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
Llanddewi Brefi, Tregaron, Ceredigion, SY25 6PH
Tyncornel is a former farmhouse and self-contained Shepherd’s Hut 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 birdwatchers. Beds for 16 (hostel) + 4 (shepherds hut). There is a cosy common room with wood-burning stove, two dormitories and a kitchen.
Ash Road, Troedyrhiw, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 4HH
The Roost's cosy cabins are tucked away in a leafy corner of a village just south of Merthyr Tydfil, on the edge of Brecon Beacons National Park. There are 5 cabins; 4 sleep 2 adults & 2 children. There are 3 well equipped inside-outside kitchens & 4 shower rooms. The en suite cabin with kitchenette sleeps 2 adults & 1 child. Book by the cabin (with private kitchen/shower room), or book the whole site.
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.
10-14 Castle St, Swansea SA1 1JF
Cwtsh hostel is new, exciting and trend-setting. Situated in the heart of Swansea City Centre, overlooking Castle Gardens, Cwtsh Hostel provides a modern and unique base to explore the city and surrounding areas.Choose from pod-bunk or private accommodation. Electric bike hire and introductory Welsh classes - bendigedig available. Backpackers, explorers, families, party-goers, schools and freelancers are all welcomed.
LLanmadoc, Gower, Swansea, SA3 1DE.
Situated on the Gower Peninsular, St Madoc Centre offer superb facilities for groups of between 40 and 81. Set in 76 acres of fields, woodland, headland and coastline, with tennis & volleyball courts, playing fields and a campfire area, it is ideally suited to schools, youth & church groups, corporate events, weddings and friends & family get-togethers. Optional outdoor activities and catered packages available for school groups.
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, conferences or those looking for a base for an outdoor group trip.
Claerwen Valley, Rhayader, LD6 5HF
Nestling in the Elan Valley in Mid Wales, Cwm Clyd Bunkhouse offers comfortable accommodation in an idyllically remote location. Sleeping 21 across 2 units, which can be booked separately or together, it is ideal for lovers of the great outdoors. After a busy day, the star-spangled sky of the Elan Valley Dark Sky Park is your evening entertainment. Dogs welcome with sole use bookings.
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 swimming, climbing, abseiling, canoeing, farm walks and cycling.
The Dinas Castle Inn is a pub with B&B, camping & 2 bunkrooms in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The bunkhouse rooms are fully carpeted and centrally heated with en-suite wet rooms. Stag/hen do's are very welcome. Free WiFi throughout. Full cooked breakfast included in the price. Glamping is available in the Shepherds Hut (please enquire prior to booking).
Brecon Road (A40), Bwlch, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7RQ
Ideal base for exploring Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) National Park. Situated in the village of Bwlch alongside the Beacons Way long distance footpath. Expect a warm and comfortable stay in a dog friendly bunkhouse with spacious bedrooms, lounge/dining areas, full equipped self-catering kitchen, BBQ, hot showers, drying room and off-road parking. Accommodation for up to 20 people over 6 bedrooms. Private bedrooms or sole use for individuals, couples & groups.
Beili Neuadd, St Harmon, Rhayader, LD6 5NS
A converted 18th century stone barn in stunning countryside just 2 miles from the small market town of Rhayader, gateway to Elan Valley and the Cambrian Mountains. On three National Cycle routes and the Trans Cambrian Route. Beili Neuadd offers a centrally heated barn sleeps 16 in 3 en-suite rooms and includes a fully equipped kitchen/dining room and drying room. There is also a self contained annex sleeping 4. If weather allows there is a lovely outside space with a firepit to gather around.
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.
Cwmfforest Farm, Pengenfford, Talgarth, Brecon, LD3 0EU
Brecon Bunkhouse is a spacious, comfortable, bunkhouse in the Brecon Beacons. Offering fantastic value for money with a large self-catering kitchen, big dining room and a separate sitting room with a cosy wood-burner. Situated in a small valley in the Black Mountains, the eastern part of the Brecon Beacons National Park, with mountain walks from the door. Area is ideal for horse riding, mountain bikes & white water canoing. Nice pub 15 min walk (bring torch!)
Pantyrathro International Hostel, Llansteffan, Carmarthen, SA33 5AJ
Llansteffan is a beautiful village at the tip of the Towi River & Carmarthen Bay. The sandy beaches below the castle offer sun bathing and relaxation. The virtually traffic free country lanes are ideal for cycling. The Wales Coastal Path is on the doorstep and the city of Carmarthen is close by. The hostel provides private rooms, family rooms and en suite rooms.
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 & golf. The mansion has mainly dormitory style accommodation for up to 45. An adjoining Swedish style farmhouse sleeps another 15. Plas Dolau includes meeting rooms, dining rooms, games room & outdoor areas. Suited to youth groups, field courses, retreats, house parties or individuals.
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.
The Living Energy, Lower Cwmcadarn Farm, Velindre, LD30TB
The Living Energy Barn (formally Cadarn Bunkhouse) is uniquely located in the National Park with 360 degree panoramic views from the Black Mountains to Wye Valley. Direct access to the Black Mountains & 26 acres of garden & pasture to roam. Remote but close to Hay on Wye & Talgarth.
Skomer Island, Martins Haven, Haverfordwest, SA62 3BJ.
Staying overnight on Skomer Island provides the perfect chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday.You’ll be one of a maximum of 16-overnight guests staying in the 3-star hostel accommodation, nestled at the very heart of the island. With so few people, there’s always a quiet place with amazing wildlife to encounter just round the corner. Beautiful, peaceful, and entirely unforgettable.
Tregaron, Ceredigion, SY25 6NN
TEMPORARILY CLOSED 2023 WINTER Self-catered accommodation for up to 16 people to enjoy this remote area of the Cambrian Mountains. Intersected by walking and cycling trails, gentle woodlands, tumbling waterfalls and secluded lakes and rivers, perfect for any lover of the great outdoors. With peaceful sandy beaches, rocky bays and cliff top walks this undiscovered area of Wales truly has it all.
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 and traffic free lanes. The coast 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 20 mins walk. Camping available and weddings/birthdays welcome.
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.
The Old Home Farm Yard, Stackpole, nr Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, SA71 5DQ
The 147-bed, Stackpole Centre is the perfect venue for large families/groups, schools, & outdoor activities. Close to wild woodlands & stunning beaches. It comprises four large group houses, 2 of which are dog friendly. Book by the house or book the whole centre for your sole use.
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.
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.
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.
Middle Ninfa Farm, Llanellen, Abergavenny, NP7 9LE
Middle Ninfa Farm, on the edge of Blaenavon World Heritage Site in the Brecon Beacons, offers bunkhouse/cottage accommodation & camping on eleven ‘remote’ pitches with fine views over the Vale of Usk. Sympathetically renovated to retain its rustic charm, the 400-year-old bunkhouse provides self-catering accommodation for 6 people. BYO food, sleeping bags, towels & pillowcases. The electric heating may be cool for some in winter.
Clyngwyn Farm, Ystradfellte Rd, Pontneddfechan, Powys, SA11 5US
Clyngwyn Farm offers exclusive use of the Bunkhouse for group accommodation, sleeping 19. Minutes away from waterfalls & the best walking in the Brecon Beacons. New fully equipped kitchen, big lounge, wifi and central heating provides the perfect year round stay. 3 bedrooms, 14 single beds and two sets of bunks. Outside fire pit & undercover BBQ area. Catering available & organised outdoor activities if required. Camping facilities.
Lower House Farm, Pantygelli, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 7HR
Smithy’s Bunkhouse accommodates groups of up to 24 in two dormitories of 12 bunks.Located on a working farm just outside Abergavenny in the Brecon Beacons, there are great walking/running and cycling routes from the doorstep.A range of outdoor activities can be organised if required. There’s a traditional pub serving bar snacks and meals at the end of the drive for the times you don’t want to self-cater.
Rhossili, Swansea, SA3 1PL
Rhossili 4* Bunkhouse is situated at the end of the Gower Peninsula, in the first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is within easy walking distance of three glorious beaches, (including Rhossili Bay which has been voted the best beach in Europe & in the top ten in the World).Ideal for families & groups, it is perfectly located for a wide range of outdoor activities including walking, surfing, paddle boarding, cycling & climbing.
Chapel House, Glasbury-On-Wye, Herefordshire, HR3 5NP
This 5 star luxury Bunkhouse sleeps up to 18 guests. Located in Glasbury, only 3 miles from Hay-on-Wye, the world famous town of books.Situated in the midst of the Upper Wye Valley with the famous River Wye running outside the front door. Talk to Wye Valley Canoes next door and organise a canoeing adventure. The Brecon Beacons, the Black Mountains, the waterfalls of the Elan Valley and Offas Dyke are all close by.
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 Whisky and Brecon are all within easy reach. The pub at the bottom of the drive serves great food and fine ales.
19a and 23 Hamilton Street, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire SA65 9HL
Hamilton Lodge and James John Hamilton House sit side by side in the coastal town of Fishguard close to the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. They provide B&B rooms, a holiday cottage and quality self-catering accommodation for groups of up to 20 people.Fishguard is a natural harbor surrounded by the sweeping sands of Cardigan Bay, regularly visited by communities of grey seals and dolphins.
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.
Woodhouse Farm, St Harmon, Rhayader, LD6 5LY
Mid Wales Bunkhouse has a superb unspoilt rural location, close to the Elan Valley, with a stunning natural garden.There’s walking and biking from the door, and room for your horse. Fully equipped for self-catering. Meals are available on request. Bell tent and camping. Welcomes groups or individuals.
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. There 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. Viillage pub close by.
Glasbury on Wye, Powys, HR3 5LP
Woodlands Bunkhouse is a converted stable block set in the 10 acre grounds of Woodlands Centre. It overlooks the River Wye & has wonderful views of the Black Mountains. The historic town of Hay on Wye is nearby. The Bunkhouse provides comfortable, modern accommodation for families and groups, with availability at weekends and during school holidays. There’s a well equipped kitchen and dining room and 22 beds in 9 rooms, including some accessible rooms. The bunkhouse can arrange courses in a variety of outdoor activities
This map of Pembrokeshire, Brecon Beacons, Cardiff, and South Wales shows bunkhouses, camping barns & hostels
Looking for affordable accommodation in Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Swansea, Cardiff, the Gower, or South Wales’ coast and countryside? This map of Independent hostels shows a wide range of hostels and bunkhouses all over South Wales. The hostels and bunkhouses are in the 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 bunkhouses 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 is out!
Tenby is a beautiful town in Pembrokeshire The Gower Peninsula
The Gower is a rural landscape surrounded by a multitude of beaches, each one with its own definitive character. It is crisscrossed by quiet roads and green lanes ideal for mountain bikes. This promontory of land sticking out into the Bristol Channels is ready-made for a seaside family holiday. Rhosilli Beach with its wide expanse of sand and vast sand dune backdrops is ideal for 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 offer 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 centres to remote countryside- but they all offer affordable and friendly accommodation and are great for group trips. With Pembrokeshire’s gorgeous beaches South Wales is a beautiful place to do many activities. Such as swimming, hiking, bike riding, pony trekking, and more, but it’s 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. It’s an educational experience for the whole family.