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YHA Hawkshead - Hostel

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YHA Hawkshead - Hostel

3 out of 5

3.8/5 Good

Guests rated this property 3.9/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Parking included
  • Restaurant
  • Kitchen
  • Breakfast available
  • Business services

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Hand sanitiser provided
  • Personal protective equipment

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationHawkshead Grammar School17 min walk
  • Popular LocationBeatrix Potter Gallery19 min walk
  • Popular LocationChurch of St Mary19 min walk
  • AirportBarrow-In-Furness (BWF-Walney Island)58 min drive

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About this area


YHA Hawkshead - Hostel is located in Ambleside. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Lake Windermere and Lake District National Park. Go Ape Grizedale and Lakes Aqaurium are also worth visiting.
Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Hawkshead Grammar School - 17 min walk
  • Beatrix Potter Gallery - 19 min walk
  • Church of St Mary - 19 min walk
  • Go Ape Grizedale - 5 min drive
  • Hill Top - 5 min drive

Getting around

  • Foxfield Station - 21 min drive
  • Durham (MME-Teesside Intl.) - 103 min drive


  • Poppi Red - 17 min walk
  • Queen's Head - 18 min walk
  • Outgate Inn - 5 min drive
  • Steam Bistro - 7 min drive
  • The Drunken Duck Inn - 8 min drive

About this property

YHA Hawkshead - Hostel

3-star hostel with restaurant and bar/lounge
A restaurant, a bar/lounge and an arcade/games room are available at this smoke-free hostel. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Additionally, a library, a garden and a picnic area are on-site. This hostel has 22 rooms. Bathrooms are shared and limited housekeeping is available.
YHA Hawkshead - Hostel offers 22 forms of accommodation. Guests can make use of the shared/communal kitchen. Guests have access to shared bathrooms. Housekeeping is provided on a limited basis.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter
Follows the regional cleaning and disinfection practices of We're Good To Go (UK)

Social distancing

Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Gives staff personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitiser provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • Free self-parking on site

Food and drink

  • Buffet breakfast available for a fee daily 7:30 AM–9:00 AM: GBP 6.75 for adults and GBP 3.50 for children
  • 1 restaurant
  • 1 bar

Things to do

  • Arcade/games room

Family friendly

  • Arcade/games room


  • Library
  • No lifts

Guest services

  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Housekeeping (limited)

Languages spoken

  • English

Business services

  • Meeting rooms


  • Garden
  • Picnic area


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Shared bathroom

Food and drink

  • Shared kitchen access

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Check-in from 5 PM - 10 PM


Check-out before 10 AM

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation
All common areas at this property are closed until further notice.
All adult guests are required to present a valid government-issued photo ID card at check-in.
The name and address on the booking must match the photo ID presented by the guest at check-in. This property does not accept name changes for existing bookings.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, access to this property’s shared kitchen and common areas may be limited pursuant to local regulations.

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)
Service animals are exempt from fees

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
Cots (infant beds) are not available

Payment types at the property

Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Fee for buffet breakfast: GBP 6.75 for adults and GBP 3.50 for children (approximately)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation
Special cancellation policies or charges may apply for group reservations (more than 8 rooms for the same property/stay dates)
This property accepts credit cards; cash is not accepted
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property; the policies listed are provided by the property
Please note that this property does not charge an additional temporary membership fee. Discounts are not available for members of YHA (England and Wales) or IYHF as part of this booking.
Towels are available for a surcharge.

National rating

This establishment has received its official star rating from VisitEngland, the National Tourist Board for England.

Property is also known as

YHA Hawkshead Hostel Ambleside
YHA Hawkshead Hostel
YHA Hawkshead Ambleside
YHA Hawkshead
Yha Hawkshead Hostel Ambleside
YHA Hawkshead - Hostel Ambleside
YHA Hawkshead - Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
YHA Hawkshead - Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Ambleside

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Rating 5 - Excellent. 8 out of 30 reviews
5 - Excellent 27%
Rating 4 - Good. 13 out of 30 reviews
4 - Good 43%
Rating 3 - Okay. 5 out of 30 reviews
3 - Okay 17%
Rating 2 - Poor. 3 out of 30 reviews
2 - Poor 10%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 1 out of 30 reviews
1 - Terrible 3%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

4/5 Good

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Highly Recommended!
An excellent and very enjoyable stay in the heart of the Lake District, with a beautiful view over Esthwaite Water. Ample free parking. Within easy reach of Hawkshead, Ambleside, Windermere, Coniston, Tarn Hows, and so much more! Staff were very welcoming and genuinely doing everything possible to ensure that you had a good stay. Only small issue was that Covid has closed down much of the communal areas, meaning that for a hostel it was particularly quiet, but this is entirely outside the control of the hostel. I would not hesitate to book again when next visiting the Lake District.
Stayed 5 nights in Sep 2020

3/5 Okay

Travelled with group
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service
The actual house of yha is beautiful. Set in lovely gardens. The room we had slept 3. Very small and cramped.
Stayed 1 night in Sep 2020

2/5 Poor

Travelled with group
Disliked: Staff & service, amenities
Check-out at 10am and check-in at 3pm is not acceptable.
Stayed 1 night in Jun 2019

4/5 Good

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Decent YHA, but people sharing room incnsiderate
Great service from staff - very friendly, welcoming, quick check in. Beds comfy as any other YHA beds. Plug sockets next to beds with USB sockets also, which makes life easier. Only downside was people coming in drunk at 12/1/2 (three separate waves) and not being courteous enough to keep quiet. There was some broken glass on the driveways the following morning though this didn't affect us as we came/left by foot.
Stayed 1 night in Jun 2019

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Beautiful Location !
Beautiful location, lovely people and excellent facility for the price we paid !
Stayed 1 night in Jun 2019