Staying in hostels in the UK

Staying in youth hostels

If you’re looking for budget-friendly accommodation plus the chance to meet other travellers, staying in a youth or backpacker hostel could be a great option for you. In most British cities and key tourist destinations you can find simple, clean and good value hostels. The accommodation is not just for backpackers – people of all ages and families are welcome. The Youth Hostel Association (YHA) is Britain’s national organisation that runs reliable hostels all over the country; some in really beautiful locations.

What to expect?

- Dorm-style accommodation – shared rooms with 4, 6, 8 or 10 beds, often bunk beds.

- The rooms may be organised by gender, depending on the size of the hostel and the pricing options.

- Shared facilities such as bathrooms, kitchen with cooking equipment, communal dining room and sitting room or area.

- Reception desk with help and advice on local attractions.

- Private rooms (doubles, family rooms) are increasingly available if you need that bit of extra privacy.

How to find a hostel

The Youth Hostel Association (YHA) is a great place for booking hostels in the UK.

Many independent and boutique hostels can also be booked through Hostel World.