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Hostels in England

You might think that eco friendly accommodation means expensive, but this is certainly not always the case - there are plenty of affordable options for holidays and places to stay in the UK, Europe and beyond, including a growing range of environmentally friendly hostels. In this day and age, a hostel doesn't necessarily mean basic, and it definitely doesn't mean it has to be without character. Across the lovely countryside and dynamic cities of England, you can find some great (and green) hostels, and we feature some of the best below...

Thorney How, main house view

Thorney How, Grasmere Independent Hostel

An independent, family run backpacking hostel and walker’s cafe/bar in Grasmere, in the heart of the stunning Lake District. Situated in 2¼ acres of stunning natural grounds, has over 350 years of heritage. Electric bike hire available.
10 bed rooms 1x2, 7x4, 2x6 plus 8 person Camping Barn

£66 per night private double with continental breakfast,, £110 per night family type 4 bunk rooms with continental breakfast, £27.50 pppn in shared/ mixed 6 bunk rooms with continental breakfast, , Bunkhouse £23 per bed, £85 per room, Camping Barn £11.50 per person, £85 whole use

Losehill House Hotel & Spa, Peak District, UK

The Peak District's best-kept secret? Losehill House is an arts and crafts gem, a beautiful 4 star hotel set down a leafy lane, surrounded by some of the best walking in the country, with stunning views overlooking Win Hill.
Monkton Wyld Court exterior

Monkton Wyld Court, Dorset, England

A welcoming B&B and campsite, amid rolling hills and within walking distance of the Jurassic coast. Visitors return time and again, secure in the knowledge that the hosts are doing everything they can to make their stay a green and relaxing one.
14 rooms comprising singles, doubles, twins, family + dorms

£35/45 single, £70 double/twin, £99 triple and hostel accommodation at £20 - all prices are per night

Outdoor eating area

YHA Dartmoor, Devon, England

A rural, comfortable, dog-friendly, child-friendly retreat, perfect for family rambles and adventure days out with little ones. You're surrounded by open moorland and dense forest, with a network of cycling and walking paths on the doorstep.
35 beds

Dorms from £18

YHA Brighton Regency frontage

YHA Brighton, Sussex

Complete beach front regency grandeur, YHA Brighton is mere minutes walk from Brighton Pier, Prince Regent’s magnificent Pavilion and the Lanes 180 beds across 51 rooms ranging from single to eight beds all en suite, a 4* hostel with cafe and bar.
180 rooms

beds from £13

Sunset over the Helmsley

YHA Helmsley, Yorkshire, England

Not far from the atmospheric ruins of Rievaulx and below the dramatic hills and moors of the North York Moors National Park, the lovely little town of Helmsley boasts a fantastic youth hostel for those looking for a budget option. Dogs welcome!
35 beds in 7 rooms: 2 for 4, 4 for 6, 1 for 3

Dorms from £12.50; from £49 for 3, £59 for 4

Kipps Hostel-Brighton, Brighton, England

A budget option in central Brighton, Kipps has clean and comfortable rooms, plentiful and good value brekkies, and friendly staff who are always on hand with city info and suggestions on where to go.

YHA Truleigh Hill, Sussex, England

A quiet spot close to some fabulous walking and cycling routes and spectacular views. The hostel is set in the South Downs National Park, just inland from the coastal towns of Shoreham, Brighton, Hove and Worthing. Lovely grounds to relax in.
56 beds (dorms and private rooms)

Dorms from £11.50; private rooms from £29

Blaxhall YHA

YHA Blaxhall, Suffolk, England

At the heart of a Suffolk village on the edge of Blaxhall Heath surrounded by wildlife and beautiful countryside you will find dog friendly YHA Blaxhall. Perfect for bird watching, cycling and walking or indulge in the local delicious sea food.
40 beds: 1x3, 2x4, 2x6, 1x6 es plus dorm beds and campsite

Prices from: £13 - £29 (dorm beds - 6 bed room)

YHA Keswick, Cumbria, England

Take the launch across Derwentwater and climb Catbells before an evening stroll: this small, friendly youth hostel is well placed for exploring the Lake District. You're just a five-minute walk into town, and ten minutes to the lake.
85 beds in 26 bedrooms, sleeping 2-6

Dorms from £10; doubles from £39

YHA Bristol, Somerset, England

Explore buzzy, forward-thinking Bristol from this base right on the city's harbourside. Visit museums, galleries and independent shops. Brunel's magnificent suspension bridge is close, and the Somerset's rolling hills within striking distance.
133 beds (dorms, private rooms, some en-suite)

Dorms from £15; private rooms from £45

The Old School House Hostel, Lancashire, England

Set within gorgeous surroundings and just a short walk from the renown bird reserve Leighton Moss, this hostel is ideal for large groups. Cheap and cheerful (and comfortable, and clean), it's run on a no-profit basis by the local Quaker group.
6: 1 sleeps up to 25, 2 sleeps up to 3, 3 other large rooms

£15 - adults, £7.50 - under 16s

Sparrowhawk Backpackers Hostel, Dartmoor, England

One of the country’s friendliest, cosiest hostels is set in a beautifully converted stone stable, its hay loft providing space for the dorm beds. Run with the environment firmly in mind the hostel has a well-equipped kitchen and sheltered courtyard.
14 bed dorm + 1 double room

Dorm room: adult £17, child under 14 £8. Double room £38.

YHA Lulworth Cove

YHA Lulworth Cove, Dorset, England

Nestled in the Dorset hillside, this seaside timber retreat is just a one-mile walk away from Lulworth Cove and the South West Coast Path, and is the perfect place for discovering Dorset's Jurassic Coast and the historic Lulworth Castle.
34 beds in total. Camping space for up to 12 people.

From £20 for a single dorm bed - up to £90 for a private family room sleeping up to 6 people.

YHA Eden Project, Cornwall, England

Bed down in converted shipping containers in this fabulous eco-friendly hostel in the heart of the wonderful Eden Project. There's camping and bell tents available in the summer months, too. You're just a few minutes' walk to all the attractions.
234 beds in converted shipping containers. Campsite.

From £29 per person

Palace Farm Hostel with pretty flower boxes

Palace Farm Hostel & Campsite, Kent Downs, England

A family-run B&B, hostel and (quiet) campsite with tipis & yurts in a small quiet village in the heart of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Fantastic for relaxing, wildlife watching, cycling and walking in the beautiful surroundings.
1x 2, 1x4, 2x5, 1x6 and 1x8 person rooms

From £10 camping, £30 in the hostel

YHA Litton Cheney, Dorset, England

Surrounded by beautiful countryside just waiting to be explored, this former dairy in picturesque Litton Cheney is ideal for walkers and cyclists alike. Walk straight onto the South West Coast Path, or visit Chesil Beach and Abbotsbury Swannery.
22 beds, mix of private rooms and dorm beds.

From £18 for a dorm bed - up to £85 for a private room for 6 people.

YHA Berwick, Northumberland, England

The old granary, set in Berwick's historic quarter, has been given a total revamp – it now houses one of the YHA's most beautiful structures. There are 13 bedrooms, a fabulous café/bar, an art gallery, and music and comedy nights throughout the year.
13 rooms: 55 beds in total

Dorm beds from £15, family rooms from £45

Elterwater Hostel

Elterwater Hostel, Langdale Valley, Lake District

A 38 bed hostel in the heart of the Lake District, Langdale Valley is the perfect base for cycling, walking and climbing. A cost effective option for groups or families and perfect for individuals looking for self-catering or home cooking in comfort.
38 rooms

from £15

YHA Okehampton

YHA Okehampton, Dartmoor, England

This handy hostel has two sites – the original Goods Shed, next to Okehampton Railway Station, and Bracken Tor. Both sites offer a range of bunk rooms, some with private bathrooms, plus drying rooms, catering and dinning facilities and camping areas.
Sleeps 34 in bunks and en suite rooms

Beds from £14.50, private rooms from £24.

Hawkshead

YHA Hawkshead, Cumbria, England

This family-friendly grade II listed Regency style building, in a glorious setting overlooking tranquil Esthwaite Water, is an ideal base for cheap family breaks, school trips and activity breaks. Great for walking and cycling.
106 beds in dorms and private rooms; 8 pods; cabin for 5

Dorms from £15

YHA Swanage, Dorset, England

This elegant Victorian Villa on the dramatic Jurassic Coast is the perfect base for a family beach holiday. Within minutes, you can be building sandcastles on an award-winning sandy beach or enjoying the classic seaside resort of Swanage.
101 beds. Rooms 2-8 beds, for private hire or as dorms.

From £13 per person for a dorm bed - up to £90 for a private room for 6 or more people.

Deepdale Tipi

Deepdale Backpackers & Camping, Norfolk, UK

Award winning, eco friendly, self-catering, backpackers' paradise of a hostel and campsite on the Norfolk Coast. This beautiful village by the sea is designated an "area of outstanding natural beauty" - the driest, warmest, sunniest region in the UK.
Mixed private & dorm, Campsite, Tipis, Yurts, Shepherds huts

from £12.