Independent city, backpackers and boutique hostels cater for young people who want to explore the UK.
Situated in major cities and tourist destinations they are close to the excitement of the city centres and public transport hubs.
These exciting places to stay provide great located, good value accommodation, in dorms and private rooms. There are often bar and cafes and communal kitchens.
Using this website you can make a booking, secure in the knowledge that no booking fees are being charged to you or the accommodation owner.
Backpackers & Boutique Hostels in UK Cities
261-265 Gray's Inn Road, King's Cross, London, WC1X 8QT
One of London’s top backpacker hostels, Clink261 offers simple, comfortable, self-catering accommodation in the city centre. King’s Cross is a creative area close to the British Museum, Covent Garden & Camden Market or a short tube ride to Piccadilly Circus & Leicester Square. Guests can go round the corner to Clink78 (also in this guide) for entertainment and good value drinks at the ClashBAR.
78 Kings Cross Road, King's Cross, London, WC1X 9QG
Looking at Clink, if you'd said its outward appearance resembles that of a court you'd be right. Inside the holding cells converted into rooms gives this away. But transformation from court to hostel isn't the only interesting piece of the buildings history...
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23 Hamilton Street, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire SA65 9HL
Hamilton Lodge - just one minute's walk from the centre of Fishguard and very close to the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. Comfortable and friendly, sleeping nine in total with an en suite double and two dorms. 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.
International House, Broad Street Place, Bath, BA1 5LH
If you're looking for great value accommodation in beautiful Bath you need look no further than Bath YMCA. With a total of 210 beds in dormitories and private quads, triples, doubles and singles there is a room to suit everybody. What's more the en suite rooms have all been refurbished for this season. If this isn't reason enough for staying at Bath YMCA then perhaps the FREE breakfast offered to everyone each morning will clinch it for you. Look out for the special offers when you book.
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Coiltie Farmhouse, East Lewiston, Drumnadrochit, Inverness, IV63 6UJ
This 18th-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. Residents-only bar offers over 50 Scottish beers and 25 Scotch whiskies. Hiking tours, fishing, watersports and mountain biking can all be arranged locally. Free parking. Pet-friendly (some rooms only - please contact us). Bike storage available except in Jul/Aug.
65 Union St., London SE1 1SG
The Rose and Crown, close to London Bridge in central London provides everything you need for your adventure. There is a double rooms and a choice of well designed bunkrooms. Enjoy the atmosphere and history of this great British pub with a wide selection of ales and spirits and an full English/Irish breakfast available in the morning.
71 Holloway Street, Exeter, EX2 4JD
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, cafés and restaurants.
The Green Man, 308 Edgware Road, Paddington, London W2 1DY
Spend your night above a pub, 5 mins from Paddington Station & experience the real & exciting local London. PubLove@The Green Man, has great transport connections to all the famous sites, 24 hour reception & bar, free WiFi, personal power sockets, bed screens & guest food & drink discounts. You can book by the bed or book a private room. There are friendly bar-staff who like to chat, so ask about places to go and the events happening because there’s nothing better then advice from a local.
18 Chapel Street, Mumbles, SA3 4NH
Opened in summer 2019, The Chapel House is Swansea’s only boutique hostel. Catering for travellers from around the world, it is nestled between the Castle and the Lighthouse, in the heart of the Mumbles.
Just 5 minutes away from Swansea centre and The Wales Coast Path. Within walking distance of great surf, walking and climbing. The perfect base for those seeking adventure on the Gower!
9 Gyllyngvase Terrace, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 4DL
Relaxed, friendly and clean, Falmouth Lodge Backpackers is just two minutes’ walk from the Blue Flag Gyllyngvase beach and the South West Coast Path. Only eight minutes’ walk into town with its exotic gardens, art galleries, Maritime Museum, Pendennis Castle, and the harbour. Free parking and WiFi. Complimentary tea, coffee and breakfast. Well-equipped kitchen and cosy lounge.
Kintyre Amenity Trust, Big Kiln, Campbeltown, Argyll, PA28 6JF
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 windsurfing, surfing, mountain bike routes and other major cycle trails.
21 Longridge Road, London, SW5 9SB
A family run hostel in central London. Keeping true to what hosteling is all about.
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36 Abbey Street, Carlisle, CA3 8TX
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 & book swap and a dining room. Free tea, coffee and WiFi . Prices include a basic breakfast. A great place from which to explore Carlisle, the Tuille House Museum, the Eden Valley, Hadrian’s Wall and more. The staff look forward to welcoming you as their guest to the hostel & the city.
PubLove@The Crown,102 Lavender Hill,London, SW11 5RD
The Crown similarly to all hostels in the Publove family offer stylish lodgings with a whole host of benefits. Namely a 10% discount on food and (arguably more importantly) drink.
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Murthly Terrace, Birnam, Dunkeld PH8 0BG
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.
1 North St, Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3PR
A live music venue and travellers’ hostel at the heart of Bristol’s arts and cultural area, Stokes Croft, just 10 minutes’ walk from the city centre and bus station. This historic coaching inn is not the place for an early night, as guests get free entry to live music and DJs at the Full Moon’s Attic Bar. Beds are available in dorms and private rooms. There is kitchen, common room and a courtyard with plenty of opportunities to get to know people from around the world.
Muddisdale Road, Kirkwall, KW15 1RS
Orcades Hostel in Kirkwall, the capital of Orkney, is an excellent base for exploring the Isles. Accommodation is in doubles, twins, 4 & 6 bedded rooms. Each bedroom has en suite toilet/shower rooms. TVs and all bedding is provided. There is a stylish kitchen, a lounge with DVD & games and WiFi throughout the building.
A warm and friendly welcome awaits you at this comfortable 4 star hostel.
Igloo Hybrid, 4-6 Eldon Chambers, Wheeler Gate, Nottingham, NG1 2NS
On Market Square, right in the centre of Nottingham, Igloo offers great value and comfort. Decorated using up-cycled furniture and street art murals, with a self-catering kitchen, free WiFi, power showers, lockers, lounge, outdoor courtyard and laundry facilities. The Pods & Annexe offer further rooms with the same standard. The Igloo SHED is our newly addition with ensuite room.
The White Ferry House, 1 Sutherland Street, London, SW1V 4LD
The White Ferry House is a stunning Victorian flat-iron building steeped in history. It provides accommodation in central London, close to Victoria, The Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. In the traditional pub atmosphere you can enjoy chilling out and playing board games, locally sourced drinks and award-winning burgers. There's a 24 hour reception, free WiFi, individual power sockets and guest food & drink discounts. Publove@The White Ferry offers a classic night out and a great location for exploring London by day.
17 St Stephen's Street, Bristol, BS1 1EQ
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.
19 Brunswick Square, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 7LR
Close to Penrith town centre and perfect for 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 welcome.
Bank Street, Fort William, PH33 6AY
Bank Street Lodge is 100 metres from Fort William High Street with its shops, pubs & restaurants. There is a fully equipped kitchen with cooker, fridge, microwave, cutlery and crockery. The common room lounge has a TV, it also provides tables and chairs for meals and a snack vending machine. All bedding is provided. Some rooms are en-suite (twins, doubles and family). The en-suite rooms have recently been refurbished. WiFi is also available. 3 Star STB rating.
13 School Lane, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2QD
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.
34 - 38 Green Batt, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1TU
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 minute drive. While inland the Cheviot Hills & Hadrian’s Wall await you.
13 Beaufort Square, Chepstow, NP16 5EP (Car park NP16 5LL)
Green Man Backpackers offers inspired accommodation in a Grade ll building in the heart of Chepstow. Chepstow is the starting/finishing point for Offa’s Dyke path, the Wales Coast Path, Gloucester Way and the Wye Valley Walk. The Land’s End/John O’Groats route is just 1 mile away. The Forest of Dean & Wye Valley AONB are also nearby.
Alltsigh, Inverness. IV63 7YD
Perched right on the banks of Loch Ness, the Lochside Hostel has fantastic views up and down the loch and can give you direct access to the water’s edge. Why not go for a dip in Scotland’s largest water body? Take a walk to watch for wildlife? Or even hunt the elusive Nessie?
The Great Glen walking route passes the front door, and the End to End cycle route is nearby. Drumnadrochit is just 12 miles away by boat.
The Bunker, Victoria Square, Portland, Dorset, DT5 1AL
The Bunker is on the South West Coastal Path, with Chesil Beach on its doorstep and world class sport climbing, diving sites and water-sports a short distance away. Sleeping up to 18 in 6 private bunk rooms, each with a shower and sink, The Bunker offers bunk & breakfast and self-catering accommodation for groups and individuals. It has a large communal area, kitchen with tea and coffee making facilities and free WiFi. Packed lunches and evening meals available on request.
Kincaids Court, Guthrie Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JT
During the Summer and Festival, Euro Hostel Edinburgh Halls offers you choice and comfort at budget friendly prices.
Apartments for 3 - 12, private twin and single rooms. Perfect for any event in Edinburgh, sports fans, hen/stag parties and backpackers. Five mins walk from the Grassmarket. Open June, July and August. Continental Breakfast £5.
Deepdale Farm, Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk, PE31 8DD
Deepdale Backpackers offers a range of comfortable, private, en suite rooms, plus single sex dorms. All bedding is provided, BYO towels. Facilities include a large well equipped kitchen, communal dining area & living room, underfloor heating throughout & laundry/drying facilities. More accommodation is available for groups at Deepdale Groups Hostel (also in the guide) which is on the same site.
Dalmally Road, Inveraray, Argyll, PA32 8XD
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 is perfect for independent holidaymakers who enjoy socialising. The hostel offers simple, comfortable accommodation in private rooms & shared dorms, an excellent self-catering kitchen, communal dining area and a cosy wee lounge.
51 Grove Road, Bow, London E3 4PE
Park Villa Boutique Hostel is quite an amazing hostel. Managing to be clean, inviting, a great location all while remaining reasonably priced. Which considering it resides in trendy East London is quite impressive
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Breadalbane Street, Oban, PA34 5NZ
Perfectly situated in the heart of Oban, the gateway to the Isles, just 10 mins’ walk from the bus, train & ferry terminals, this friendly hostel is a great place to stay and unwind. The fabulous sociable lounge has a real fire, pool table, free WiFi, comfy sofas and unlimited free hot drinks. The kitchen is fully equipped, perfect for cooking your favourite meals. Large dorm beds come complete with bedding including 2 comfy pillows. The hot powerful showers are legendary! Knowledgeable and friendly staff will help you make the most of your time in Oban.
58 Coventry Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5NH
Birmingham Central Backpackers, as the name suggests is a backpacker hostel in central Birmingham. A friendly atmosphere and great location make this perfect for taking the city.
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PubLove@The Steam Engine, 41-42 Cosser Street, London, SE1 7BU
The Steam engine is one of six hostel/bar hybrids from PubLove. Excelling at offering cheap accommodation in London.
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9 Bridewell Street, Bristol, BS1 2QD
Bristol Wing will be closed until next March 2021.
This modern hostel, in the historic old police headquarters, is in the heart of the city centre. A mix of private, en suite and dorm rooms makes it ideal for single travellers, couples and families. Close to the bus station, just 20 mins from Bristol Temple Meads and perfectly located for Bristol’s best shopping from the independent shops of Park Street & Clifton, to big name brands in Cabot Circus or quirky market stalls in St Nicholas’s Market. Meeting rooms are available next door where there is also a conference room and events space which can seat up to 220 people.
318 Clyde Street, Glasgow, G1 4NR
Glasgow city centre budget accommodation in mix of en suite private rooms, dorms and VIP suites for groups of 1-20. All rooms are en-suite with mobile cable charging stations. Free superfast WiFi. Perfect for shopping, sports events, gigs & exhibitions. Ideal for individuals & groups. Enjoy ‘All You Can Eat’ buffet breakfasts (£5pp), meal deals and drink promos in the bar.
Just 5 mins from Central Station.
45 Ford Street, Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor, Devon, TQ13 8LN
A small, friendly eco-hostel in the centre of Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park. Popular with cyclists, hikers, bikers, wild swimmers, artists and photographers, A beautifully converted stone stable, with solar-heated showers, kitchen, courtyard, BBQ and secure bike shed. High open moorland, rocky tors, ancient burial sites, stone circles, woods and clear rivers close by. Moretonhampstead has shops, cafés, art galleries and pubs. On the Cicerone LEJOG, Dartmoor Way and CTC cycle routes.
The Blue Dolphin, Alexandra Road, Penzance, TR18 4LZ
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, accommodation is mostly in small bunk-bedded rooms. Linen is provided. Lots of local information and a warm welcome all included.
1 Little Stonegate, York, YO1 8AX
Bedrooms designed and decorated by local artists make the fort truly stand out. Right in the middle of the historic City of York allow for easy exploration. With excellent rooms to come back to The Fort is surely somewhere you'll be desperate to revisit.
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Plas Porth Yr Aur, 2 High Street, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 1RN
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.
Wapping Wharf, Museum Street, Bristol BS1 6GW
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.
14 West Argyle St. Ullapool, IV26 2TY
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.
Benmhor, Kyleakin, Skye, IV41 8PH
Whether your visit to Skye is to tackle the mighty mountains, meet the legendary faeries or simply to chill out, Skye Backpackers is the place for you. Located in the fishing village of Kyleakin surrounded by mountains and sea, the hostel has dorm, double and twin rooms. All beds come with sheets, duvets and 2 pillows. There is a fully equipped self-catering kitchen, a sunny dining area, as much free tea, coffee & hot chocolate as you can drink, free WiFi, a cosy lounge with a real fire and spectacular views.
134 Atholl Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5AB
Located in the centre of beautiful Pitlochry, this friendly, cosy hostel is an old Victorian hotel literally bursting with character and provides dormitory 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!
22 Nelson Street, Bristol, BS1 2LE
High above the bowling alley/ club venue sits Rock and Bowl. An eclectic hostel just meant for fun loving independent travelers.
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47 Walpole Street, Weymouth, DT4 7HQ
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 & the old harbour which hosts fantastic festivals of the sea. Go wind and kite surfing, fishing, sailing, diving or rock climbing. Sole use possible for groups of up to 23. Facilities include large self-catering kitchen, lounge with Freeview TV & DVD. No stag/hen or party groups.
Alma Road, Fort William, PH33 6HB
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.
36 Waterloo Street, Brighton and Hove, BN3 1AY
Here at Seadragon Backpackers we would like to let it be known that we appreciate those who book direct with us. So much so we offer 10% off for those who book direct with us.
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118-120 Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4HE
Kendal Hostel, a Georgian townhouse in the historic market town of Kendal, is next to the well known Brewery Arts Centre and only a stone’s throw from the town centre. Facilities include 13 bedrooms for up to 65 guests, kitchen, lounge, dining room, bike shed and free WiFi. Single/double/family/group rooms plus mixed & single sex dorms.
51 Grainger Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5JE
Odd the name might well be Albatross hostel has won awards for its accommodation. Just five minutes away from the main transport links it offers affordable accommodation in the center of Newcastle.
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200 West Regent Street, Glasgow, G2 4DQ
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.
124 Holgate Road, York, YO24 4BB
York is best known for being a historic city with a rich past. But in more recent years there has been a rapidly growing alternative scene. Astor York is a perfect example this trend, while still keeping close to the historic roots of York.
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Bunoich Brae, Fort Augustus, PH32 4DG
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 facilities, excellent home-made cheap meal options, a rustic bar, free WiFi, bike hire and ample car parking.
Holywell House, Holywell Road, Newquay, TR7 2PB
Centrally located in Newquay, Blue Room Hostel offers a variety of accommodation. There is a bar and lounge. The Great Western and Tolcarne Beaches are within a 2-minute stroll and the famous surfing beach, Fistral Beach is 30 minutes' walk away.
45 High St, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 2LX
Family run, Swanage Auberge is a refuge for climbers, cyclists, walkers & divers at the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast. In the centre of Swanage, a stone’s throw from the South West Coast Path, there is excellent walking, mountain biking, diving and rock climbing close by. There is a fully equipped self-catering kitchen and a packed lunch service if required. Parking for 2 vehicles is available on a first come first served basis & free on-street parking is close by.
1 Falkner Square, Liverpool, L8 7NU
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, it's 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.
The Walrus Bar and Hostel, 172 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7RW
The Walrus is a multi-award-winning hostel above a bar, with staff who are famous for their genuine friendliness and humour. It has a fantastic location only a short 10 minutes' walk from Big Ben and the House of Parliament and all-inclusive hostel prices. It consistently ranks among the top 5 hostels in London. The bar is a crossroads of local and international guests with a laid back atmosphere, a quirky cocktail menu and real ales on tap.
The Stennack, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1FF
Located in the centre of St Ives, Cohort is sytlish and comfortable. Great facilities include a hot shower in the courtyard for surfers, through to a laundry & dry room. The on-site bar is cheap; there’s a big guest kitchen; free super fast WiFi, a TV room & comfortable pod beds - all with USB ports, lights, curtains & under-bed storage. Free tea & coffee before 10am. Walk outside to find cafés, bars, galleries, Tate St Ives and four spectacular beaches. The SW Coast Path is 5 minutes from the front door.
15 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2PW
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. The historic Royal Mile, the busy pubs, the late-late nightlife of Grassmarket and Cowgate are all only a short walk away. 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.
8 Culduthel Road, Inverness, IV2 4AB
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.
8 Blackfriars St., Edinburgh, EH1 1NE
The High Street Hostel is one of Europe’s best regarded and most atmospheric hostels. It is hugely popular with world travellers. Located just off the historic Royal Mile in a 470 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!
17 Tregrehan Mills, St. Austell, Cornwall, PL25 3TL
Welcome to this quirky, camino inspired eco hostel up-cycled from an old stable block to include mixed bunk rooms, a courtyard kitchen & a communal lounge.
It’s just a short leafy lane from the Eden Project situated on National Cycle Routes 2 & 3, two miles from the Northwest Coast Path at Carlyon Bay and close to the historic Saints Way pilgrimage trail. Walkers and cyclists are welcomed and pick-ups from the station or parking can be arranged.
The White House, Burniston Road, Scarborough, YO13 0DA
For a fun filled, seaside break Scarborough is unbeatable: two safe, sandy beaches, penny arcades, pirate ship, three surf schools and the 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.
13-27 Station Road, Wood Green, London N22 6UW
A multifaceted hostel also functioning as both a bar and an eclectic arts space for young creatives.
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4 Florence Rd, Portsmouth, Southsea PO5 2NE
Southsea Rocks Hotel has a variety of rooms from great value hotel rooms with en suite options to cool hostel dorms.
There are social areas, an outdoor courtyard to sit in the sun and space for guests to enjoy take outs from local restaurants. It is within walking distance of the castle, common and aquarium and is a great base for exploring other attractions including Portsmouth’s historic dockyard, Charles Dickens’ birthplace and The Mary Rose Museum.
PubLove @The Exmouth Arms, 1 Starcross Street, London, NW1 2HR
Trips out to London can often be soured when the price of accommodation comes to mind. But at Publove The Exmouth Arms beds start from just £15.
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The Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge, W Yorks, HX7 8DG
Expect a warm welcome at Hebden Bridge Hostel. Comfy and welcoming, nestled into woodland, it is only a short walk from the town centre and less than 500m from the Hebden Bridge Loop on the Pennine Way.
A perfect base for hiking, sight-seeing, relaxing or experiencing Hebden Bridge’s vibrant cafés, music, arts and culture.
51/52 Market Place Kingston Upon Hull HU1 1RQ
In the heart of historic Hull this hostel is aimed at the individual traveller, small groups, cyclists and families. Perfect for visiting Hull’s art exhibitions & attractions, like the newly opened Hull Bonus Arena. Family and en-suite rooms, self-catering kitchen and vibrant coffee lounge. Great for visiting the East Yorkshire Coast, historic Beverley and York. Daily ferries to Belgium and the Netherlands put Europe on the doorstep.
29 St James Place, Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34 9BJ
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, Verity.
The Old Church, Breadalbane St, Oban, Argyll, PA34 5PH
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.
105 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SG
Royal Mile Backpackers is a small and cosy 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.
The comfortable beds and cosy common areas will make you feel at home and the friendly staff are always on hand to help you make the most of your time in Edinburgh.
City Hostels, Backpackers Hostels, Boutique Hostels
City hostels, Backpackers hostels 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 their 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 hostels, Backpackers hostels 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.