Lake Windermere in ‘Cumbria’.

We offer accommodation for single travelers, groups, family’s and large groups. Contact us for more information on our vacancies or to book the entire hostel for your group trip or event.

From our hostel, you can easily access several of the Lake District’s famous lakes and fells on foot. Fit cyclists will be able to reach many of the region’s most well known attractions during a day’s circular ride. View of Waterhead  

Our Rooms and Facilities

Our rooms are designed and furnished for the optimum combination of comfort and affordability. Relax and enjoy a deep night’s sleep in our quiet and comfortable two-bed, four-bed, six-bed, 7-bed, 8-bed and 10-bed dormitory rooms. We can accommodate 57 people in comfort (for a hostel) in this hostel in the Lake-District. Dormitories are divided into male, female and mixed rooms for your comfort and privacy. All of our rooms are heated and fitted with high quality carpet, underlay, most have wash basins for a convenient, comfortable experience. Any of the rooms can be booked for private use.

Cooking facilities

Our building also includes full cooking facilities for you to use if you want to mornings from 0730 – 10.00 and afternoons through to 22.30hrs, so that you can enjoy the food you love even while away from home. Lockers, bike storage, laundry and drying rooms and a free Wi-Fi connection are also provided.


Book Your Room Now

  Contact us today to book directly and secure the lowest possible rates. Enjoy one of the Lake District’s most conveniently located and comfortable hostels during your next trip to this stunning part of the country.


(use the google translate button at the top) or click ‘Chinese (simplified), ‘Japanese, ‘Thai, ‘S’ , ‘D‘ Outdoor Activities The hostel is a good base for outdoor activities of all types, we get youth groups, D of E award groups, mountain leader training groups, educational groups, university field trips, senior school parties, university outings and international study groups. You can set aside small rooms for professor, teacher, leader accommodation and or coach drivers. There is free PSV parking near the hostel and parking for up to 3 mini busses in the hostel car park.

Educational trips

Although not good for large schools we can accommodate student groups of up to 30 students in comfort (relative term), the dining room can then be used for briefings and lectures. Particularly in the autumn and spring seasons hiring the hostel as a 38 bed whole hostel booking may well suit small specialist student, youth or outdoor studies groups. We do not supply or cater for evening meals or packed lunches here -however there are outside catering firms and purveyors of packed lunch and take away food who will be pleased to give you prices for supplying you during your stay. If only one or two nights, how about a hog roast?


Field trip accommodation

We often have students doing a long summer field study staying here. We need to know and agree in advance long stays -and please if you are studying geology – no more that 20 kg of rock samples per student stored in the dorms please!

Bunk houses and camping barns.

Bit like hotels in reverse – bunk houses and camping barns are quite close to hostel accommodation in many ways. There are always choices to be made about where to stay, we have tried to outline some similarities or differences – if you follow the links.

Cheap Bed and breakfast?

Enjoy our delicious daily self-serve breakfast before you head out for the famous fells and walking trails of the Lake District. We serve a selection of cereals, toast, preserves and tea and coffee for you to chose from every morning for your enjoyment. So yes it is cheap B&B, you get a bed to sleep in and a perfectly normal light self serve breakfast to go with it. There is also tea and coffee (fair trade) morning and evening while the kitchen is open.

Cheap Hotels?

Did you search for cheap hotels and ended up here – well do not leave just yet. – have a look at what we have to offer, you may find that Ambleside Backpackers is a viable alternative to a cheap hotel! Just so you know the difference – its mainly about meals and beds – we do not do evening meals, which hotels do, but there is plenty of choice of places to eat in Ambelside, but all our beds are bunk beds, which hotels do not normally do. With many restaurants and places to eat within just 10 minutes walk, and there is plenty of choice on price and menu just down the road. Not a hotel but probably a very good alternative to many budget hotels around the county of Cumbria -and we are right in the hearty of “The Lakes”.

Budget self catering holiday let.

As this building was (still is really) a very large house, it is also a good option as a very large holiday let. There is a every thing you normally get in a holiday cottage except luxury bedrooms and facilities. Fantastic lounge, large dining room, commercial style kitchen for massive catering needs and 10 / 11 bedrooms with 57 beds. Having been a self catering holiday let user most of my life, I would say this is better than a lot we have stayed in! (but I am biased)

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