There are hostels and bunkhouses in the most beautiful areas of South Wales. These provide self catering accommodation ideal for families and walkers along the South Wales coast of Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, and The Gower. South West Wales is especially known for beautiful beaches with turquoise waters and soft white sand. Here you can see seals, puffins and porpoises. The wild upland areas around Brecon and the Cambrian Mountains have bunkhouses and hostels ideal for groups and individuals who love the great outdoors. You can stay in a hostel and visit the thriving cities of Swansea and the Welsh Capital of Cardiff. Hostels and bunkhouses provide great value self-catering accommodation in central and scenic locations. They are available for stays as short as one night and are ideal for group, family or touring holidays.
Pembrokeshire & South Wales: Bunkhouses, camping barns & hostels
Penbryn Reception, Aberystwyth University, Penbryn, Penglais, SY23 3BY
Aberystwyth University Bunkhouse is on the Wales Coast Path, close to beaches, dramatic walking and white knuckle mountain biking. Aberystwyth has all the attractions of a Victorian seaside town with the added adventure of an ancient castle and thriving nightlife. Accommodation is in single rooms with shared self-catering kitchens and bathrooms. Meals available. Ideal for education trips, conference, or those looking for a base for a family seaside holiday or outdoor group trip.
Penrhiw, Capel Dewi, Llandysul, Ceredigion, SA44 4PG
Penrhiw is an organic farm with views over the Teifi Valley. The stunning Ceredigion Coast and the Cambrian Mountains are an easy drive away and the busy small town of Llandysul (1.5 miles) has all essential supplies. The farm's location is ideal for exploring, studying or simply admiring the Welsh countryside. Local activities include fishing, swimming, climbing, abseiling, canoeing, farm walks and cycling.
Dolecoed Road, Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, LD5 4RA
Stonecroft Lodge is in Llanwrtyd Wells, the smallest town in Britain. Surrounded by the green fields and mountains of mid Wales, Llanwrtyd is in renowned red kite country and is a great base for mountain biking, walking & pony trekking. The hostel has private rooms with made-up beds, a fully equipped kitchen, lounge with TV, free laundry and drying, central heating, a large riverside garden and ample parking. The hostel adjoins the Stonecroft Inn for great beer & food.
Ffordd-yr-Afon, Trefin, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 5AU
Escape to this wonderful rugged corner of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Old School Hostel is in Trefin, a pretty village which has a pub and a café, just a quarter of a mile from the world famous coast path. Circular walks from the door take you to stunning wild beaches & harbours. The cathedral city of St. Davids and the popular Whitesands Bay are 20 minutes by car.
Dolgoch, Tregaron, Ceredigion, SY25 6NR
Experience the peace of the remote Tywi valley in an era before electricity at this 17th century farmhouse. Dolgoch is a traditional simple hostel owned by the Elenydd Wilderness Trust. It has hot showers, log burner, self-catering kitchen, dormitories & private rooms. The Lôn Las Cymru and the Cambrian Way pass nearby and there are many mountain tracks to explore. Ideal for bird-watchers and lovers of the solitude of the scenic Cambrian Mountains.
Llanrhian, St Davids, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 5BD
Situated between the famous cathedral city of St Davids and the Irish ferry port of Fishguard, the 4* Lodge overlooks the spectacular Pembrokeshire coastline. Within walking distance of the Sloop Inn at Porthgain and the internationally renowned Coastal Path. An ideal stopover for cyclists with The Celtic Trail cycle route passing the bottom of the drive. The lodge sleeps 23 in 5 separate rooms, all en suite with great showers. Dogs welcome by arrangement.
Beili Neuadd, Rhayader, LD6 5NS
A converted 18th century stone barn in stunning countryside just 2 miles from the small market town of Rhayader - the gateway to the Elan Valley and Cambrian Mountains. On three National Cycle routes and the Trans Cambrian Route, Beili Neuadd offers lovely gardens, ponds and stunning scenery. The centrally heated barn sleeps 16 in 3 en suite rooms and includes a fully equipped kitchen/dining room and drying room. B&B accommodation is also available in the main house and there is space to camp in the paddock.
Woodhouse Farm, St Harmon, Rhayader, LD6 5LY
Mid Wales Bunkhouse has a superb unspoilt rural location, close to the Elan Valley, for any activity or occasion with a stunning natural garden. Explore or swim in the river. There's walking and biking from the door, even accommodation for your horse. Fully equipped for self catering or meals provided. Authentic tipi and camping. Available for groups of up to 26 or individuals.
Glasbury on Wye, Powys, HR3 5LP
Woodlands Bunkhouse is a converted stable set in the 10 acre grounds of Woodlands Centre. It overlooks the River Wye and has wonderful views of the Black Mountains. The historic town of Hay on Wye is near by.
The Bunkhouse provides comfortable, modern accommodation for families and groups. There's a well equipped kitchen and dining room and 22 beds in 9 rooms. The bunkhouse can arrange courses in a variety of outdoor activities.
Pantyrathro International Hostel, Llansteffan, Carmarthen, SA33 5AJ
Llansteffan is a beautiful, quaint village at the tip of the Towi River and Carmarthen Bay. The sandy beaches below the castle offer swimming and relaxation. The virtually traffic free country lanes make the area ideal for cycling. The Wales Coastal Path is on the doorstep and the city of Carmarthen offers most social and cultural activities. The Pantyrathro International Hostel provides dorm accommodation, private rooms, family rooms and ensuite rooms.
Ffrwdwenith Isaf, Felinwynt, Cardigan, SA43 1RW
Piggery Poke is a 16 bed, 4 star hostel on the public footpath that loops from the Wales Coast Path between Mwnt and Aberporth. Newly converted to provide self-catering hostel accommodation, it has 3 dormitories sleeping up to 8, 5 and 3, each with en suite facilities. Local cycle routes include Lôn Teifi (within 4 miles) and the Celtic Trail, Sustrans Route 82. A courtesy collection/delivery service is usually available from points within 15 miles along the coast for walkers/cyclists and their luggage/cycles.
Goytre, West Glamorgan SA13 2YP
L&A is set in a quiet wooded valley and offers accommodation for up to 280 people in self-catering cabins in the Swansea Bay area. There is a bar/café, commercial kitchen, activity hall, meeting rooms and 300 seat dining hall. Set in 80 acres of woodlands and pasture with open air swimming pool, BBQ and fire pits. L&A are happy to help you organise an event and have extensive links with activity providers in the area. Close to Afan Aergoed Mountain bike trails.
Lower Hardingsdown Farm, Llangennith, Gower, Swansea, SA3 1HT
Hardingsdown Bunkhouse and The Chaffhouse both provide accommodation for families or groups. Comfortable and well appointed they are perfect for exploring Gower and all it has to offer. The properties can be hired individually or together, rates vary with numbers.
19a Hamilton St, Fishguard SA65 9HL
James John Hamilton House is a 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. It's close to the centre of Fishguard with pubs & cafes. The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path passes through the town and communities of grey seals and dolphins are regularly seen in the local harbours.
Eastern Slade Farm, Oxwich, Gower, Swansea, SA3 1NA
Eastern Slade Barn is a luxury farmhouse conversion on a working farm on the Gower Peninsula. The Gower has glorious beaches, castles & a network of traffic free lanes, ideal for mountain bikes. The Coastal Path passes through the farm. Port Eynon seaside village is a 30 min walk, while Oxwich Bay with its castle, beach & hotel serving tasty meals is just a 20 min walk. Camping is also available and weddings/birthdays can be accommodated.
Rhossili Bunkhouse, Rhossili, Swansea, SA3 1PL
Rhossili 4* Bunkhouse is situated at the end of the Gower Peninsula, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is within easy walking distance of three glorious beaches, (including Rhossili Bay voted the best beach in Europe and in the top ten in the World 2017). Ideal for families and groups and perfectly located for a wide range of outdoor activities including walking, surfing, cycling & climbing.
Warren Farm, Warren, near Castlemartin, SA71 5HS
A cosy bunkhouse & beautiful big bell tents, right on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path with fantastic views out to sea. The closest you can stay to excellent climbing at Castlemartin Range, plus brilliant surfing at Freshwater West & Broadhaven South. Within striking distance of many of Pembrokeshire's fabulous tourist attractions. All the accommodation is comfortable and well equipped. Don't delay, come glamping!
Court Farm, Llanthony, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 7NN
This old stone barn continues the tradition of 900 years when Llanthony Priory next door provided accommodation. Surrounded by the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons National Park, it is your ideal base for all mountain activities. There is a fully equipped kitchen, hot showers, heating throughout and a wood burning stove. Small or large groups are welcome with sole use and a minimum charge. Two pubs nearby offer real ale and bar food.
Brecon Road (A40), Bwlch, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7RQ
An ideal base for exploring the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park. The bunkhouse is situated in the village of Bwlch alongside the Beacons Way long distance footpath. Expect a warm & comfortable stay in this dog friendly bunkhouse with spacious bedrooms, cosy lounge/dining areas, fully-equipped kitchen, outside BBQ area, hot showers, drying room and car park. Accommodation for up to 20 people in bunkbeds in 6 bedrooms. Private bedrooms or sole use available. Individuals, couples & groups welcome.
Tyngwndwn Farm, Cilcennin, Lampeter, Ceredigion, SA48 8RJ
Nestled between the Cambrian Mountains and Cardigan Bay, Naturesbase is 9 acres of flower rich meadows and woodland, 10 minutes drive from the Welsh coast. With a mixture of wooden lodges, camping, barn and a Shepherds Hut, Naturesbase is ideal for families, couples and groups wanting to enjoy the open countryside and all that nature has to offer.
13 Beaufort Square, Chepstow, NP16 5EP (Car park NP16 5LL)
Green Man Backpackers offers inspired accommodation in a Grade 2 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.
Llanddewi Brefi, Tregaron, Ceredigion, SY25 6PH
Tyncornel is a former farmhouse set in stunning Cambrian Mountain scenery at the head of the beautiful Doethie Valley. It is one of the most remote hostels in Wales, favoured by walkers, cyclists, and bird watchers. It is on the Cambrian Way long distance footpath. The hostel has 16 places. There is a cosy common room with wood-burning stove, two dormitories with built-in bunk beds and a self-catering kitchen.
Dinefwr Park, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, SA19 6RT
On a National Trust estate one mile from Llandeilo, Dinefwr Bunkhouse sits in the heart of an 18th century park enclosing a medieval deer park, next to the historic Newton House. Quite the perfect holiday location for groups or families who enjoy walking or other outdoor activities.
This beautifully presented, characterful bunkhouse sleeps up to 16 in an 8 bed dorm and 2 & 3 bedded rooms and has a well equipped kitchen for self-catering.
59 Fitzhamon Embankment, Riverside, Cardiff, CF11 6AN
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?
Tregoyd Mountain Riders, Lower Cwmcadarn Farm, Felindre, Three Cocks, Brecon, Powys, Wales LD3 0TB
On a small hill farm in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Cadarn Bunkhouse is surrounded by views of the Black Mountains and the Wye Valley. With easy access to the mountains it is perfect for walking, mountain biking and horse riding whist the River Wye is great for canoeing. Self-catered bunkhouse, with the pub in Felindre half a mile away. Close to Hay on Wye and Brecon. Pony trekking available on-site, plus bike and canoe hire available locally.
Lovesgrove, Aberystwyth, SY23 3HP
Plas Dolau is set in 25 acres just 3 miles from Aberystwyth. Ideal for exploring West Wales, walking, cycling, riding, fishing and golf. The warm country mansion has mainly dormitory style accommodation for up to 45 people. An adjoining Swedish style farmhouse can take another 15. Plas Dolau includes meeting rooms, dining rooms, games room & outdoor areas. Ideally suited for youth groups, field courses, retreats, house parties or individuals.
Drefelin, Drefach-Felindre, Llandysul, Carmarthenshire SA44 5XE
On an organic farm in the Teifi Valley this award winning eco-sensitive location is ideal for holidays, courses, retreats, events and weddings. Accommodation includes; Ceridwen an old smithy sensitively converted into high quality group accommodation for 19, Yurts, Eco Pods, B&B rooms, an up-cycled static caravan, a Romany caravan, a double-decker bus and spaces for tents and caravans.
Middle Ninfa Farm, Llanellen, Abergavenny, NP7 9LE
Middle Ninfa Farm, on the edge of the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape World Heritage Site in the Brecon Beacons, offers bunkhouse/cottage accommodation, camping and hands-on training in coracle making and willow sculpture. Sympathetically renovated to retain the rustic charm with fine views over the Usk Valley, the bunkhouse provides comfortable self-catering accommodation for up to 6 people. BYO food, sleeping bags, & pillowcases.
Old Commerce House, Pontwelly, Llandysul, Carmarthen SA44 4AJ
Shaggy Sheep offers budget bunkhouse accommodation in the stunning surroundings of Carmarthenshire, just 25 mins' drive from the Ceredigion coastline and its amazing beaches. Perfect for activity, stag and hen parties. Nestled in the Teifi valley with village pubs and restaurants within walking distance. Bedding is included and facilities include a self-catering kitchen, a lounge, garden and BBQ area. Shaggy Sheep are experts at organising adventure activity holidays.
Gorn Rd, Llanidloes, Powys, SY18 6LA
Set in the beautiful Mid Wales countryside on the Glyndwrs Way, the 4* bunkhouse is an ideal location for exploring or unwinding. Built to the highest standards it provides high quality accommodation for groups or individuals. It can also be booked for conferences and seminars. Attractions close by include sailing, golf course, outdoor pursuit centre, shooting range, motorbike school and the picturesque market town of Llanidloes (1/2 mile) with many places to eat and drink.
The Old Home Farm Yard, Stackpole, nr Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, SA71 5DQ
The 147-bed, platinum eco-award-winning. Stackpole Centre is the perfect venue for large families/groups, special interest breaks and outdoor activities. It comprises four large houses, three cottages and a manor house. Close to wild woodlands and stunning beaches.
Lawrenny Millennium Hostel, Lawrenny, Pembrokeshire, SA68 0PW
Once a Victorian village school, the Lawrenny Hostel is superbly placed for exploring South Pembrokeshire. Warm, clean and comfortable, with modern facilities, the accommodation is ideal for individuals or groups, training courses or events. The adjoining village hall is also available to rent and there is a community shop, pub and an award-winning tearoom nearby.
Upper Neeston Farm, Dale Road, Herbrandston, Milford Haven, SA73 3RY
Environmentally sensitive barn conversions close to the Milford Haven Waterway in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Ideal for divers, climbers, walkers or family get-togethers. The four independent 5* lodges have fully fitted kitchens and have access to garden/patio, laundry/drying room, secure storage and ample parking.
23 Hamilton Street, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, SA65 9HL
Hamilton Lodge is 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.
Craig Y Nos Castle, Brecon Road, Penycae, Powys, SA9 1GL
Craig Y Nos Castle sits in the Brecon Beacons. The Nurses Block can be booked on a daily or a room basis. It can also be booked sole use as group accommodation. Offering B&B or self-catering, the choice is yours. The castle provides hearty meals, cosy evenings by the wood burning stoves and a free history tour. Superior B&B rooms are available in the castle.
The Dragons Back (formerly The Castle Inn) is a pub with B&B, camping & 3 bunkrooms in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The bunkrooms are fully carpeted and centrally heated with en suite wet rooms, self-catering, drying facilities and secure storage. Stag/hens welcome. Dogs £5 pn in the bunkhouse. Meals in the pub. Glamping is available in our Shepherds Hut and the Tardis !
The Boat House, Glasbury-On-Wye, Herefordshire, HR3 5NP
In a converted Welsh Chapel, Wye Valley Canoes 5* award-winning Bunkhouse is a warm, modern space with huge sofas and a slide to reach the ground floor!
There’s a small kitchen area but the River Café next door can cater for you. Enjoy the swanky bathrooms, power showers & designer furniture. Canoes, kayaks & mountain bikes can be hired & activities arranged. The beautiful market town of Hay on Wye is just 4 miles away.
Brecon Bunkhouse, Cwmfforest Farm, Pengenfford, Talgarth, Brecon, LD3 0EU
Brecon Bunkhouse is a spacious, comfortable, bunkhouse in the Brecon Beacons. Offering great value self-catering accommodation with a big dining room and sitting room with wood-burner. In the Black Mountains, with mountain walks from the door, an ideal base for horse riding, mountain biking and canoeing. There is a riding centre on the farm and the bunkhouse has a drying room and storage/cleaning facilities for bikes and canoes. Camping available.
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!
Clyngwyn Farm, Ystradfellte Rd, Pontneddfechan, Powys, SA11 5US
Clyngwyn 4* Bunkhouse sits in the Brecon Beacons, only minutes away from the waterfalls and caves of Ystradfellte and Sgwd Yr Eira. Your ideal base for a wide range of outdoor activities. The bunkhouse sleeps up to 19, plus camping, three double B&B rooms and a romantic shepherd's hut in it's own private meadow.
Coed Owen Farm, Cwmtaff, Merthyr Tydfil , CF48 2HY
Set on a hill farm in the heart of the Brecon Beacons, 2 hours' walk from Pen Y Fan. This Bunkhouse provides well appointed self-catering accommodation; ideal for stag, hen and family parties. Outdoor activities can be organised or there's direct access onto the mountains and waterfalls close by. Bike Park Wales, Merthyr Tydfil, Penderyn Whiskey and Brecon are all within easy reach. The pub, at the bottom of the drive, serves great food and fine ales.
25 Bath Street, Aberystwyth, SY23 2NN
Maes-y-Mor offers superior self-catering accommodation at budget prices. With 7 twin & 1 double room plus 1 en suite family room it is ideally situated near the town centre, around the corner from the beach and 5 mins' walk to train/bus stations. Accommodation at the hostel is room-only with self-catering facilities. All rooms have TVs & tea/coffee making facilities. Car parking and secure bike storage. A 4* double room apartment and a new 4* boutique self-catering house sleeping 7 are also available
Gilfach Wen, Brechfa, Carmarthenshire, SA32 7QL
A homely, high quality, bunkhouse for individuals, extended families or groups on a working farm. The large social area is ideal for reunions or celebrations. The are 7 family bedrooms including one downstairs for disabled. Perfect for exploring Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Brecon Beacons, Cambrian Mountains and the Gower. Walker, cyclist, dog & equestrian friendly. Village pub close by.
Erwood, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3TQ
River Cabin, let on a sole use basis for a min of 2 nights, is perfect for 2-4 people. Dog friendly with a secure garden, it overlooks a mill stream which feeds into the River Wye opposite. It has one cosy bunkroom (double bed & 2 bunks), a kitchen/lounge area, sunny dining porch, patio & private garden with picnic table, fire pit and BBQ. From Easter-Oct there's also a small campsite. Located on the Wye Valley Walk & NCN 8, it's a fantastic base for walkers & cyclists. Canoeing, pony trekking, gliding, bike hire, rope and climbing centre all close by.
This map of Pembrokeshire, Brecon Beacons, Cardiff and South Wales shows bunkhouses, camping barns & hostels which are part of the largest Independent Hostels network in Wales IHUK.
Looking for affordable accommodation in Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Swansea, Cardiff, the Gower or South Wales’ coast and country side? This map of Independent hostels show a wide range of hostels and bunkhouses all over South Wales. The hostels and bunkhouses are in most beautiful parts of South Wales: Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Tenby, St Davids, and along the Pembrokeshire coast path, and Wales coast path. Also on the Gower Peninsular, and the City of Cardiff. Some bunkhouse and hostels are in serene and secluded parts such as Lennox Head or by the Blue Lagoon in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. South Wales and Pembrokeshire especially are well known for their beautiful beaches with turquoise waters and soft white sands. Here you can see Seals, Puffins and porpoises. Some of these beaches are so hidden and secluded that you can only reach them when the tide its out! The Gower is a rural landscape surrounded by a multitude of beaches, each one with its own definitive character. The Gower peninsula is criss crossed by quiet roads and green lanes ideal for mountain bikes. This promontory of land sticking out into the Bristol Channels is a ready made for a seaside family holidays. Rhosilli Beach with its wide expanse of sand and vast sand dune backdrops is ideal for large water and wind sports. Kite surfing on the sands or hang gliding from the dunes. Oxwhich Bay is a family beach with an ice cream van and a lovely hotel serving teas. The hidden beaches of Mewslade Bay and Fall Bay by Overton offering rewarding virgin sands at low tide for those agile enough to descend the cliff paths.
The friendly atmosphere in Independent hostels means there will always be someone to show you the way (also a lot of hostels have wifi so you can look up coast paths and other exciting activities on your phone, laptop, or tablet!). Independent hostels can range from modern to historic, from luxury hotel style to cosy barns, from city central to remote country side- but they all offer affordable and friendly accommodation and are great for groups trips. With Pembrokeshire’s gorgeous beaches South Wales is a beautiful place to do many activities, like swimming, hiking, bike riding, pony trekking, and more, but its not just about that. South Wales is an enchanting place to take your children to learn about the exciting history and legends of the castles and is an educating experience for the whole family.