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Independent City, Backpackers and Boutique hostels cater for independent travellers who want to explore the UK particularly by public transport. Mainly aimed at young independent travellers from overseas who are visiting the UK often as part of a Gap Year. These hostels are a great place to meet people and make new friends with many offering social evenings such as pub crawls and quizzes. City, Backpackers and Boutique hostels are situated in cities and notable tourist locations around England and Wales. In Scotland, where the tradition of travelling from hostel to hostel as part of a tour has existed for longer, there are Backpacker style hostels in the smaller cities and also in the rural but iconic locations in the Highlands and Islands that have attracted visitors for generations. Providing good value accommodation in bunk rooms, where you can book a bed, or private group or family rooms, City, Backpackers and Boutique hostels frequently include breakfast in their prices and all have good self-catering facilities to keep the cost of a UK city break to a minimum. With modern upgrades and funky decor these hostels are unique, exciting places to stay.

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    Corris Hostel

    Perfect for group and family gatherings, Corris hostel is a renowned haven from the stresses of the outside world; with its homely atmosphere, friendly staff and cosy wood fires. Outside there are landscaped hill gardens with barbecue and campfire areas. Situated in the Dyfi Biosphere and southern Snowdonia National Park, the hostel is close to Cadair Idris and Centre for Alternative Technology. A walkers and cyclists paradise in addition to many other attractions.

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    Wooler Youth Hostel

    Wooler Youth Hostel & Shepherd’s Huts is set in its own spacious grounds on the edge of the town. It has newly refurbished en suite bedrooms & Shepherd’s Hut sleeping cabins, a huge dining and common room, excellent drying facilities and a large self-catering kitchen, making it great for groups & families. There is also an excellent value restaurant, on site car parking and secure cycle storage. Wooler has inns, grocery stores and specialist shops, and is an ideal

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    Cohort Hostel

    Located in the centre of St Ives Cohort is chilled, contemporary and friendly. Great facilities include a hot shower in the courtyard for surfers, through to a laundry and dry room. The onsite bar is cheap; there's free WiFi, Netflix and comfortable pod beds - all with USB ports, lights, curtains and under-bed storage – and a big kitchen for guest use. Free tea and coffee before 10am; beds just £20-£25/night.

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    Backpackers Plus Oban

    Many people’s favourite hostel thanks to its friendly atmosphere, the beautiful seaside town setting and its excellent facilities. Enjoy free WiFi, free breakfast, free all-day hot drinks, clean spacious rooms, secure bike storage, laundry service, communal areas, strong hot showers, comfortable beds and a well-equipped self-catering kitchen. The lively town of Oban has direct ferry access to the many beautiful Scottish Isles.

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    Blythswood House

    In the heart of Glasgow city centre. Blythswood house is the perfect base from which to explore everything the city has to offer. The single rooms are grouped in flats of 2,6,7,or 8 so perfect for individuals or groups wanting to visit Glasgow in the summer. All rooms are en suite and each flat has self-catering facilities. Easily accessible from the city’s train and bus stations Blythswood House welcomes walkers and cyclists.

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    Sandras Hostel

    Thurso is the northern-most town on the UK mainland. The cliffs are alive with guillemots, kittiwakes, fulmars and puffins, while the sea is home to seals and porpoises. The 4* hostel has en suite facilities in all rooms, (some have TVs). Using their own backpacking experience, the owners ensure you will enjoy a level of comfort and service second to none. Surfing, pony trekking, fishing, quad biking, coastal walks and boat trips are all available in the area.

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    Rock and Bowl

    The Rock n Bowl Hostel is situated in the heart of Bristol inside a historic 1930s building spanning across two massive floors with The Lanes; a bowling alley, bar and club venue on the ground floor. A variety of rooms from private doubles to 20 bed dorms (including female only) means there will be a bed at a price to suit your budget all inclusive of a breakfast in the morning. Working with The Lanes, Rock N Bowl deliver the

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    Inverness Student Hotel

    The cosy and friendly Student Hotel enjoys panoramic views of the town and the mountains beyond. Your perfect place to unwind, just yards from the city’s varied night-life and a few mins’ walk from bus and train stations. Relax in the fabulous lounge with real log fire and drink as much free tea, coffee & hot chocolate as you like. Visit the beautiful ancient pine forest of Glen Affric or the Culloden Battlefield. Famous Loch Ness lies just a few miles upstream and of course has its own special wild animal.

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    Bunkhouse Plus

    Located in the heart of Weymouth, the gateway to the beautiful and exciting Jurassic coastline and the host of the 2012 Olympic Games, Bunkhouse Plus has a mixture of bunk rooms with the ‘Plus’ of double en suites rooms making it ideal for everyone’s stay. Situated close to the town centre, the safe swimming waters of the beach and the old harbour which hosts fantastic festivals of the sea. You can go wind and kite surfing, fishing, sailing, diving or

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    Haggis Hostels

    In a recently renovated Georgian building, Haggis Hostels lies in the heart of Edinburgh just 50m from Princes Street. This friendly hostel offers self-catering facilities and fully equipped rooms including international sockets and adjustable heating. The communal kitchen is high spec and features two of every appliance, ideal for groups of up to 34. Enjoy free breakfast, luxury bedding/towels, a laundry service and secure storage.

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    Kyle Blue

    Moored in the heart of Bristol’s historic harbour, in a peaceful location only a five minute stroll to the city centre. The Kyle Blue Hostel Boat has private and shared cabins with a spacious upper deck providing fabulous views of the harbour from its tranquil lounge and well equipped self-catering kitchen. The Dutch Barge has been completely renovated and opened in Autumn 2016. Great for independent travellers or small group of friends or family, the Kyle Blue offers sleeping in

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    Stableside York

    Stableside is proud to be a 4 Star rated hostel within the historic and beautiful city of York. Guests are afforded a true Yorkshire welcome and can take advantage of easy access by road, rail, bus and bike. Stableside has free car and coach parking, free WiFi and a secure, spacious and self contained location with landscaped gardens. Stableside offers a variety of room options and can cater for all from the single traveller to larger hobby groups. There’s a

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    Orcades Hostel

    Welcome to Orcades Hostel in Kirkwall. An excellent base for exploring the beautiful Orkney isles. Accommodation is in doubles, twins, 4 and 6 bedded rooms. All of the bedrooms have en suite toilet/shower rooms, TVs and all bedding is provided. There is a stylish kitchen, a lounge with DVD and games and Wifi throughout the building. A warm and friendly welcome awaits you at this comfortable 4 star hostel.

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    Travel Joy Hostel

    Travel Joy Hostels are relaxed and chilled-out hostels which focus on personal service. Travel Joy is the only London hostel overlooking the river, centrally located between Chelsea and The Houses of Parliament. There is bicycle dock and a 24-hour bus outside the door that goes every ten minutes to Victoria Station, Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Soho, Oxford Street and Camden. On-site European & Thai restaurant and tour/theatre-tickets desk. Laptop available at reception and € exchange with 5% commission. Free

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    Callander Hostel

    Situated in the town of Callander at the start of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Callander Hostel is a great location for tourists and outdoor enthusiasts alike. With outstanding views over Ben Ledi this Visit Scotland 5 star Hostel has recently been refurbished to a high standard. The comfortable beds, en suite rooms and fully equipped self-catering kitchen will ensure that you have all you need for the perfect retreat. The gardens have a children’s play area, BBQ pods and seating.

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    Inveraray Hostel

    The historic town of Inveraray, on the western shore of Loch Fyne is a superb location for exploring Scotland’s Southern Highlands and Islands. Inverarary Hostel, a purpose built wooden building, is perfect for independent holidaymakers who enjoy socialising with other guests from many different backgrounds. The hostel offers basic but comfortable accommodation in private rooms and dorms, there’s an excellent self catering kitchen plus dining and sitting areas.

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    Wayfarers Independent Hostel

    Wayfarers Independent Hostel is situated close to Penrith town centre, providing excellent value accommodation to those visiting Penrith, the Eden Valley and the North Lakes. Penrith is on the edge of the Lake District National Park, close to the M6 and on the West Coast Mainline with shops, pubs, restaurants and a cinema all within 5 minutes’ walk of the hostel. The Coast to Coast cycle route passes 100m from the doorstep, secure indoor bike storage, a drying room

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    Euro Hostel Glasgow

    Your smarter alternative to a hotel in the city, just five mins’ walk from Central Station, with friendly staff, lively bar and clean comfortable private and shared en suite rooms. Perfect for clubbing, shopping and discovering the city’s cultural heritage and live music scene. Or for visiting family, coast to coast cycle rides, attending sporting events or just a good sleep to break a long journey. The VIP suites are ideal for groups.

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    The Barrel Store

    Located in the heart of Cirencester, the newly converted Barrel Store provides stylish self-catering accommodation for up to 43 guests in 14 rooms. The rooms are designed to be simple but stylish and almost all are en-suite. Within easy reach of many well-known Cotswold attractions and accessible to transport links, the Barrel Store is perfect as a base from which to explore this fantastic area. Exclusive hire available get in touch for details.

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    Castle Rock Hostel

    In a wonderful location, facing south with a sunny aspect and panoramic views over the city, Castle Rock Hostel is just steps away from the city centre with the historic Royal Mile, the busy pubs and late-late nightlife of the Grassmarket and Cowgate. Then of course there is the famous Edinburgh Castle. Most of the rooms have no traffic noise and there are loads of great facilities, 24 hour reception and no curfew. With its beautiful and dramatic skyline Edinburgh is truly one of the world’s great cities.

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    Safehouse Hostel

    The Safehouse Hostel is located in the centre of Cardiff close to the Millennium Stadium and Cardiff Castle and is just a few minutes’ walk to Cardiff Central Station. The staff at this friendly hostel offer tourist advice as well as walking tours and cycle hire. Bed and breakfast is available or make use of the well equipped kitchen. The hostel has a female only dorm and there are 3 family (4 bed) rooms and 3 private (2 bed) rooms with fantastic views of the city. Continental breakfast included, groups welcome but not stag or hens.

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    Crystal Palace Lodge

    Located within the grounds of the world famous Crystal Palace National Sports Centre and set within 200 acres of beautiful parkland, The Lodge offers good value hostel accommodation. An ideal place to stay when visiting London. Specialising in sports bookings, group bookings and tour packages, residents benefit from discounted use of the National Sports Centre, with indoor swimming pool, gym, games room, tennis courts and more. Children and coach parties are welcome. Accommodation is in single and

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    Euro Hostel Edinburgh Halls

    Euro Hostel Edinburgh Halls is the perfect place to base your summer visit to Edinburgh. Available from 9th June to 3rd Sept. you can have an apartment to yourself or share with others for a great budget stay. Located in the heart of the Old Town close to the Royal Mile, Euro Hostel Edinburgh Halls is perfect for backpackers, shoppers, groups or those visiting the famous Edinburgh Festival. Single, twin, double and triple private bedrooms are available or you can rent a whole apartment for up to 10.

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    Staykation Hotel For Backpackers

    Whether you’re a backpacker or a budget traveller you will enjoy Staykation Hotel for Backpackers in Plymouth. This friendly hostel offers a warm welcome to all its guests. The excellent city centre location is just a 10 minute walk from the train and bus stations and within easy walking distance to the ferry port. Located near some of the top bars, clubs, restaurants and theatres with friendly staff on site and available 24/7. Security is taken seriously with 24hr CCTV.

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    Browns Hostel and Houses

    Providing nightly or weekly self catering accommodation in the captivating small town of Stromness,Orkney. Within walking/cycling distance of the ancient Maeshowe, Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae. Stromness has a museum, art centre, festival, scuba diving, free fishing and ferries from mainland Scotland. Facilities include well equipped kitchens, comfy sitting rooms and beds in single, double, twin, triple and family rooms all with towels and bedding provided. Computers with internet and Wifi. Cycle storage & free car park up the lane.

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    Harlow International Hostel

    Harlow International Hostel is situated in the centre of a landscaped park and is one of the oldest buildings in Harlow. The town of Harlow is the ideal base from which to explore London, Cambridge and the best of South East England. The journey time to central London is only 35 minutes from the hostel door and it is the closest hostel to Stansted Airport. National Cycle Route 1 passes the front door. There are a range of room sizes

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    Bath Ymca

    Bath YMCA offers a warm welcome and the best value accommodation. From its central location all the sights of this World Heritage City are easily reached on foot. Bath is also an ideal base for the explorer. Staying longer brings Stonehenge, Wookey Hole caves, Cheddar Gorge, the southern reaches of the Cotswolds, and more exciting destinations all within reach. With a total of 210 beds, Bath YMCA has a great deal of experience in making guests feel comfortable. There is

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    Tartan Lodge

    Within walking distance of Glasgow City Centre, Tartan Lodge, offers contemporary elegance with a smattering of old world charm. Set within a former 19th century church and Masonic Lodge you will find affordable accommodation for budget and business travellers with a selection of double and twin en suite bedrooms and shared dormitories with family facilities. Towels can be hired.

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    Hatters Hostels on Newton Street

    Recently refurbished to its 100 year old splendour and winner of the Manchester Tourism Customer Care award, Hatters has firmly established itself as the city’s favourite funky hostel. The city centre location makes it the ideal spot to start exploring the north west of England. Hatters caters for independent travellers and groups. It has a fully serviced kitchen with seating for groups of up to 50 and FREE all-day continental breakfast. Enjoy the FREE all-day coffee while using the

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    Green Man Backpackers Chepstow

    Situated in the heart of Chepstow, Green Man Backpackers offers inspired accommodation in a Grade 2 historic building. Chepstow is the starting/finishing point for Offa’s Dyke path, the Wales Coast Path, Gloucester Way, the Wye Valley Walk, The Forest of Dean, and the Wye Valley AONB. Just 1 mile from Lands End/John O’Groats route.

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    Hamilton Backpackers

    Hamilton Lodge is just one minute’s walk from the centre of Fishguard and close to Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. Comfortable and friendly, sleeping nine in total – with an en-suite double and two dormitories. Fully equipped kitchen, dining area and lounge. Charming, private garden and covered patio with seating. Free light breakfast included. Groups of up to 18 are welcome in collaboration with James John Hamilton House hostel next door.

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    Kipps Brighton

    Kipps Brighton is situated in the centre of Brighton, with views of the Royal Pavilion and close to all of Brighton’s attractions including the beach, Brighton Pier, The Lanes and The Brighton Eye. We offer great value accommodation with excellent facilities, including a lounge, games room, & self-catering kitchen. Staff offer nightly events, from pizza night to pasta night, a great way to meet the other guests and the staff. Dormitory rooms come with secure free lockers and en suite

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    High Street Hostel

    The High Street Hostel has become a hugely popular destination for world travellers since opening in 1985 and is one of Europe’s best regarded and most atmospheric hostels. Located just off the historic Royal Mile in a 400 year old building, it is your perfect base for exploring all the city’s many attractions – and of course its wonderful nightlife. Providing excellence in location, ambience and facilities, the hostel is highly recommended by more than ten of the world’s top backpacker travel guides. Come along and see for yourself!

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    Bank Street Lodge

    Bank Street Lodge is situated 100 metres from Fort William High Street which has numerous shops, pubs, restaurants and banks. There is a fully equipped kitchen with cooker, fridge, microwave, cutlery and crockery provided. The common room lounge has a TV, it also provides tables and chairs for eating self prepared meals, and a snack vending machine. All bedding is provided. Some rooms are en suite (twins, doubles and family). WiFi is also now available in our lounge/TV room.

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    Tomlinsons CafÉ and Bunkhouse

    A former schoolhouse in the historic town of Rothbury overlooking the River Coquet, Tomlinson’s is a one-stop shop for low-cost accommodation, wholesome homemade meals and cycle hire. Ideal for families, groups and independent travellers, there are four flexible rooms most with en suite showers. Guests can mix in the communal TV lounge, enjoy the views or a homemade meal in the café. Big windows give beautiful views over the River Coquet. The bunkhouse has laundry facilities, a wash down area

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    Scarborough Youth Hostel

    For a fun filled, seaside break Scarborough is unbeatable: two safe, sandy beaches, penny arcades, pirate ship, three surf schools and the new Alpamare Waterpark. On a quiet riverside just outside the town Scarborough Youth Hostel is also a perfect base for exploring the coast and country of the North York Moors and Wolds with miles of paths, tracks and quiet lanes for walkers and cyclists.

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    Penzance Backpackers

    Penzance, with its mild climate, its wonderful location looking across to spectacular St Michael’s Mount, with all the coach and rail services terminating here, is the ideal base for exploring the far SW of England and the Scilly Isles. Whether you are looking for sandy beaches and sheltered coves, the storm lashed cliffs of Land’s End, sub-tropical gardens, internationally acclaimed artists, the remains of ancient cultures, or simply somewhere to relax and take time out, Penzance Backpackers is for you.

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    Euro Hostel Liverpool

    The newest addition to the Euro Hostel family, Euro Hostel Liverpool is right in the heart of the city. A perfect base from which to experience Liverpool’s legendary night life, shopping and waterfront walks. Whether you are a backpacker, couple, family or part of a group Euro Hostel Liverpool has a room for you. Rooms vary from 8 bed dorms (mixed or female only), en suite private rooms for up to 8 people or VIP suites accommodating groups of 6

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    Fort William Backpackers

    Surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery Fort William is a mecca for those with a spirit of adventure. You can start (or end) the ‘West Highland Way’ in Fort William, hike or bike along mountain trails, go for a boat trip on the sea loch or just take it easy amidst the wonderful scenery. Even in winter Fort William stays busy with skiing, snow-boarding, mountaineering and ice-climbing. Set on a hillside above the town, with wonderful views, this cosy hostel provides all you’ll need after a day in the hills.

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    Albatross

    Fly high with the award winning “Albatross”! This clean and modern hostel is located in Newcastle’s city centre. Providing rooms from 2 bed to 12 beds and anything in between for as little as £16.50. The overnight price includes; linen, 24hr reception, fully fitted self-catering kitchen with free tea, coffee and toast, free WiFi access and computer terminals, pool table, satellite TV, free baggage storage and laundry facilities.

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    Hebden Bridge Hostel

    Expect a warm welcome at Hebden Bridge Hostel. Comfy and welcoming, with private rooms and dorm beds from £15 make Hebden Bridge Hostel the cheapest place to stay for miles around, and a visit to this quirky, unique and beautiful town will surely lift your spirits after a long days' march on the Pennine Way or a days sight-seeing, relaxing or experiencing Hebden Bridge’s vibrant café, music, arts & culture.

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    Totters

    Totters sits in the heart of the historic castle town of Caernarfon just 30m from the Menai Straits. Close to many pubs and restaurants but with good public transport to the Snowdonia National Park. The hostel is a 200-year-old, five floored town house with five bedrooms sleeping either 4 or 6 and a huge double/family en suite. Opposite there is a self-catering town house sleeping 6.

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    Lake District Backpackers

    Situated in the heart of Windermere, close to shops, cafes and pubs, 2 minutes from the train and bus station and opposite the Tourist Information and Tour offices. Easy access to other parts by the 555 bus, 25 minute walk to the lake with steamer trips and boat hire and access to the fells from our door. Maps and guides available in our friendly, cosy hostel.

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    Deepdale Backpackers

    The perfect base to explore the North Norfolk Coast. Enjoy an ensuite private room (double, twin, triple, quad or family room) and single sex dorm rooms sleeping 6 or 8 people. The Norfolk Coast Path is right on your doorstep, with huge beautiful sandy beaches a short bike ride or bus ride away. We have space to relax and breath, under huge skies, in rural and coastal countryside.

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    Morags Lodge Loch Ness

    A multi-award winning 4* hostel with a range of rooms to meet all needs and budgets in the bustling village of Fort Augustus on the banks of Loch Ness. Your perfect base to explore the Loch Ness area and an ideal stop off on the Great Glen Way. Surrounded by stunning mountain scenery and set in wooded grounds the hostel boasts 24 hour self-catering facilitates, excellent home-made cheap meal options, a rustic bar, free WiFi, bike hire and ample car parking.

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    Sparrowhawk Backpackers

    Sparrowhawk is a small, friendly eco-hostel in the centre of Moretonhampstead, popular with cyclists, hikers, bikers, artists and photographers, located within the breathtaking Dartmoor National Park. Moretonhampstead is 14 miles west of Exeter and can be reached by direct bus. Accommodation is in a beautifully converted, fully equipped stable, with solar-heated showers and a secure bike shed. High open moorland is close by for great hiking, cycling and off-road mountain biking, while the rocky tors rising up on the hilltops

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    Cholderton Stonehenge Youth Hostel

    Situated on a delightful family owned farm, this four star Youth Hostel provides family/child friendly accommodation suitable for groups or singles who enjoy the countryside. The hostel is located 8 miles from historic Salisbury with its Cathedral, and only 5 miles from Stonehenge World Heritage Site. Cholderton also offers cooked breakfasts for a small additional fee if preferred. Entrance to the adjoining Cholderton Charlie’s rare breeds farm is free of charge to guests. It offers a range of daily activities

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    Llandudno Hostel

    Llandudno Hostel is a Victorian 4* boutique hostel where individuals, families and groups (including schools) are welcome all year. Set in the heart of the Victorian seaside town of Llandudno, it’s your perfect base for shopping & exploring the many local attractions, including blue flag beaches, dry slope skiing, ten pin bowling, bronze age copper mine, traditional pier, museums and fishing trips.

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    Oban Backpackers

    Perfectly situated in the heart of Oban, “the Gateway to the Isles”, the hostel allows you to experience all Oban has to offer without burning a hole in your wallet. Completely refurbished in 2013, there’s a fully equipped kitchen and comfortable, wide, ready made up beds in the dorms waiting for you. The big cosy lounge, with a real fire, pool table, free hot drinks, WiFi, musical instruments games and a book swap make it a great place to stay and unwind. What’s more it is just a 10 minute stroll to the bus, train and ferry terminals

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    Hatters Hostels Birmingham

    Your ideal choice for city central accommodation, Hatters Birmingham has combined hotel quality en suite rooms with the social atmosphere of an international travellers’ hostel. Catering for groups of all sizes and independent travellers, you can enjoy the comforts of FREE WiFi, breakfast, en suite rooms, large communal areas and enthusiastic, informative staff. Full board or half board options are available for groups of over 15 people. Conveniently located for all city centre attractions and transport links, ask

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    Clink 261

    One of London’s best established backpacker hostels, Clink261 offers simple, comfortable, self-catering accommodation in the centre of London. King’s Cross is a creative, upcoming area close to the British Museum, Covent Garden and Camden Market or a short tube ride to Piccadilly Circus & Leicester Square. Guests are invited round the corner to Clink78 for entertainment and good value drinks at the ClashBAR.

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    Loch Ness Backpackers Lodge

    This 18 century highland farmhouse provides warm & friendly hostel accommodation. Ideally situated within walking distance of Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, on the Great Glen Way and with pubs, restaurants and supermarket close by it offers the perfect base for enjoying the spectacular scenery. Horse riding, fishing, watersports and mountain biking can all be arranged locally. Free parking and free WiFi. Bike storage available except in Jul/Aug.

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    Halifax College Hostel

    Halifax College is situated in a peaceful location in York, within walking distance of Heslington Village and the University of York campus. Halifax College is the perfect base for exploring the city. York is famous for the iconic York Minster, exquisite architecture and a tangle of quaint cobbled streets called The Shambles. York has boutique shopping, a vibrant café and restaurant culture and world class museums such as the National Railway Museum and the unique Jorvik Centre. These

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    Falmouth Lodge Backpackers

    Falmouth’s beautiful natural harbour provides a picturesque background to the main street of charming shops, restaurants, cafés and pubs. Voted the 2nd best coastal town, Falmouth is renowned for its sandy beaches, Pendennis Castle, exotic gardens, Arts Centre and the Princess Pavilion. Go sightseeing on ferries to St Mawes, Truro, Flushing and the Helford Passage. On a rainy day visit the National Maritime Museum and the Ships and Castle leisure pool. Take advantage of watersports, fishing trips, sailing, diving, with

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    Embassie Liverpool Backpackers

    The Embassie is a terraced house in an unspoilt Georgian square used in the filming of ‘In the Name of the Father’. The house was built in 1820 and until 1986 it was the Consulate of Venezuela. Only 15 minutes’ walk from the centre of Liverpool, known for its nightlife. A large student population ensures a lively scene, with late night bands and bars. The hostel has been refurbished and there are new kitchen facilities, a brand new shower

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    Kipps Canterbury

    Kipps is an ideal home-from-home for backpackers, visitors or small groups looking for self-catering budget accommodation in Canterbury. It is a short walk to the town centre and the historic attractions including the renowned Canterbury Cathedral. Canterbury also makes an ideal base for day trips to Dover, Leeds Castle and the many local beaches. Facilities include dining room, TV lounge with digital TV, a garden, a fully equipped kitchen, a small shop offering breakfast and other food items, bicycle

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    Heb Hostel

    The Heb Hostel is a family-run backpackers’ hostel in the heart of Stornoway on the enchanting Isle of Lewis. It is an ideal stop/stay for travellers visiting the Hebrides. Surfers, cyclists, walkers, families and groups are all welcome. Clean, comfortable, friendly and relaxed, Heb Hostel aims to provide you with a quality stay at budget prices.There are many facilities, including a common room with TV, peat fire, local guides and information.

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    Arnside Independent Hostel

    Family run since 2014. This large Edwardian house overs Morecambe Bay and is perfectly situated with great views of the Lake District mountains. Enjoy spectacular summer evening sunsets in the garden with outdoor seating, fire pits, games, picnic tables and BBQ facilities. Spend winter evenings relaxing by the fire in the lounge, playing board games and enjoying a local ale from the licensed bar. Have a go at pool or darts in the games room or relax into a good

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    Royal Mile Backpackers

    Royal Mile Backpackers is a small and lively hostel with its own special character! Perfectly located on the Royal Mile, the most famous street in Edinburgh, Royal Mile Backpackers is the ideal place to stay for the independent traveller. Our comfortable beds and cosy common areas will make you feel at home and our friendly staff are always on hand to help you make the most of your time in Edinburgh.

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    Hatters Hostels on Hilton Street

    Hatters on Hilton Street brings new meaning to ‘flash packing’! Your ideal choice for city centre accommodation in the heart of the bohemian Northern Quarter, with a combination of hotel quality en suite rooms with the social atmosphere of an international travellers’ hostel. Catering for groups of all sizes and independent travellers, you can enjoy the benefits of WiFi, breakfast, en suite and standard rooms, large communal and outdoor areas, and enthusiastic, informative staff. Full board or half board

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    Hunstanton Backpackers & Yha

    Available for sole use, family rooms or individuals. Hunstanton Backpackers and YHA is suitable for schools, family & friends get-togethers & uniformed groups. Greatly improved recently, including adding en suites, 3* VisitEngland approved. An ideal affordable family break or activity getaway for walking, cycling, bird watching or fun on the beach. The Norfolk Coast Path, serviced by Coasthopper Bus, goes through stunning beaches, great for wildlife, or catch a boat to Seal Island. Rooms are bunkrooms of various sizes or

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    Swanage Auberge Bunkhouse

    Swanage Auberge, the bunkhouse that cares, is a refuge for climbers, walkers and divers, situated at the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast with excellent walking, diving and rock climbing on the doorstep. The bunkhouse is in the centre of Swanage town, a stone’s throw from the South West Coast Path and all local amenities - pubs, shops, restaurants etc. Swanage Auberge is family run and self-contained with central heating, fully equipped self-catering kitchen, drying and laundry facilities and a

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    The Ceilidh Place Bunkhouse

    The Ceilidh Place, in the centre of Ullapool, is a unique small complex, consisting of a music venue/performance space, restaurant, hotel, bar, bookshop, coffee shop, gallery and bunkhouse. There are regular ceilidhs, concerts & plays. The bunkhouse (group only) does not have self-catering facilities but the coffee shop is open from 8.30am to late evening, all week including weekends. Rooms are also available in the hotel. The village of Ullapool is a small exciting port and fishing town, with ferries from the Outer Hebrides. Hill walkers and families especially love staying here.

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    River House Hostel

    This family run 4* hostel in the heart of Cardiff was voted number 1 in Hostelworld’s list of best hostels. Opened in 2007 to rave reviews, the brother and sister team have made sure this will be the best hostel experience you will come across on your travels. With fabulous views of the world famous Millennium Stadium and River Taff and the central train and bus stations just 5 mins’ walk away. What’s stopping you?

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    Clink78

    Clink78 is a social backpacker’s hostel, providing simple yet comfortable accommodation in the centre of London. The hostel provides a basic breakfast and free WiFi throughout. Set in a 200 year old courthouse, original Victorian features combine with bold and colourful interior design to create a unique, characterful hostel.

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    Pitlochry Backpackers Hotel

    Located in the centre of beautiful Pitlochry, this friendly, cosy hostel is an old Victorian hotel literally bursting with character and providing dorms and en suite private rooms. Comfy beds come with fitted sheets, duvets and 2 fluffy pillows and private rooms have fresh towels. The bright spacious lounge has comfy sofas and as many free hot drinks as you can drink. There’s free WiFi, games, musical instruments and a free pool table. A great place to meet like minded people. You won’t want to leave!

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    Skye Backpackers

    Skye Backpackers is in the fishing village of Kyleakin, surrounded by mountains and sea. Whether you are coming to Skye to tackle the mighty mountains, meet the legendary faeries or simply want somewhere to chill out, Skye Backpackers is for you. The hostel has dorm, double and twin rooms and all beds come with sheets, duvets and 2 pillows. There is also a fully equipped self-catering kitchen, a sunny dining area, as much free tea, coffee & hot chocolate as you can drink. Free WiFi.

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    Ocean Backpackers

    Ocean Backpackers, close to the picturesque Ilfracombe Harbour, is a clean and friendly hostel offering excellent facilities for walkers, cyclists, surfers, families, schools and activity groups. Fully self-catering with fabulous facilities including a communal lounge (free wi-fi), bike/surfboard storage, a wet suit drying area and free parking. Ilfracombe has an abundance of cafes, galleries, shops and restaurants and the Harbour is home to Damien Hirst's statue Verity. A warm welcome awaits.

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    Kendal Hostel

    Kendal Hostel is a Georgian town house in the centre of the historic market town of Kendal. The hostel has a fully trained Blue Badge Guide and famous cats George and Maisie. The log burner and free Pool Table are very popular in the Winter. The secure cycling shed and proximity to the West Coast Rail line are great for cycle tourists. Family run, friendly hostel, a home from home.

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    Exeter Globe Backpackers

    Globe Backpackers offers clean, comfortable and friendly self-catering accommodation with both dormitory and private rooms in an 18th century townhouse just a few minutes walk from Exeter’s city centre with its Gothic cathedral, picturesque historic waterway and quay and wide range of shops, pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants. This 2000 year old city of Exeter is a real jewel in the crown – miss it and you will miss out!

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    Corran House

    Experience a warm welcome & value accommodation in Oban for singles, couples, families and groups. Enjoy a large self-catering kitchen, spacious TV lounge, comfortable rooms & big beds. Corran House is perfect for exploring Argyll and the inner Hebrides & is close to the bus, train and ferry. Downstairs try MarkieDans bar for tasty meals, live music and great highland hospitality.

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    Hatters Hostels Liverpool

    Your ideal choice for city central accommodation, Hatters Liverpool has combined hotel quality en suite rooms with the social atmosphere of an international travellers’ hostel. Catering for groups of all sizes and independent travellers, you can enjoy the comforts of WiFi, continental breakfast, en suite rooms, large communal areas and enthusiastic, informative staff. We also offer full board or half board options for groups of over 15. Conveniently located for all city centre attractions and transport links, ask the

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    Alnwick Youth Hostel

    Once the town’s Court House, the accommodation now offered at Alnwick Youth Hostel is much less austere. Opened in 2011, this family friendly 4 star hostel is sure to meet the needs of every traveller, with a variety of en suite rooms, cosy lounge, games room and a bright and airy dining room. The hostel’s town centre location makes it ideal for a visit to historic Alnwick Castle, of recent Downton Abbey and Harry Potter fame, and to The Alnwick

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    Campbeltown Backpackers

    The Campbeltown Backpackers is housed in the Old Schoolhouse, a Grade B listed building. The hostel offers easy access to the facilities of Campbeltown including swimming pool, gym, cinema and distillery tours, it is a good stop along the Kintyre Way which gives walkers spectacular views of the surrounding islands. The area also enjoys very good wind surfing, surfing, mountain bike routes and other major cycle trails.

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    Carlisle City Hostel

    Carlisle City Hostel is Carlisle’s only independent hostel. Located on picturesque Abbey Street, the building is an old Georgian terrace that can accommodate up to 20 guests. There is a communal kitchen for you to prepare your own meals, communal lounge with TV, DVDs and book swap and a dining room. Free tea, coffee and WiFi is available in communal areas. All prices include a basic breakfast. Secure bicycle and luggage storage is located in the large cellar. Come and

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    Northshorebude

    A relaxed place with a variety of bedrooms and large garden. Close to town, beaches and South West Coastal Path. No stag groups please. An ideal base to see the South West’s attractions: The Eden Project, Tintagel Castle, The Tamar Lakes, Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor. There are competition standard surfing beaches nearby. Families with children aged over 5 welcome. Meet old friends or make new ones, on the deck, in the lounge or around the dining room

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    Igloo Hybrid

    Located on Market Square, right in the centre of Nottingham, Igloo Hybrid is Nottingham’s most popular choice for budget-minded travellers. Opened in 2015, it offers a clean, safe and warm overnight stay for great value prices. Facilities include a fully equipped self-catering kitchen, free WiFi throughout, power showers, lockers, lounge with internet access, outdoor courtyard and laundry facilities. There are dorms beds with memory foam mattresses and reading lights, inspired SleepBox quarters for 1 or 2 people as well as

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    James John Hamilton House

    James John Hamilton House is a brand new conversion of the first free school in Fishguard, built in 1850 by James John Hamilton. The house provides comfortable, characterful self-catering accommodation for 10 people in four private rooms. Across the garden is Hamilton House Backpackers with an extra 9 beds. Its close to the centre of Fishguard with its pubs & cafes. The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path passes through the town and communities of grey seals and dolphins are regularly seen in the local harbours.

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    Dover Castle Hostel and Flatshares

    Dover Castle Hostel and Flatshares, located close to London Bridge in Central London (Zone 1), offers backpackers great value, short and long stay accommodation. Located in the centre of the city. It is walking distance to sights such as Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, London Dungeon, Shakespeare’s Globe, Tate Modern and the London Eye. Prices include free breakfast and free WiFi. The hostel has a guest kitchen and common room, free luggage room, a laundry service as well as a

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    Jessie Macs

    In the centre of Birnam just 10 mins’ walk from Dunkeld, this refurbished Victorian manse offers a mix of self-catering hostel and B&B accommodation. Your perfect base to discover the mountains, waters, rich culture and heritage of Big Tree Country. Jessie Mac’s has doubles, bunk rooms and family rooms, all en suite. One double has wheelchair access.

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    Bristol Backpackers Hostel

    Bristol’s most central backpacker hostel. Clean & comfortable beds - mixed/single sex dorms - private rooms- individual bathrooms & free hot showers - free linen - large self-catering kitchen - free tea, coffee & hot chocolate. Late night basement bar - piano & guitar room - DVD lounge - free WiFi - luggage storage room - laundrette. Run by backpackers for backpackers - No curfew after check in.

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Independent City, Backpackers and Boutique hostels cater for independent travellers who want to explore the UK particularly by public transport. Mainly aimed at young independent travellers from overseas who are visiting the UK often as part of a Gap Year they are a great place to meet people and make new friends with many hostels offering social evenings such as pub crawls and quizzes. Young visitors find that these hostels provide friendly, convenient and safe places to base thier explorations of the UK’s greatest cities and tourist attractions.  UK residents also find them fantastic bases for affordable city breaks or visits to iconic areas of the country.

City, Backpackers and Boutique hostels are situated in cities and notable tourist locations around England, Scotland and Wales.  London, Birmingham, Manchester, York, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Cardiff are all well represented as well as the the famous tourist areas of England and Wales such as the Lake District, Cornwall and Snowdonia.  In Scotland where the tradition of travelling from hostel to hostel as part of a tour has existed for longer there are Backpacker style hostels in the smaller cities of Pitlochry, Fort William and Oban and also in the rural but iconic locations in the Highlands and Islands  that have attracted visitors for generations.

Providing good value accommodation in bunk rooms, where you can book a bed, or private group or family rooms, City, Backpackers and Boutique hostels frequently include breakfast in their prices and all have good self-catering facilities to keep the cost of a UK city break to a minimum. In recent years the city hostels in particular have invested heavily in upgrading their accommodation so that many of the hostels in this list benefit from modern upgrades and funky decor which making them unique, exciting places to stay. 

You might be surprised to know that a hostel is often the best located accommodation for taking a city break and with self catering available they are ideal for those on a budget.  Many hostels have prime city centre locations and private en-suite rooms are available for couples and groups as well as beds in shared rooms.   Hostels are social places and they have social areas like cafes, restaurants and bars where you are expected to hang out and meet your fellow guests.  Free wifi and a kitchen are pretty Standard in most hostels.