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Independent Hostels UK

Independent Hostels UK is the largest network of hostel and bunkhouse owners in England, Scotland and Wales.   We believe in Direct Booking and on this website everything you say and everything you pay goes direct to your hosts.

Many hostels and bunkhouses are re-opening having implemented government guidelines to minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Booking an entire hostel or bunkhouse for the exclusive use of a limited number of households is now possible with many places offering reduced rates for smaller groups.  At other places you can book en-suite bedrooms with Covid-19 measures in place in the shared areas.

All tourist accommodation is now allowed to open in England, Scotland and Wales.  You can share self contained holiday accommodation with one household in Wales, with two households in England and with three households in Scotland.

All over the UK


Hostels and bunkhouses have self-catering facilities and provide great value accommodation for one night or more.  They range from rural barns to city houses and are ideal for exploring the outdoors and independent travel.

There will be some temporary changes to the way places operate  in the New Normal.  We are working hard to get all these details updated on this website.   Click here for the latest updates.

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Independent hostels, like youth hostels, have dorms and private rooms, flexible lengths of stay and self catering kitchens ideal for groups.  Many of the former  youth hostels, bunkhouses and camping barns sold by the YHA and now operating independently are listed on this website.  Only five percent of  the accommodation featured on this website is affiliated to the YHA ( Youth Hostel Association ) or  SYHA ( Scottish Youth Hostel Association ), so you are doubling your choice of  self catering accommodation by using both Youth Hostel and Independent Hostel networks.  Most of our accommodation is ideal for walkers, cyclists and family holidays while City, Backpackers and Boutique Hostels cater for young or independent travellers.  Unlike holiday cottages, hostels/bunkhouses are ideal for a stop-over to break a long journey. They are often available for stays as short as one night and are much better value then hotels.  Hostels are sustainable by nature and many are Eco Hostels with green awards.  Some are ideal for retreats. Over a quarter of the accommodation on this website is dog friendly  and many have some  level of accessibility.  There are hostels in England, Scotland and Wales. A selection of hostels and bunkhouses welcome stag and hen parties and over a hundred are within walking distance of a pub. Nearly every hostel and bunkhouse has a self catering kitchen and many provide a Best Price Guarantee, ensuring the prices they offer you through this website are the lowest you will find.  Hostels and bunkhouses provide self catering accommodation by the Sea, in the Mountains and in National Parks.  They also provide Group accommodation ideal for schools, groups, D of E expeditions and reunions of families and friends.  The head office of Independent Hostels UK has achieved the Green Tourism Gold Award.  Keep in touch with our newsletter follow our facebook or twitter, view a map of UK hostels or buy the guidebook.