What are the best hostels in the UK?


Budget travel doesn’t have to be second best. More and more travellers every year are looking to hostels for a memorable travel experience, and hostels everywhere are rising to the challenge.

For the 12th year running, Hostelworld has been recognising properties around the world for giving backpackers and budget travellers the chance to make some amazing memories, and this year, Britain has produced some rising stars.

All winners for the Hoscars 2014 were chosen based on customer reviews. For a chance to snap up a room at one of the UK’s best hostels, check out the winners…

Palmer’s Lodge: Swiss Cottage, London

Palmers Lodge

Palmer’s Lodge is a chance to experience luxury and convenience without upsetting your bank account, leaving you with more budget for exploring England’s capital.

The Fort Boutique Hostel: York

The Fort Boutique Hostel

York is one of Europe’s most visited cities, and The Fort Boutique puts you right in the centre, so you can take it all in without needing to spend a penny on transport.

Vagabonds: Belfast

Vagabonds Belfast

A stunning listed building makes Vagabonds one of Northern Ireland’s most unique hostels, and with an old fashioned wood burning stove for the winter, along with regular BBQ nights in the summer, you’re guaranteed to make some new friends.

Downhill Hostel: Castlerock, Northern Ireland


The Downhill Hostel is a repeat offender, winning the title of Best Hostel in Northern Ireland three years in a row. With a view of the longest beach in Northern Island and the big bad Atlantic Ocean, it’s not difficult to see why.

Castle Rock Hostel: Edinburgh

Castle Rock Edinburgh

Just next door to Edinburgh Castle and with its very own 75 hectare woodland, a stay at the Castle Rock is the perfect way to take in Edinburgh’s stunning natural setting.

Skyewalker Hostel: Isle of Skye

Skyewalker Hostel

Nestled out on the Minginish peninsula with a gorgeous view of the western coast, The Skyewalker Hostel promises the best of a peaceful, rural setting and easy access to big attractions like the Cuillin mountain range and the Talisker distillery.

The Riverhouse Backpackers: Cardiff

Riverhouse Backpackers

If you like old buildings with views of a pretty river, The Riverhouse Backpackers is most definitely your cup of tea. Hang out in the lounge of this 120-year-old Victorian building or take a short walk over to the city’s most popular attractions.

This is a guest post by Shing Mon Chung at Hostelworld. Tell us about your favourite hostel in the UK in the comments box below!

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3 Responses to “What are the best hostels in the UK?”

  1. Burgard Christine
    March 3, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

    My favourite hotel in Great Britain is Portmeirion
    hotel in Wales.

  2. Elspeth Wrigley
    March 4, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

    Terrific blog. I’m really excited about these Independent Hostels which bridge the gap nicely between the more formal YHA’s and basic hotels.

    I love the funkiness, creativity and individuality of them. I think they are going to be really attractive to overseas visitors as well as groups and independent UK travellers.

    Another bonus that I can see is that many have smaller dorms which are often en-suite. Opening up a whole new holiday option for families travelling with smaller children.

    Looking forward to seeing the continued success of these inspirational accommodations

  3. Dave Keighley
    March 9, 2014 at 8:18 am #

    Don’t forget that all Independent Hostels are not on Hostelworld. Have a look at our small deluxe hostel in the heart of the Lake District. Various size rooms from 3 to 6 and all ensuite. http://www.grasmerehostel.co.uk

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