YHA Buttermere is set in an unrivalled position, overlooking the lake and surrounded by some of the highest mountains in England. There are fantastic walks to suit all abilities direct from the door, including Haystacks, made famous by Alfred Wainwright. Buttermere and Crummock Water offer gentle family walks around their shores with plenty to discover and, for the more adventurous, there is great wild swimming potential. Buttermere also offers great cycling routes, gentle rides out towards the Loweswater Fells or over some of the area's steepest passes.
YHA Buttermere has dorm beds, private rooms and camping.
FREE WI-FI available in communal areas for guests!
YHA Buttermere has 70 beds and offers a selection of dorm beds and private rooms as well as camping platforms. The Youth Hostel is a former Victorian slate hotel and is a perfect get away for families wanting a peaceful rural break. We like to think of our hostel as cosy, warm and relaxing, great after a day on the fells. We have a spacious lounge with comfortable furniture, a large dining room with tables, chairs and a bar, and a self-catering kitchen.
Set in wooded grounds, we offer camping on our four wooden platforms. Each camping platform is 3m x 2.5m and is ideally suited to a backpacking type of tent.
Campers have access to all of the Youth Hostel facilities including the self-catering kitchen, cafe-bar, restaurant, drying room and laundry, with 24 hour access provided via a door code when reception is closed.
Parking is available in the main car park, just next to the camping area.
The Youth Hostel reception is available from 5pm for check in.
The campsite is open over the summer holidays and selected weekends throughout the year.
Hire the Whole Place
This hostel is occasionally made available for hire on an exclusive basis. This means that you can have the place to yourself and choose how many of your friends, family, club mates, etc., join you. We allocate availability for exclusive use in blocks, typically up to 90 days in the future. If you are looking for space to stay with us on a normal shared basis, and can’t see any availability three months or more into the future, then this hostel may be being held for Exclusive Hire. You can check availability for Exclusive Hire on our dedicated website, or use our live chat service for more information.
Make sure you start your day with one of our delicious hot and cold buffet breakfasts! Breakfast is now available at 10% off - ONLY WHEN PRE-BOOKED (in-hostel price: £5.25). Simply add it to your basket at check out to save!
We can provide a packed lunch including a freshly prepared sandwich, a delicious cake, cereal bar, a bottle of mineral water, a packet of crisps and a piece of fresh fruit. Eat in the hostel or take your packed lunch with you to enjoy during your day of exploring.
This hostel offers the YHA Supper Club menu. This is a three course meal served at a set time and sold at a set price. Guests in the Youth Hostel will have the opportunity to all sit around the table together and share stories with their fellow travellers - this is the authentic hostelling experience! Supper Club is served at 7pm. Our restaurant has superb views of Red Pike and High Stile.
Kids Eat Free
One free children's meal is avaialable per adult main meal from the main menu when purchased at the same time. This offer is not available on breakfast.
Local ales and wines are available as well as home cooked meals.
Our self-catering kitchen makes the best use of the space available with appliances and storage and preparation space. There is plenty of crockery, glassware, cutlery, pots and pans - everything you need to cook a delicious hostel feast.