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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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    Harlow International Hostel

    Harlow International Hostel is in the centre of a landscaped park and is one of the oldest buildings in Harlow. The town of Harlow is your ideal base for exploring 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. Meals can be provided for groups. There’s a children’s zoo, orienteering course and outdoor pursuits centre in the park.

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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.The Albatross offers the perfect city centre base for international travellers, walkers, cyclists, and bikers.

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    Kipps Canterbury

    Perfect for backpackers, visitors or small groups looking for self-catering budget accommodation in Canterbury. A short walk from the town centre and Canterbury Cathedral. A great base for day trips to Dover, Leeds Castle and local beaches. There is a dining room, TV lounge, garden, a fully equipped kitchen, a small shop & cycle hire.

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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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    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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    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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    Alnwick Youth Hostel

    This family friendly 4* hostel has en suite rooms, cosy lounge, games room and a spacious dining room. Located in the centre of town it is ideal for Alnwick Castle, of Downton Abbey and Harry Potter fame and Alnwick Garden. The coast, with castles at Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh, Farne Isles, magical Holy Island and glorious sandy beaches is just a 15 drive. While inland there’s the Cheviot Hills & Hadrian’s Wall.

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    Falmouth Lodge Backpackers

    Judi has moved back from Grenada in the West Indies to be your host at Falmouth Lodge. Relaxed, friendly and clean, Falmouth Lodge Backpackers is just two minutes’ walk from the Blue Flag beach of Gyllyngvase and the South West Coast Path and eight minutes’ walk into town and the harbour. Free parking. No curfew. Complimentary tea, coffee and breakfast. Well-equipped kitchen and cosy lounge with TV/DVD and games.

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    Carlisle City Hostel

    Carlisle’s only independent hostel. Located on picturesque Abbey Street, the building is an old Georgian terrace accommodating up to 20 guests. There is a communal kitchen, lounge with TV, DVDs and book swap and a dining room. Free tea, coffee and WiFi in communal areas. Prices include basic breakfast. A great place from which to explore Carlisle, The Tuille House MuseumThe Eden Valley, Hadrien’s Wall and more The staff look forward to welcoming you as their guest to hostel and the city.

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    Hatters Hostels on Newton Street

    Hatters is Manchester’s favourite funky hostel located in the city centre. The ideal base from which to explore the north west of England and the music, sport and shopping Manchester offers. Perfect for independent travellers or groups. Try the free all-day continental breakfast in the sociable kitchen. Catered options for groups. The knowledgeable and friendly staff will be your guide to all the city has to offer.

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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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    Staykation Hotel For Backpackers

    Perfect for backpackers and budget travellers. This friendly hostel offers a warm welcome to all its guests. In the centre of Plymouth just 10 mins from the train and bus stations and within easy walking distance of 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. Facilities include a small well equipped self-catering kitchen, a common room, free linen, towels & wifi. The dorm beds each have their own power light and lockers.

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    Igloo Hybrid

    On Market Square, right in the centre of the Nottingham. Igloo offers great value and comfort. Rooms are decorated using locally sourced, up-cycled furniture and feature street art murals. With a fully equipped self-catering kitchen, free WiFi, power showers, lockers, lounge, outdoor courtyard and laundry facilities. Igloo Annexe & Pods, offers further accommodation with the same standard.

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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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    Deepdale Backpackers

    Deepdale Backpackers offers a range of comfortable self-catering rooms with private en suite shower and toilet facilities, plus single sex dorms. All bedding is provided, just BYO towels. With underfloor heating throughout, laundry & drying facilities, all rooms have shared access to a large well equipped kitchen, communal dining area and living room with TV and woodburner.

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    Exeter Globe Backpackers

    Globe Backpackers offers clean, comfortable, self catering accommodation. It is just a few minutes’ walk from Exeter’s city centre with its cathedral, picturesque historic waterway, quay and wide range of shops, pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants.

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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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    Ocean Backpackers

    Close to the picturesque Ilfracombe Harbour, this clean and friendly hostel offers fantastic facilities for walkers, cyclists, surfers, families, schools and activity groups. Providing self-catering accommodation with great facilities including, communal lounge (free WiFi), bike/surfboard storage, drying area and free parking. Ilfracombe is full of cafés, galleries, shops and restaurants and is home to Damien Hirst’s statue Verit.

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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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    Kipps Brighton

    Kipps is situated in the centre of Brighton, with views of the Royal Pavilion. Perfect for exploring all of Brighton’s attractions including the beach, Brighton Pier, The Lanes and The Brighton Eye. Enjoy great value, comfortable accommodation with excellent facilities, including a lounge, games room & self-catering kitchen. Nightly events (eg pizza nights) are organised for you to meet the other guests and the friendly, helpful staff.

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    Embassie Liverpool Backpackers

    The Embassie is a majestic terraced house in an unspoilt Georgian square, until 1986 it was the Consulate of Venezuela! Only 15 minutes’ walk from the centre of Liverpool, known for its nightlife, its in the perfect position. Recently refurbished, there are new kitchen facilities, a brand new shower suite and an all new games room & relax area with Sky Sports and HD television. The hostel is clean, safe and staffed 24 hours. Bedding is provided (including sheets) and free coffee, tea, toast and jam are available 24 hours.

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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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    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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    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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    Travel Joy Hostel

    Travel Joy is centrally located between Chelsea and The Houses of Parliament and overlooks the Thames. There is bicycle dock and a 24-hour bus outside the door to Victoria Station, Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Soho, Oxford St. & Camden. On-site European & Thai restaurant and tour/theatre-tickets desk. Free tea/coffee/soft drinks. Free WiFi. The hostel has a large bar, a great place to relax and socialise, with fellow guests. You can BBQ on the terrace or hang out in the common room.

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    Rock and Bowl

    The Rock n Bowl Hostel is in the heart of Bristol. It occupies 2 floors of an historic 1930s building with The Lanes, a bowling alley, bar and club venue on the ground floor (hostel quests get great discounts). With its huge range of rooms there will be a bed to suit your budget. And everyone gets a free breakfast! Facilities include a well equipped large kitchen, lounge with Sky TV including Sky Sports/BT Sports, free WiFi & laundry.

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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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    Hebden Bridge Hostel

    Expect a warm welcome at Hebden Bridge Hostel. Comfy and welcoming, with private rooms and dorm beds from £15. Nestled into woodland only a short walk from the town centre, and less than 500m from the ‘Hebden Bridge Loop on the Pennine Way’ the hostel makes the perfect base for hiking, sight-seeing, relaxing or experiencing Hebden Bridge’s vibrant café, music, arts & culture.

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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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    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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    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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    Crystal Palace Lodge

    In 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. Sports bookings, group bookings, children and coach parties are welcome. Visitors have discounted use of the sports centre. Single and twin rooms with shared bathrooms or triple rooms with en suite. Full catering is available.

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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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    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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    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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    Hatters Hostels Birmingham

    Your perfect base for exploring central Birmingham, Hatters has combined hotel quality en suite accommodation with the social buzz of an international hostel. Groups of all sizes and independent travellers will enjoy FREE WiFi & breakfast, large communal areas and helpful staff. Full/half board possible for larger groups. Ask about discounts for Cadbury’s World, Warwick Castle, The Sealife Centre and other attractions.

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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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    Halifax College Hostel

    Within walking distance of Heslington Village and the University of York campus. Halifax College is the perfect base for exploring York. The city is famous for iconic York Minster, exquisite architecture, The Shambles, boutique shopping, a vibrant café and restaurant culture and world class museums such as the National Railway Museum and the unique Jorvik Centre. All rooms are self-catering and single occupancy with a wash basin and the use of shared bathroom and kitchen within each house.

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    Euro Hostel Liverpool

    Right in the heart of the city and a perfect base from which to experience Liverpool’s legendary night life, shopping and waterfront walks. Backpackers, couples, families and groups are all welcomed. 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 or 8 in bunks with private TV lounge and en suite facilities. The Hatch bar serves meals including breakfast and is a great live music venue as well as providing good quality food and drink. Car Park discounts provided on check out).

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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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    Bath Ymca

    Bath YMCA offers great value accommodation. Centrally located all the sights of this World Heritage City are easily reached on foot. With 210 beds, Bath YMCA specialises in making guests feel comfortable. There is a fully air conditioned lounge area with TV, laundry, lockers, pool and football table, WiFi. Couples, families, groups and backpackers are all welcome.

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    Lake District Backpackers

    In the heart of Windermere, close to shops, cafes and pubs, 2 minutes from the train & bus station and opposite the TIC and tour offices. Easy access to the National Park 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 this friendly, cosy hostel.

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    Stableside York

    A 4 Star rated hostel in the historic and beautiful city of York and right by York Racecourse. Perfect for enjoying York’s shopping, Yorvik, the Transport Museum or Yorkshire. Stableside offers a variety of room options and can cater for all from the single traveller to larger groups. A sports field adjoins the complex and the centre lies on the NCN Route 65 which gives traffic free access into the centre of town. Catered packages available.

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    Penzance Backpackers

    Whether you’re looking for sandy beaches and sheltered coves, the storm lashed cliffs of Land’s End, sub-tropical gardens, international artists, the remains of ancient cultures, or just somewhere to relax and take time out, Penzance Backpackers is for you. Situated close to the sea front, and the town centre. Linen is provided. Lots of local information and a warm welcome all included.

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    Kyle Blue

    Moored in the heart of Bristol’s historic harbour, only a five minute stroll to the city centre. The Kyle Blue Hostel Boat is a converted Dutch Barge with private and shared cabins and a spacious upper deck providing fabulous views of the harbour from its tranquil lounge and well equipped self-catering kitchen. Great for independent travellers or small groups wanting to visit this vibrant city. Sleeping is in various sized cabins with private shower rooms. The Kyle Blue is moored in a residential area so no noise after 11pm.

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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. Once a 17th century water mill 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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    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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    Wayfarers Independent Hostel

    Close to Penrith town centre and perfect for those on the C2C cycle route. Excellent value accommodation to those visiting Penrith, the Eden Valley and the North Lake District National Park. Bike cleaning and maintenance facilities and bike hire on site. Full kitchen and dining facilities, en suite rooms with made up beds, lockers, bedside lights, Individuals, small parties and groups of up to 18 are welcome.

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    Bunkhouse Plus

    In the heart of Weymouth, the gateway to the Jurassic coast. With a mixture of bunk rooms with the ‘Plus’ of double en suite rooms. Close to the town centre, the safe swimming waters of the beach and the old harbour which hosts fantastic festivals of the sea. Go wind and kite surfing, fishing, sailing, diving or rock climbing. Sole use is available for 23. Facilities include large self-catering kitchen, lounge with Freeview TV and DVD. Not stag/hen or party groups.

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    Dover Castle Hostel and Flatshares

    Dover Castle Hostel and Flatshare are close to London Bridge in Central London. Backpackers enjoy budget short and long stay accommodation within walking distance of Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, London Dungeon, Shakespeare’s Globe, Tate Modern & the London Eye. The hostel has a guest kitchen & common room, free luggage room, a laundry service as well as a late guest bar with pool table. If you want to stay for longer you can rent rooms in Dover Castle house/flatshares.

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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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    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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    Hatters Hostels Liverpool

    Hatters Liverpool combines hotel quality en suite rooms with the social buzz of an international hostel. Conveniently located for all city centre attractions and transport links it’s your perfect base for experiencing the heart and soul of Liverpool. Full/half board options for larger groups. Ask at the reception about discounts to Alton Towers, Beatles tours, football stadium tours, Albert Docks and many other FREE adventures.

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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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    Clink78

    In the centre of London in a 200 year old courthouse, Clink78 combines original features with modern interior design to create a friendly unique hostel. In the heart of King’s Cross, with easy tube access the whole city. The friendly team will happily help with your itinerary and provided discounted attraction tickets. Kitchen, games area, TV/film lounge. Meet new people in The ClashBAR.

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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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    Hatters Hostels on Hilton Street

    Hatters on Hilton Street combines hotel quality en suite accommodation with the social buzz of an international hostel. Located in the heart of the bohemian Northern Quarter of Manchester, it’s your perfect base for all city centre attractions & transport links. Full/half board options for larger groups. Ask about discounts to Alton Towers, about Man Utd & City football stadium tours and about all that is FREE to do in Manchester!

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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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    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 yo?

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    Sparrowhawk Backpackers

    A small, friendly eco-hostel in the centre of Moretonhampstead in the Dartmoor National Park, popular with cyclists, hikers, bikers, wild swimmers, artists and photographers, A beautifully converted, fully equipped stable, with solar-heated showers and a secure bike shed. High open moorland, rocky tors ancient burial sites & stone circles and clear rivers are close by. Moretonhampstead has shops, cafés, art gallery/studios and pubs. CTC/ Cicerone LeJoG and Dartmoor Way cycle routes are on the doorstep.

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    Northshorebude

    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 or as a stop off on the South West Coast Path. 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 table after cooking up a storm in the fully fitted kitchen.

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    Cohort Hostel

    Located in the centre of St Ives, Cohort is a stylish, friendly hostel. Great facilities include a hot shower in the courtyard for surfers, through to a laundry/drying room. The on-site 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 guest kitchen.Free tea and coffee before 10am. Walk outside to find cafes, bars, galleries, 5 spectacular beaches & the coastal path!

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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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    Kendal Hostel

    Kendal Hostel is a family run hostel set in, a Georgian townhouse in the historic market town of Kendal, right in front of the well known Brewery Arts Centre and only a stone’s throw from the town centre. 13 bedrooms sleep up to 68 guests which are welcome to use the Kitchen, Lounge, Dining Room, Bike Shed and FREE Wi-Fi.

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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.