Staying in Welsh independent hostels, bunkhouses and camping barns is a great way to experience Wales on a budget. The accommodation has self-catering facilities and welcomes stays as short as one night. In Wales you can experience the adrenalin rush of Snowdonia, the stunning beaches of Pembrokeshire, the quiet back lanes of Mid Wales and the rolling mountains of the Brecon Beacons. The hostels in Cardiff provide great value self catering accommodation for your trip to the Welsh capital. The independent hostels and bunkhouses of Wales are ideal for exploring Wales by bike or walking some of its historic long distance paths. With nearly 100 hostels, bunkhouses and camping barns to choose from the Welsh independent hostels provide perfect accommodation in idyllic locations for family holidays, independent travel and groups.
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Escaping to Wales
For a long time, Wales has been a place of escape for those retreating from the city life. The first bunkhouses were established in the climbing areas of Snowdonia around 25 years ago providing self catering accommodation for climbers. Welsh Bunkhouses and hostel have multiplied over the years and there are now many, always in remote or stunning beautiful locations. The National Parks of Snowdonia and the Brecons Beacons are well supplied with bunkhouses and hostels, all providing ideal accommodation for walkers and cyclists. The coastal areas such as Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and the Gower have plenty of hostels, perfect accommodation for families on holiday and in some cases close enough to walk or cycle between. There are some hostels with great locations straddling long distance paths like Offas Dyke and the Wales Coast Path. The capital City of Cardiff has a few great hostels to choose from and many of the hostels in inner Wales are in undiscovered areas with quiet roads and ancient villages. These are great locations for a cultural holiday discovering the past, walking on deserted hills and hearing the Welsh language.
Accommodation for walkers, climbers and mountain bikers.
Many of the hostels and bunkhouses are in areas sort after for their outdoor activities and stunning scenery, like Snowdonia. You can go mountain biking and trekking in the hills and mountains or enjoy water sports and fishing on the lakes. Wales is the ideal destination for outdoor activities and bunkhouses and hostels have the ideal facilities in their accommodation. Boot rooms, drying racks and areas for washing down equipment are often available. Self-catering facilitates optimised for groups. This choice of self catering accommodation makes great value holidays.
Accommodation for Groups.
All the hostels and bunkhouses in England are well equipped to provide self catering accommodation for groups, with large kitchen pans and dining areas to accommodate the entire group. You can send an enquiry to a list of hostels and bunkhouses with exactly the facilities your group requires, using our group accommodation enquiry service.
Touring Wales and independent travel.
Where ever you are touring Wales by car you will never be far from a bunkhouse or hostel. Bunkhouse and hostels are unique in that they provide self-catering accommodation where you can stay for as short as one night. Ideal for touring on a budget and something that you cannot find at a hotel, B&B or self-catering cottage. Don’t forget to book ahead.
How to find accommodation with the facilities and location you require
Look out for the symbols on the hostel’s pages to see what facilities are available at each hostel or bunkhouse, for example if you can bring a pet or if you need sleeping bags. You can do a search of your own using the Facilities option on the toolbar at the top of this site to request your own search showing only the hostels with the facilities you need. You can search by Location, by local activities, by Facilities and if you know your dates, by Availability. Using one filter after another combines the results, so you can search for hostels near Llanberis that are close to cycle routes and have private rooms.