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Family-Friendly Youth Hostels in the UK

6 December 2022

While it can be nice and budget-friendly to go camping with the family when it is sunny and the weather is good, it’s not really practical when the weather is a bit worse and can lead to sullen kids and frayed tempers. Thankfully, youth hostels are a good step in between camping and hotels, in that they are still relatively inexpensive and are usually in the type of scenic locations that are popular with campers. We have put together a list of some of the most family friendly youth hostels around the UK.  

YHA Boggle Hole, North Yorkshire

One of the most family-friendly youth hostels in the UK, Boggle Hole even has a pirate themed cafe called the Quarterdeck and all of the names on-site have a nautical bent, which is fitting given the proximity to the sea. This includes the “Crow’s Nest” building where the family rooms are located, which was an addition during upgrading and refurbishment work in 2015. The hostel is literally steps from the beach and is in quite a remote location, this is a perfect family getaway for those who enjoy peace and quiet. 

YHA St Briavels Castle, Gloucestershire

It’s not often that we have the opportunity to stay in an 800 year old castle but this is what is offered at St Briavels in Gloucestershire. The children in particular will delight in exploring and discovering all the secrets that are contained within. 

There is also a comfortable lounge area within the old chapel which has free wifi, so there are some nods to modernity as well, for when screen time is required. Board games can be borrowed from reception and there is even a toy chest and books to amuse the younger castle residents. All-in-all, a great way to spend some time with the family in an unusual and memorable setting.

YHA Brecon Beacons, Powys

Set in a 19th century farmhouse, this hostel provides a cosy experience for all the family. There are camping pods in the grounds with their own decking area and firepit, which make for a memorable stay and the views of the nearby mountains are simply spectacular. 

Walking routes abound nearby and exploring the natural world around you will be a pleasure. A lovely social area with a roaring fire to huddle around on the colder nights makes YHA Brecon Beacons a great place to relax and relive the events of the day.  

Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel, Sutherland

This award-winning youth hostel in the wilds of Scotland is sure to take your breath away. On the shore of a white sand beach that looks like it was taken straight from the Caribbean is where you will find Achmelvich Beach Youth Hostel. There are family rooms available and pet dogs are welcome as well, which takes away the wrench of leaving the family pet at home. 

Because of the incredibly remote location, there is no wifi available so you can be assured of quality family time away from the all-pervasive phones and ipads. The hostel offers “heat and eat” meals which have been prepared already and some limited snacks and essentials from their on-site shop.

YHA Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Nestling in the heart of Shakespeare country, YHA Stratford-Upon-Avon is a stunning Georgian mansion and is only two miles from the birthplace of the Bard himself. Much ado about nothing, you may think but the theatrical links to this area run strong and deep and the renowned Royal Shakespeare Company regularly performs nearby. The stunning Warwick Castle is also nearby and promises a great day out for all the family. 

The facilities on offer at this highly-rated hostel are first class and there are both family rooms and camping pods on offer. There is a well-equipped games room on-site and the lounge area is comfortable and well-laid out. You will look back on your visit here with fond memories of what will seem like a midsummer night’s dream.  

YHA Perranporth, Cornwall

Perched atop the stunning Cornish cliffs, YHA Perranporth has views out over the Atlantic Ocean that will take your breath away. The open-plan dining room has floor-to-ceiling windows to offer the best views over the beautiful 2.5 mile long beach below. A short drive to the nearest town puts pubs and restaurants within easy reach and there are a variety of options for eating out or ordering in. 

The stunning sandy beach is popular with water sports enthusiasts and if your children are keen to try any of these then YHA Perranporth is a great place to bring them. The hostel itself is cosy and the dining area is comfy and brightly painted with murals depicting the ocean. There is also free wifi throughout the buildings.  

Photo by Benjamin Elliott on Unsplash

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