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Independent Hostels UK

What are Independent Hostels?
Hostels & Bunkhouses in England, Scotland & Wales

Independent Hostels UK (IHUK) is UK’s network of independently owned bunkhouses and hostels. With over 350 members it is the largest hostel network in the United Kingdom. IHUK is larger than the Youth Hostel Association (YHA) and Scottish Youth Hostel Association (SYHA) added together. Take a look at our Independent Hostels UK map to see all our accommodation. Independent Hostels UK was established in 2004, with government funding, from the network of accommodation featured in the Independent Hostel Guide. Members include backpackers hostels, camping barns, bunkhouses, independently owned youth hostels and group accommodation centres.

What we offer our members
Hostels & Bunkhouses in England, Scotland & Wales

IHUK provides continuous marketing through the Independent Hostel Guide website & guidebook, social networking, leaflets and attendance at shows & events.

Members of IHUK also have access to the members’ message board, where hostel & bunkhouse owners swap advice and members discounts are available. IHUK works closely with other hostel networks worldwide including Independent Holiday Hostels of Ireland, Swiss Backpackers, Scottish Independent Hostels, the German Backpacker Network, Backpackers Hostels of Canada and BBH New Zealand. IHUK also shares information with national organisations such as the Sustrans National Cycle Network, Ifootpath and the Long Distance Walkers Association.

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