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1930 was the year that welcomed Mickey Mouse, football’s World Cup – and a national hostelling movement in Britain. It was 88 years ago that the association came into being, two decades after a similar concept had begun in Germany. We had a clear mission from the start – aims we still steadfastly adhere to today – and had big plans, opening 73 hostels in 1931 alone. It was an inauspicious start, with a handful of them closing in the first year, but over the intervening decades we’ve built the network into one we’re truly proud of.

What’s more, three of those original hostels are still open today:

YHA Bridges (opened 1 May 1931), YHA Idwal (opened 2 April 1931) and the oldest, the Swiss-style chalet, YHA Street (opened 19 March 1931). Don’t miss staying in a piece of history.

YHA Bridges

YHA Idwal Cottage

YHA Street

Written by Ruby Higton

Here is Ruby and she is a digital marketer at YHA. She looks after all things social media, as well as content writing for and SEO. Her favourite YHA is YHA Perranporth.

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