Arnside Independent Hostel Cumbria

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Arnside Independent Hostel Redhills Road, Arnside, LA5 0AT

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PreSchool, 5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College, University

Arnside is a Victorian seaside resort in a stunning location. It is situated on the boundary of the Lake District National Park and is in the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Listed under: Accommodation & Residential | Hostels

What we offer

The mountains of the Lake District form a dramatic backdrop to the local contrasting countryside of woodland, coast and limestone landscape. Within easy reach of the village are the southern parts of the Lake District National Park, the Yorkshire Dales and Lancaster and Morecambe.

The hostel stands in its own gardens in a commanding location overlooking Morecambe Bay to the Lakeland Fells. The village center is a 2-minute walk away, but open countryside is virtually on the doorstep. Our beautiful building dates from 1911 and has a mellow, mature and understated grandeur that takes one back to the less frenetic Edwardian age.

The YHA bought and converted the building into a hostel in 1978, then in February 2014 sold the building to the present owners, Martin Gilmore and Leigha Derry, who have kept it running as an independent hostel. The capacity of 67 (can make up to 70 if needed) is in varying room sizes which sleep 1 to 8 persons in both dorm and private rooms, with the majority of rooms being made up of bunk beds, but with some double and single beds. All bedding is provided.


The building is surrounded by its own private garden, which is laid out on a series of terraces. Groups are welcome to use the garden at any time, but natural hazards make it unsuitable, not to say dangerous, as a play area for younger groups. A footpath leads directly from the garden to the shore and plenty of open space (though do be aware of tide times), or alternatively, there are playing fields and a recreational ground 600 yard distance away.

The village is well served with most amenities. Lancaster, 15 miles away, is a historic City. It has a University and an active arts community, supporting in particular the Dukes Playhouse and a live music scene. Morecambe offers bowling, mega-zone and a multi-screen cinema. Kendal, 12 miles away, is the nearest town. Apart from its value as a shopping center with usual services, there is also a leisure center with swimming pool, climbing wall and the Brewery Arts Centre and cinema.

Education Opportunities

The area lends itself perfectly to all levels of education from Ks1 right through to post graduates, covering many subject the most popular being Science and Geography.

With everything on our doorstep from Leighton Moss RSPB and the Wildlife Oasis to the natural surroundings of the estuary and the AONB, Haysham Power station, local wind farms and Haltons Forge mill eco community housing project you can cover many aspects of the curriculum - living things and habitats, reproduction, ecosystems, conservation, marine biology, human and physical geography, fieldwork to name just a few. Fully led NC linked packages can be arranged, in association with the Field Studies Council at Castlehead who offer GCSE, A/S and A2 level Geography, Geology and Biology packages. We also have links with Dallam Outdoors, Heversham, who can offer a variety of outdoor activities. Dallam Outdoors offers a wide variety of activities for all age groups such as canoeing, caving, climbing, ghyll scrambling, mountain biking, sea kayaking all of which can be put together in a tailor-made package.

Accreditation and Awards

We are a 3 star Visit England rated hostel and Certificate of Excellence on trip advisor

Group Sizes Catered For

Up to 67 (or we can accommodate up to 70 if necessary)

Risk Assessment Details

The safety of your party in and around Arnside Independent Hostel and Study Centre is one of our paramount considerations. With all groups of children and students (and on request for any other party) attention is drawn to safety issues in an introductory chat covering, for example, location of fire exits and the fire assembly point. If you would like us to arrange a fire drill we would be happy to oblige. Security is also a safety issue. A rigorous checking and locking up procedure is a regular part of our operation at night. The entrance has a digital lock, which is in operation when the reception is unstaffed. The owners live on the premises.

Please note - we have 2 cats at the hostel - they are not allowed in any of the bedrooms, kitchens, dining areas or the lounge, but inevitably some guests do take them into the lounge. They are friendly cats, but will only seek attention if encouraged - if they are ignored they will leave visitors alone. There is also a small dog who lives at the hostel, she is very friendly and like the cats will seek attention if encouraged.

A Risk Assessment document for the hostel is available. Please ask for a copy. We encourage all groups to carry out their own risk assessment if they wish, please contact the hostel to arrange a visit.

Pricing Information

For basic full board package, prices start from (includes use of field study/meeting room) £34 up to £41.00 for adult groups.

We are also able to provide buffet lunches, morning coffee etc. Please enquire re charges.

All full board bookings attract a discount of 1 free staff/ leader place for every 10 places paid.

We may also be able to offer low season or a late availability discount on your booking.

Enquiries for part-board bookings or for self-catering groups are welcome.

First Aid Information

We have a qualified 1st aider on site.

Available Facilities

Small bunk rooms

Private leader rooms (low season only)

5 rooms with e/s shower

2 rooms with full en suite

Individual bed lights throughout

Individual showers/toilets

Disabled access

2 dedicated classrooms

One sitting room with log-burning fire

Games room with pool table, Sky TV, air hockey and dart board

Large Drying Room

Map corridor

Bike storage and workshop

Shop for sweets, souvenirs, soft drinks

Fully licensed bar and restaurant

Terrace area with picnic tables

Outdoor fires and BBQ area

Outdoor tab tennis table

Self-led activities

Walking routes available

Gardens leading to the shore

Day-time access

Self-catering kitchen

Some parking on site except triple-axle coaches (coaches can be parked on the public road)

Free Wi Fi

Under cover storage with electrics

Classroom / Meeting Rooms

This facility can be organised as 2 separate rooms seating 20-25 (classroom-style) or can be opened into one unit as required. Provided with the room are the usual visual aids (flip chart stands, 2 portable white boards, PC projector, overhead projectors and video/DVD playback equipment (projection screens are wall or ceiling mounted)), a library of local information and identification guides and some basic practical equipment. Allocation of each unit will depend on group numbers and will be for the sole use of that group.

Group Leader/Staff Room or Day room

The second classroom also doubles up as an additional TV room/Day room for the group leaders, with full sky package and video and DVD player it can provide a quiet haven at the end of a busy day.


At Arnside Independent Hostel and Study Centre we offer a full meals service. Please discuss your needs with us.

We have a reputation for the style and quality of our catering. We create home-baked meals for all our guests. Our ingredients are sourced locally where possible. As well as allowing us tight control over quality our home-cooking ethos also means that catering for those with allergies and other special diets is no great problem. At the evening meal there is always at least one vegetarian choice for the main course and our soups are always entirely meat free. Please advise in advance if you require a gluten-free menu or of any allergies.

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

We can provide a ground floor bedroom designed around the needs of guests with a mobility impairment. This is a fully accessible en-suite facility and additionally there is a toilet/shower facility for disabled people close to the classrooms and the main entrance. There is level access with wide doors to the entire ground floor. The games room, drying room and bedrooms on upper floors are not accessible for anyone unable to use stairs. We have a portable induction loop and vibrating/strobe fire alarm for the benefit of guests with hearing impairments. For guests with visual impairments we have adopted a contrasting colour d?cor to door architraves and we have a signing system that is tactile, bold and easily understood.

Opening Hours & Information

We are open all year. Staff working hours are normally 0730hrs - 1000hrs and 1700hs - 2300hrs but this can vary depending on season and group requirements. Early access can be arranged.

Location Information

How to get to Arnside

By Road

From the South leave the M6 at junction 35. Follow the A6 to Milnthorpe; turn left at the traffic lights to Arnside. Turn right at the T Junction, continue past the shops then turn left at The Albion pub, Redhills Road is a turning on the right at the top of the hill.

From the North leave the M6 at Junction 36, turn left, and left again at the next roundabout onto the A65 towards Crooklands and Kendal. After half a mile turn left onto B6385 for Milnthorpe. Drive straight ahead at the traffic lights to Arnside. Turn right at the T Junction, continue past the shops then turn left at The Albion pub, Redhills Road is a turning on the right at the top of the hill.

By Rail

There is a direct service to Arnside from Manchester Airport, Preston, Lancaster, Barrow and the Cumbria coast. Leeds can be reached via Carnforth, and all other services via Preston or Lancaster. The hostel is a 15 minute walk from the station. It may be possible for a member of our staff to collect luggage, but please arrange this in advance.

National Rail Enquiries 08457 484950

By Bus

National Express operates coaches from Lancaster and Kendal and local 552 service operates Mondays to Saturdays between Kendal, Milnthorpe and Arnside.

Coach Hire

Kirkby Lonsdale Coaches - 01524 733831; F W Stainton, Burton Road, Kendal, - 01539 720156. Travellers Choice, Carnforth - 01524 720033; Kent Estuary Travel, Milnthorpe - 015395 62917 can provide mini bus with driver.

Self-Drive mini buses can be hired from

Marshall's, Lancaster 01524 67298; Westmorland Vehicle Hire 01539 728532


Local Taxi - 01524 761938. Kent Estuary Travel - 015395 62917

Room Sizes and Facilities

16 bedrooms making up to 67 beds

1x 1 single

1x double

4x 2 bunk (1 with shower and 1 full en-suite)

4x 4 bunk (1 with shower)

1x 5 bed (double, bunk and single)

2x 6 bunk (1 with full disabled en-suite and double bed)

1x 7 bed (2 bunks and 3 singles)

2x 8 bunk

Every bedroom has a sink and mirror with toilets and showers nearby. 2 rooms are full ensuite and 3 are shower ensuite.

Booking information

Sue is our group bookings administrator however; initial contact can be made to the hostel direct via email or telephone  or 01524761781.

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