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Independent Hostels UK


Independent Hostels UK is a network of accommodation owners.   We believe in Direct Booking and on this website everything you say and everything you pay goes direct to your hosts.

We are the largest network in the UK, featuring over 420 bunkhouses, hostels and camping barns with locations all over England, Scotland and Wales.

Book a room, book a bed,  or hire the whole place for a holiday with family and friends.


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.

Many have private rooms, sometimes en-suite and there are often bunks in dorms.  What all independent hostels have in common is shared areas for relaxation,  like kitchens, lounges and gardens.

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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.