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Enjoy panoramic views of the lake and mountains from one of the most spectacularly situated YHA's in England. Overlooking England’s largest natural lake, YHA Windermere offers the chance to stay in an idyllic countryside setting only 2miles from Windermere and its many attractions. An ideal base for anyone wanting to escape the crowds and perfect for activity breaks and family holidays – children love the large wooded grounds with trails and wildlife.

Relax with a drink on the terrace and enjoy good quality food from our newly refurbished restaurant and bar. We're now home to some colourful new tipis too, so you can wake up overlooking the fells!

FREE WI-FI available in communal areas for guests!

The Hostel

We have 69 beds in total, and most of our rooms are 4 bedded rooms. The hostel is situated in 4 acres of grounds, and has a bar/restaurant and lounge area for guests to enjoy relaxing in.


Get all the fun of camping but without any of the set up stresses with these beautiful tipis - part of the YHA Glamping experience. These spacious tipis are fully kitted out with bedding and can sleep four people on mattresses. They have a wooden floor which is partly carpeted and a lockable coffee table chest which you can store you belongings. There's also eco-friendly solar lighting and two comfy waterproof bean bags for you to chill out on during the day. This cosy glamping option is perfect for those who love camping but not roughing it.

There are four tipis available at YHA Windermere and they are available to book throughout the year for stays between Easter and the end of October. Tipi guests have use of an external toilet and shower block and self-catering kitchens.


Come and sleep under the stars and wake up to the best view in the Lake District. Our campsite is situated on an adjacent field with breath-taking views of Lake Windermere and the surrounding fells. Alternatively we have limited space at the edge of our gorgeous wooded grounds for those looking for a more secluded experience. Camping is available throughout the year.

All facilities in the Youth Hostel are open to all campers with 24 hour access via a door code. We also have toilet and shower facilities for campers.

There is plenty of parking available - please use the main car park or lower car park.

Check In
Check in is any time after 3pm. Please see a member of staff before setting up your tent.

Opening Times
Reception is open 7am - 10.30am and 3pm - 11pm
Prices from £10 for adults and £5 for under 18s.


Breakfast is served from 7:30 until 9am at YHA Windermere, so fill up on our tasty hot and cold buffet options. You'll find all your Full English favourites along with tea, fruit juice, toast and cereal options. 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.

Evening Meals

Why not join us for dinner or drinks in our lakeside view restaurant? From local delicacies to traditional favourites, our set three course menu is refreshed daily and home-cooked by our experienced catering teams. Our restaurant is open to the public as well as guests so why not pop in and join us for something delicious?

Kids Eat Free

One free children's meal is available per adult main meal from the main menu when purchased at the same time. This offer is not available on breakfast.


Our hostel is fully licensed, so enjoy a cold bottled beer or a glass of wine as you dine al fresco. You can't beat our fantastic view of the lake!

Self-Catering Facilities

Want to cook for yourself or your family? We have everything you need, including two fridges, two ovens with twelve hobs, a microwave, kettle and toaster, plus all the pots, pans and cutlery you could want.

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