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YHA Hawkshead
YHA Hawkshead
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Interior view, YHA Hawkshead in Ambleside
Interior view, YHA Hawkshead in Ambleside
a green and white tent sitting in a grassy area, YHA Hawkshead in Ambleside
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8.9

Excellent

30 reviews

30 reviews

Breakfast2
Housekeeping2
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8.5

Excellent

Location rating score

Excellent location
Parking
FREE
Nearby landmarks
Hawkshead Grammar School 1.4 km
The Fitzwilliam Gallery 1.4 km
The Cocoa Bean Company 1.4 km
Wray Castle 4.5 km
Galava Roman Fort Ambleside 7.2 km
Old Bank House Chocolate 7.6 km
Ye Olde Friars 8.0 km
Ambleside Cowhides and Sheepskins 8.2 km
RockShop 8.2 km
Golden Rule 8.3 km

YHA Hawkshead

Hawkshead, Hawkshead, Ambleside, United Kingdom, LA22 0QD - See map

Get your trip off to a great start with a stay at this property, which offers car park free of charge. Conveniently situated in the Hawkshead part of Ambleside, this property puts you close to attractions and interesting dining options. This 3-star property features restaurant to make your stay more indulgent and memorable.

Highlights

Sparkling clean

Top Value

Bar

Garden

Hiking

Hygiene Plus

This property has self-selected and self-certified the following hygiene measures.Learn more
Safety Features
Staff trained in safety protocol
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Preventative Equipment
Hand sanitizer
Health and Medical
First aid kit
Important announcement -- "Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, certain public facilities and areas may be closed in accordance with government directives. Please contact the property for more information."

Facilities

Car park

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Game room

Bar

Restaurants

Wi-Fi in public areas

Family room

Smoking area

Value for money9.1
Location rating8.5

Rooms available at YHA Hawkshead

Bunk Bed in Male Dormitory Room
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  • Room size: 2 m²/22 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 bunk bed
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Bunk Bed in Female Dormitory Room
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  • Room size: 2 m²/22 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 bunk bed
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Dormitory Room with Shared Bathroom (6 Adults)
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  • Room size: 5 m²/54 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 3 bunk beds
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Quadruple Room with Shared Bathroom
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  • Room size: 3 m²/32 ft²
  • Shower
  • 2 bunk beds
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Triple Room with Shared Bathroom
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  • Room size: 3 m²/32 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 single bed and 1 bunk bed
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Pod Cabin (2 Adults)
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  • Room size: 6 m²/65 ft²
  • 2 futons
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Pod Cabin (3 Adults & 1 Child)
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  • Room size: 5 m²/54 ft²
  • Shared bathroom
  • 2 double beds
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Pod Cabin (2 Adults and 2 Children)
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  • Room size: 6 m²/65 ft²
  • 2 single beds and 1 double ...
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Pod Cabin with 2 Single Beds
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  • Room size: 5 m²/54 ft²
  • Shared bathroom
  • 2 single beds
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Premium Bell Tent
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  • Room size: 7 m²/75 ft²
  • Outdoor view
  • 1 double bed and 3 futons
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at YHA Hawkshead?

Check-in is from 05:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee.

How do I get to YHA Hawkshead?

For those who wish to drive their own cars, YHA Hawkshead has a car park right on site for maximum convenience. Parking is free for guests.

Is breakfast offered at YHA Hawkshead?

Start your mornings right, with the continental and buffet breakfast options offered at YHA Hawkshead. Adults can enjoy breakfast offered with an additional charge of 7 GBP if not included in the room rate. You may save on breakfast costs with Agoda by booking a room with breakfast, which is often included for less than buying it at the hostel.

What is the smoking policy at YHA Hawkshead?

YHA Hawkshead does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

What restaurants are nearby YHA Hawkshead?

Restaurants including Queen's Head Restaurant, Grandy Nook and The Old Cobblers are popular in YHA Hawkshead’s neighborhood which is known as Hawkshead.

What popular shopping places are close to YHA Hawkshead?

Located in the Hawkshead area, YHA Hawkshead is close to great shopping choices like The Cocoa Bean Company.

What are popular attractions near YHA Hawkshead?

Guests at YHA Hawkshead can easily visit Hawkshead Grammar School located in the Hawkshead area.

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What people love about YHA Hawkshead

  • 9.2

    Exceptional

    "Great place to stay."

    Lee

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    September 10, 2022

  • 9.2

    Exceptional
    Staff 

    "Staff amicable"

    Hassan

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    October 27, 2019

  • 10

    Exceptional

    "Very nice area and good facilities."

    Jessica

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    September 24, 2019

Property ranking|Compared to 358 Ambleside properties
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Value for money score
9.1/10
Service score
9.2/10
Cleanliness score
9.1/10
Location score
8.5/10
Better than
98
%
of Ambleside properties
Better than
98
%
of Ambleside properties
Better than
98
%
of Ambleside properties
Better than
96
%
of Ambleside properties
Overall rating:

8.9

Excellent
30 reviews
Cleanliness
9.1
Facilities
8.5
Location
8.5
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More about YHA Hawkshead

More about YHA Hawkshead

YHA Hawkshead

At YHA Hawkshead, the excellent service and superior facilities make for an unforgettable stay. Free internet access provided within the hostel keeps you connected throughout your stay. For guests arriving by car, parking is provided free of charge. For health reasons, smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the hostel.
For guests who would like to smoke, the designated smoking areas are available.
All rooms at YHA Hawkshead are designed and decorated to make guests feel right at home. Enjoy your stay even more at the hostel, knowing that some selected rooms include linen service.


Dining and things to do

Each morning you can start the day with a delicious in-house breakfast offered at YHA Hawkshead. A number of great dining options at the hostel assures that you'll always have convenient and delicious choices. A great night out couldn't be easier! Enjoy a fun evening without traveling outside at the bar. Are you a great cook? Make your own meals in-house at the hostel's shared kitchen.
Enjoy the countless activities offered at YHA Hawkshead. Challenge your travel group members or other guests to competitive fun, with the hostel's hiking trails. Family time on relaxed evenings is easy with the hostel's library and games room.


Reasons to stay here

Find rooms here that are cheaper than 99% of all other options in the city.
Find incredible value for money here, which is ranked better than 98% of the city's accommodation.
Guests who stayed here found it to be neat and tidy, scoring it above 98% of other accommodations in the city.

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Amenities and facilities

Excellent
Facilities

8.5

Most talked about facilities

Food & Dining

1 mention

Breakfast

1 mention

Housekeeping

1 mention

Languages spoken
  • English
Internet access
  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  • Internet services
  • Wi-Fi in public areas
Things to do, ways to relax
  • Billiards
  • Game room
  • Garden
  • Hiking
  • Outdoor recreational features
Cleanliness and safety
  • Anti-viral cleaning products
  • Cashless payment service
  • Daily disinfection in all rooms
  • Daily disinfection in common areas
  • Face coverings on staff
  • First aid kit
  • Guest rooms seal after sanitization
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hot water linen and laundry washing
  • Hygiene certification
  • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
  • Protective screens in common areas
  • Rooms sanitized between stays
  • Sanitized kitchen and tableware items
  • Shared stationery removed
  • Staff trained in safety protocol
  • Temperature check for guests and staff
Dining, drinking, and snacking
  • Alternative meal arrangement
  • Bar
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurants
  • Shared kitchen
Services and conveniences
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Elevator
  • Library
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • Smoke-free property
  • Smoking area
  • Terrace
For the kids
  • Family room
Access
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pets allowed
Getting around
  • Car park [free of charge]
  • Car park [on-site]
Available in all rooms
  • Carpeting
  • Free bottled water
  • Heating
  • Linens
  • Mirror
  • Shared bathroom

Food and dining

Breakfast options
  • Continental
  • Full English/Irish
  • Buffet

Location

Hawkshead, Hawkshead, Ambleside, United Kingdom, LA22 0QD
Excellent
Location

8.5

Property policies

Children and extra beds

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

All children are welcome.

Infant 0-2 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
Baby cot/crib may be requested directly from the property.
Children 3-12 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
Guests 13 years and older are considered as adults
Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
Others
  • The property will contact guests directly in order to give instructions regarding check-in.
  • Guests must provide a valid form of government regulated identification (eg. passport, ID card, driver’s license, etc.) upon check-in.
  • The property does not accept group bookings of more than 16 people.
  • The property does not charge an additional temporary member fee.
  • Discounts are not available for YHA members (England and Wales) or IYHF when making a booking.
  • Towels are not provided at this property. Guests can rent or purchase towels at the reception.
  • Wi-Fi/Internet access is available throughout the property at no additional charge.
  • Photo ID must be presented upon arrival and match the name and address on the booking. Where a booking is for more than one person, the named person on the booking will need to provide photographic proof of identify that matches the name and address on the booking. Photo ID will also be requested from all other adult guests. These photo IDs must match the name they sign in with at check in. If photo ID cannot be provided, you will be refused entry to the property.
  • Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, certain public facilities and areas may be closed in accordance with government directives. Please contact the property for more information.
  • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out
  • Check-in from17:00
  • Check-in until23:00
  • Check-out until10:00
Extras
  • Breakfast charge (unless included in room price)7 GBP
The property
  • Number of rooms 20

Property announcements

Bookings (either single or multiple) of more than 14 consecutive nights will not be allowed and will be cancelled in line with YHA’s policies.

Reviews of YHA Hawkshead from real guests

Provided by verified guests of Agoda
8.9
/
10
Excellent
Cleanliness9.1
Facilities8.5
Location8.5
Service9.2
Value for money9.1
High score for Ambleside
Rating
9+ Exceptional (11)
8-9 Excellent (0)
7-8 Very Good (2)
6-7 Good (2)
<6 Below Expectation (0)
Time of the year
Mar - May (3)
Jun - Aug (4)
Sep - Nov (8)
Dec - Feb (0)
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10.0
Exceptional
Claire
Couple
Pod Cabin (3 Adults & 1 Child)
Stayed 1 night in September 2019

Pods”

Hawkshead was amazing. The pods were great. We were sorry we could not stay more than a night but next day we got to sit by Esitheswaite Lake and have coffee right on the lake with really friendly ducks and swans. The location was perfect. We wanted to stay more and have decided to come back later in the year for a weeks holiday. The staff were really helpful and even got me a cup for my morning tea to take back to the pods.

Reviewed September 05, 2019

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Thanks for the great review Claire. Glad to hear you had such a wonderful time here, see you again soon.

Responded September 08, 2019
YHA Hawkshead
10.0
Exceptional
Andrea from United Kingdom
Couple
Pod Cabin (3 Adults & 1 Child)
Stayed 2 nights in May 2018

Yha Hawkshead pod”

The Yha is set in a beautiful area near Esthwaite lake. The staff are very welcoming and friendly. The showers and toilets were immaculately clean. The breakfast is such good value for money. Good place to stay if your a rambler as it’s easy to reach other areas such as Coniston and Keswick. I can’t fault the place and we hope to stay again in the future. Oh and dogs are also welcome.

Reviewed May 20, 2018

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Thanks Andrea for reviewing us. So pleased you were able to take advantage of everything our hostel offers, and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Responded May 22, 2018
YHA Hawkshead
6.4
Good
Alix from United Kingdom
Family with teens
Quadruple Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 2 nights in June 2018

Miss Natasha Bartlett Cook”

Lovely setting not great value for money compared to others been to. Was told by Agoda ground floor and own shower room. Mum will bad knee had to walk up to first floor , share bathroom and food very expensive and limited. No access to the Lake. When looked on YHA sight would have been just as cheep to book on them and would have been able to make more informed choose.

Reviewed June 26, 2018

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Thanks for the review Natasha, I'm sorry that you experienced problems when making your booking through a 3rd party website. We try to make sure the information they use is correct and up to date but some times it may not be as clear as is on our own personal website. Hopefully this experience will not put you off staying with YHA again as we have many fantastically located hostels all around the country.

Responded June 29, 2018
YHA Hawkshead
10.0
Exceptional
Swaburah from United Kingdom
Group
Pod Cabin (3 Adults & 1 Child)
Stayed 3 nights in June 2017

Glamping”

The people who work there are genuinely friendly and really work to make your experience one worth remembering. I stayed in the camping pods outside and it was cosy and cute. The facilities were always clean no matter what time it was. The self catering kitchen is nice and big so there wasn't a time were we had to wait in a queue to eat. It's great value for money. It's cheaper than staying inside the actual hostel AND you get to use all the hostel facilities for FREE! I would definitely go back there. The peacefulness was definitely my favourite part and waking up to the beautiful lake aswell

Reviewed July 04, 2017

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Thank you for the lovely review Swaburah! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay, and appreciate your kind words. Our staff work very hard to maintain a clean, tidy site at all times and as you can imagine, during busy periods this is no mean feat! We look forward to seeing you again.

Responded October 03, 2019
YHA Hawkshead
10.0
Exceptional
Jessica from United Kingdom
Group
Pod Cabin (3 Adults & 1 Child)
Stayed 3 nights in September 2019

A good place to stay. Nice facilities and good value for money. Staff are very friendly. ”

Had a very nice time staying in one of the Pod cabins. Very nice area and good facilities. Would highly recommend will be coming back again next year!.. Thank you very much.

Reviewed September 24, 2019

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Thanks for the great review, lovely to hear you enjoyed your stay with us here at YHA Hawkshead, see you next year.

Responded October 02, 2019
YHA Hawkshead
7.6
Very good
Mati from United Kingdom
Family with teens
Triple Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 1 night in October 2018

Nice hostel”

Good location in a quiet area. Nice buildings and a variety of options, tipee, pod, dormitory or family rooms. Easy access to plenty of hikes. Basic facilities and nice cafe.

Reviewed October 28, 2018

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Thanks for the review, hopefully we'll see you back here again.

Responded November 01, 2018
YHA Hawkshead
9.2
Exceptional
Hassan from United Kingdom
Family with teens
Dormitory Room with Shared Bathroom (6 Adults)
Stayed 1 night in October 2019

Good environment and location ”

Staff amicable

Reviewed October 27, 2019

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Thanks for the review! We're glad you enjoyed your stay in our beautifully located hostel and found our staff to be friendly. We hope you will stay again.

Responded November 02, 2019
YHA Hawkshead
6.8
Good
Chun from Hong Kong SAR, China
Solo traveler
Bunk Bed in Male Dormitory Room
Stayed 1 night in October 2019

Very poor wifi”

the wifi blocked whatsapp and signal is very poor so i cannot use

Reviewed October 25, 2019

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Sorry to hear you had issues with the Wifi, being in our beautiful rural location our wifi is a bit limited and so is the phone signal. The perfect place to escape the everyday world.

Responded October 25, 2019
YHA Hawkshead
9.2
Exceptional
Sudeep from United Kingdom
Solo traveler
Bunk Bed in Male Dormitory Room
Stayed 1 night in August 2014

yha”

as above

Reviewed January 25, 2017

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Thanks Sudeep. Hope you continue to use YHA's for your stays in the future.

Responded May 22, 2018
YHA Hawkshead
9.2
Exceptional
Lee from United Kingdom
Solo traveler
Bunk Bed in Male Dormitory Room
Stayed 2 nights in September 2022

Yha hawkshead”

Great place to stay. Lovely workers and guests . Had the best time will definitely be coming back again

Reviewed September 11, 2022

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Thanks for taking the time to write a review, we're pleased you had a great stay.

Responded September 13, 2022
YHA Hawkshead
9.2
Exceptional
serafin from Philippines
Solo traveler
Bunk Bed in Male Dormitory Room
Stayed 2 nights in May 2022

Very Clean and Cheap”

Pros: Clean bed, room, shower and toilet, Cheap, Quiet, Friendly staff, Very good breakfast, Near the lake. Cons: a bit far away from the hawkshead bus stop, so you need to walk for almost a mile if you dont have a car

Reviewed May 24, 2022

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Thanks for taking the time to write a review, we're glad you liked the hostel.

Responded June 01, 2022
YHA Hawkshead
8.0
Excellent
Sally from United Kingdom
Family with teens
Quadruple Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 1 night in July 2021

Good for a one night stopover”

Tiny room with two sets of bunks in made for a very hot night (though we were in the middle of a heatwave). Beds were comfy though. Having to book a time slot to use the shower to accommodate Covid restrictions seemed excessive and was rather awkward, especially when you're unable to check in before 5pm. The shower wasn't great either (temp or pressure). Food was OK, nothing special but we were too tired/hot/lazy(!) to go into Hawkshead, so nice that it was available.

Reviewed August 01, 2021

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At our youth hostel all the rooms have bunk beds in them, you can book a few rooms with a double bunk bed but you will need to make that selection when making your booking and larger rooms are available to book too. Following the government guidelines during the pandemic to keep our guests safe is a high priority for us, and luckily due to new guidelines the shower time slots have been dropped. We do offer food at our site so guests don't have to worry about the stress of booking a last minute table in the local pubs during the busy staycation year.

Responded August 06, 2021
YHA Hawkshead
10.0
Exceptional
Monica from Italy
Couple
Pod Cabin with 2 Single Beds
Stayed 1 night in September 2018

POD confortevole.”

Abbiamo soggiornato una sola notte in uno dei POD, non sono forniti di letto matrimoniale ma è stato comunque molto bello passare una notte in una mini casetta di legno. La struttura dell'ostello è molto bella, con un ampio giardino vista lago. Staff amichevole e disponibile.

Reviewed September 30, 2018

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Thanks for the great review Monica. Glad to hear you enjoyed your stay.

Responded October 11, 2018
YHA Hawkshead
9.6
Exceptional
satake from Thailand
Solo traveler
Bunk Bed in Male Dormitory Room
Stayed 1 night in September 2022

快適な滞在ができました”

4人部屋の貸切でしたが、値段も手ごろで、清潔でした。庭からは湖も見え、YHAのある丘を下ったところのコンビニ(SPA)で冷食などを買い込んで、キッチンで調理することもでき、節約旅行には最高の環境でした。

Reviewed September 16, 2022

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Thanks for your kind review, we're glad you were able to make use of the self catering kitchen to keep costs down. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip.

Responded September 17, 2022
YHA Hawkshead
10.0
Exceptional
MAYUMI from Japan
Solo traveler
Pod Cabin with 2 Single Beds
Stayed 1 night in May 2018

快適なキャンプのような小さなお部屋”

キッチンルームやダイニングルームが素晴らしく、料理が自由にできます。現地でも多少は食材が買えますが、基本的には調味料などは持って行った方が良かったかも。夜中は、曇っていない瞬間に満点の星空も見えました。またいつかサイクリングにでも来てみたいです。

Reviewed May 06, 2018

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Thanks for the great review

Responded June 29, 2018
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