Kings Hostel, Islawrdref, Dolgellau, LL40 1TB

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Independent youth hostel near Dollgau in Snowdonia

Kings Hostel is tucked away off the beaten track in the heart of Snowdonia. Surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery, great walking & cycling and all the attractions of the National Park, yet just a short drive to the beach, it has something for everybody.

Formerly owned by YHA and now in private hands but still affiliated to the YHA, Kings has been welcoming guests since 1937. It now sleeps groups of up to 42 across two buildings. Facilities include a large well-equipped kitchen, spacious dining room and comfy lounge. Outside there are expansive private grounds, perfect for sports, BBQs, campfires and being at one with nature.

This wonderful hostel is offered on a sole use basis only, so your group can enjoy this unique setting in absolute privacy. It's ideal for groups of walkers, cyclists, climbers, get-togethers of family & friends, as well as schools, youth groups and clubs.

The Mawddach Trail, one of the most scenic railway paths in the country and part of Lôn Las Cymru passes the doorstep. This level 9-mile walking/cycling route leads to the popular resort of Barmouth. While for climbers there are also paths leading to Cader Idris from the front door.

Please note due to the rural location there is no mobile signal and the WiFi is slow. Without the distraction of a TV, your group can spend their evenings, chatting, reading, singing, playing board games or gazing at the beauty of the night sky in this dark sky area. There is a pay phone if you must contact the real world. Sorry but no dogs.

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  • Beds & Rooms:

    42: Main building 18: 3x6. Annex 24: 4x6 (all en suite)
  • Open:

    All year. Check in from 4pm. Check out by 10am
  • Price per night:

    Sole use £350 to £600 depending on season & length of stay.
  • Booking:

    Groups need to book in advance
  • Directions:

    The hostel is signposted from the A493 Penmaenpool. The road to the hostel is unsuitable for HGV’s - we recommend nothing larger than a minibus.
  • Public Transport :

    Nearest train station: Morfa Mawwddach then Bus 28, alight at Abergwynant, then there is a 1m walk uphill to the hostel. Alternatively walk from the train station along the Mawddach Trai, (approx 5 miles).28 Bus (Abergwynant) from
  • Walks :

    Lon Las Cymru Trans Euro Trail Cambrian Way
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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available October Half Term 2024


cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
dBedding provided
gFully heated
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
'Bike/equipment store (lockable)
iDrying room
yYHA Affiliated
wGroups Only


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Opened by the YHA in 1937

October 15th 2022

One of the earlier YHA hostels that went into private ownership in 2013, Kings Hostel continues to be affiliated to YHA but is also fully independent. It joined our Independent Hostel Network in 2022. The main hostel building was originally 2 cottages and a chapel. Previous names were: Dolgelley (1937-58); Kings, Dolgellau (1959-69).

Side view f the exterior of two stone hostel buildingss
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Paths to Cader Idris and the Mawddach Trail on the doorstep.

August 10th 2022

Kings Hostel, in Dollegau is perfectly located for a real Snowdonia adventure for groups of up to 42. For walkers, runners and cyclists the Mawddach Trail passes the grounds. Kings hostel has a great bike shed or you can hire bikes locally. For those that need a bit more altitude, you can access both the Pony and Fox’s paths up to Cader Idris straight from the front door! Coed y Brenin, with its world famous bike trails, is 10 minutes away by car. For some sea air and sandy beaches Fairbourne is just a 15 min drive away.

On the other side of the estuary, you will find Barmouth. Enjoy miles of sandy beaches, an interesting old harbour, shops, mini funfair, arcade and fish, chips and ice cream galore. On top of all this, there is a fantastic choice of adrenaline activities for the young at heart.  Choose from climbing, abseiling, exploring caverns, canyoning, coasteering, sailing, kayaking, white water rafting, zip lining, pony trekking and even surfing. All of these can be organised locally. The National White Water Centre and Zip World are also very popular. Is it any wonder that Kings Hostels gets booked up quickly?


View from the Mawddach trail
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