Rydal Hall Bunkhouse, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9LX

Call Bookings Office on 01539 432050


Situated next to Rydal Beck in the heart of the Lake District, Rydal Hall Bunkhouse can sleep up to 29 people across 4 rooms. The bunkhouse can be booked by the room or as a whole and is ideal for groups and families who prefer a simpler style of accommodation. The common room has tables, chairs and a cosy wood-burning stove with a complimentary bag of logs. The fully-equipped stainless steel kitchen has a cooker, microwave, crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils. As well as en suite facilities to two of the dormitories there are showers and toilets and a drying room on the ground floor. Pillows and pillowcases are provided, but guests are asked to bring their own towels, tea towels and sleeping bags, bed linen, blankets or duvets. Rydal Hall also offers a quiet campsite for individuals and families, eco-pods in the grounds and residential accommodation for up to 50 at the Hall in single, twin, double and family en suite bedrooms. Catered packages are available if you don't want to self-cater. Dogs welcome £3 per night.

This accommodation is featured on our map of the Lake District and here is its own website.


  • Beds & Rooms:

    Bunkhouse 29: 1x10, 1x9, 1x6, 1x4. Plus campsite, eco-pods, accommodation for 50 in the main hall.
  • Open:

    All year. All day.
  • Price per night:

    Bunkhouse: Sole use £325. (min 2 nights at w/e), 4-bed room £75, 6-bed £85, 9-bed £120, 10-bed £130. Pods: from £38.50. Dogs: £3pn.
  • Booking:

    Pre-booking only, deposit payable. Contact by phone or email
  • Directions:

    GR 366 064. Take the A561 from Ambleside to Grasmere, Rydal is reached after 2 miles. By the church turn right and go up lane for 200m.
  • Public Transport:

    Trains at Windermere. National Express at Ambleside. Local Stagecoach service (555) from Lancaster to Keswick 200 yards from the Hall.
  • Walks:

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks Mountain Bike Coast to Coast Wainwright's Coast to Coast Walk
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aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
fSleeping bags required
gFully heated
mMeals available (with notice)
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
!Bike/equipment store (unlocked)
iDrying room
tWithin 1 mile of NCN
ZDogs by arrangement


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Admired through the ages…

December 4th 2020

Rydal Hall isn’t just a brilliant Grade II listed building, it’s also the site of what is thought to be the UK’s first purpose built viewing platform!

Viewing platforms were popularized just as tourism was becoming an industry. The purpose of viewing platforms was to offer a predetermined spot deemed the best place to enjoy the beauty of nature. When looking out from “The grot” its easy to see why Rydall falls was chosen by nature appreciators of years gone by. Here in Christopher Wordsworths’ own words from his 1851 memoir;

“He accompanied me to the gate and then said if I had a few minutes longer to spare he would like to show me the waterfall which was close by – the lower fall of Rydal. I gladly assented and he led the way across the grounds of Lady Fleming (Rydal Hall) which were opposite to his own to a small summer-house. The moment we opened the door the waterfall was before us. The summer house being so placed as to occupy the exact spot from which it was to be seen. The rocks and shrubbery around closing it in on every side. The effect was magical. The view from the rustic house, the rocky basin into which the water fell and the deep shade in which the whole was enveloped, made it a lovely scene. Wordsworth seemed to have much pleasure in exhibiting this beautiful retreat”

Waterfall from viewing station

Mountain Bike Coast to Coast

July 3rd 2018

Have a night off in Rydal on this challenging route from St Bees to Robing Hoods bay.

Have a night off in Rydal on this challenging route from St Bees to Robing Hoods bay.

Rydal Hall provides B&B in the hall and accommodation for groups in the youth Centre.  It is close to the Tim Woodcock Mountain Bike Coast to Coast route just before the approach to Ambleside when riding from West to East.

Rydal Hall Youth Centre

Eco pods at Rydal Hall

July 5th 2017

Sleep in the grounds of a grand Lakeland house.

There are 3 eco pods near the campsite in the grounds of Rydal Hall.   They are made from sustainable materials and are fully carpeted with a small covered porch area.  There is space for a  BBQ outside and no heating, cooking or electricity in the Pods.   A  back to nature experience with the reassurance of a sold roof over your head. Prices: £45 for 1 night, £40 per night for 2 or more nights, £35 per night for 4 or more nights.

Rydal Hall Eco Pods

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