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Arnside Independent Hostel & Study Centre, previously the YHA Arnside Hostel, has been under new ownership since February 2014, however we have maintained ties with the YHA under their Enterprise Scheme.

We are a family of six, Martin, Leigha and our four children and 2 cats. Some familiar faces have remained from the YHA - Dave the chef is still providing us with the amazing food he is renowned for, Sue is doing invaluable work in the office for the dealing with all the group bookings and with his wealth of experience as the hostels manager for the past 30 years, we are extremely pleased that John Gibbs has agreed to be a part of the team as well.

February 2016 marks 2 year and although we have already made a good start on renovation works and a much needed redecoration. To date we have already tackled the ground floor, decorating the dinning room, lounge, corridors, both ground floor bedrooms and a complete refurb of the self-catering kitchen. So with the ground floor almost complete we are now starting to tackle some of the other rooms. However, this has only made a very small dint in a very long list of things to do but what ever changes and improvements we do make it is always in our minds not to take away any of the charm and appeal that has drawn customers here in the past. There has been an overwhelming request from visitors who have passed through the hostel these last few months "please don't change it too much", so we won't.

About the Hostel

This large Edwardian house above Morecambe Bay is perfectly situated and boasts great views of the Lake District mountains.

A real find for budget accommodation, group, individuals and family breaks if you love Lake District holidays but could do without the summer crowds. It’s a good touring base for activity breaks in the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, and if you're into walking holidays there are plenty of walks nearby.

Take the opportunity of a guided cross-bay walk and experience being where the tide will cover for a different view of Morecambe Bay, a different view of life. Also fantastic, is the walk round the coast and back over the Knott, just 2 hours but it seems like a whole walking holiday! A budget family break with a difference.

Those looking for birdwatching holidays will enjoy the RSPB reserve, Leighton Moss and butterfly lovers shouldn’t miss Arnside Knott.

Spend the evenings relaxing in the lounge, or choose from a large selection of games as well as pool or darts in the games room and enjoy good food in our licensed restaurant.


En-suite rooms, games room, private parking, laundry & drying room, bar, free wifi, secure cycle store, double child bike trailer & child carrier back pack & drying room, licensed bar, film nights, outdoor seating, private garden, BBQ facilities, field study room/conference room hire, dog friendly.

Reception Times

  • 07.30 - 10.00

  • 17.30 - 22.30

We are now fully open to both groups, families and individuals every day of the year with the exception of Christmas.


Walking: Great all weather, all season walking with a variety of routes available to suit all abilities and interests. Amazing views everywhere, situated within the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. so you don’t need to walk too far to have your breath taken away by the scenery.
Cycling: Cycle to 'The Moon' - a large area of limestone pavement with fantastic views. The ascent is a winding, challenging climb up the hillside… with the thrill of knowing you get to rush back down!
Climbing: Quarry faced climbing is available at Trowbarrow Quarry in Silverdale. The strata are tilted vertically, meaning that the climb is up the bedding plain making a challenging climb.

Getting Here

Oakfield Lodge, Redhills Rd, Arnside, Cumbria, LA5 0AT

For directions please visit the Transport Direct website.

Contact Us

Tel. +44 (0) 1524 761781 - We are not always in the office, so please do leave a voicemail and your message will be answered.

Mob. +44 (0) 7773066849

Email: enquiries@arnsidehostel.co.uk