Escape to the countryside
Need to burn off some steam and forget urban stress? Play with your children in the fresh air and enjoy the great outdoors with a Peak District getaway. This area is ideal for walking/cycling holidays and there are lots of enchanting tourist attractions like caverns and castles to discover. YHA Castleton Losehill Hall has ample room for little ones and beautiful gardens to explore – it even runs kids activities every morning in the school holidays. Gothic manor YHA Ilam Hall has an impressive games room with pool table, ping-pong and table football, while YHA Hartington Hall has cute farm animals and an adventure playground especially for kids. If you’re feeling brave, Alton Towers is near our Peak District hostels and guarantees a memorable day out.
For woodland adventurers, YHA Sherwood Forest is near the thrilling Go Ape and the winding cycle tracks and trails of Sherwood Pines Country Park. YHA National Forest is perfect for budget breaks and families get a discount for Conkers – an award-winning attraction next to the hostel with indoor and outdoor play areas. If you yearn for a magical seaside holiday, YHA Boggle Hole has a beach on its doorstep and lots of pirate-themed fun including spooky trails and dressing up boxes.
Go exploring in a city
Whether you’re being wowed by the Science Museum or hiding behind your children at the London Dungeon, you’ll never forget a trip to the capital. We have lots of hostels in London and YHA London St Pancras was named one of the “World’s Best Family-Friendly Hostels” and YHA London Lee Valley makes a quiet countryside retreat after a busy day out. If your family’s thirsty for knowledge, explore the museums and have a go at punting near YHA Cambridge – this stylish hostel’s university-themed décor will impress even the most cynical of teens. YHA York is uber- popular with families, boasting 32 en-suite rooms, an IT suite and even an archery range. York is unrivalled for history and budding archaeologists will be spoilt for choice with the unique Jorvik Viking Centre, a blood-chilling ghost trail and the hostel’s quiz night.
Top tips for hostelling as a family
Need some advice to make YHA stays with your little ones go smoothly? Like all guests, remember to bring everyone’s towels and toiletries – these aren’t provided in most YHA bathrooms. Also, check whether you’re staying at a hostel that does meals; you can always bring food along and prepare a yummy feast in our self-catering kitchens. Did we mention that kids under 10 eat free?
Many family rooms have bunk beds (some contain a single over a double), so it can be worth checking room layouts and planning who will sleep where. Browse the facilities icons on our website’s hostel pages and look out for family-friendly features like cots and en-suite rooms. Fancy something different? We also have our camping and cabins options where you can choose from beautiful bell tents or cosy wooden camping pods. Once your kids are tucked up for the night, you’ll have to settle down in your room too, so grab a book to read in bed, a pack of cards or a game to play.
Families who’ve stayed with us
To put your mind at rest, there’s nothing better than reading a review from a real family. Here are some bloggers who took the plunge with a holiday with us – and loved it. Popular feedback from parents is that they get everything they need, with the added bonus of YHA’s friendly communal atmosphere, fun games facilities and a low price. Get inspired by these adventures and pick up some tips for budget travel with your little ones.
• North East Family Fun stopped at YHA Sherwood Forest – they loved the hostel and found its private terrace was perfect for watching their kids play outside.
• Mummy M’s Memories liked the social aspect of YHA Idwal and that the whole family could mingle and make new friends.
• YHA Malham was My Mummy’s Pennies first stay in a Youth Hostel (they’re keen campers) but they got so much more value than they’d hoped for.
• My Gorgeous Boys stayed at YHA Hawes and enjoyed digging into our tasty Supper Club menu after exploring the local area.
• YHA Minehead is probably “the most family-friendly” hostel Seaside Belle has stayed in – she appreciated the warm welcome from staff and the handy bath.
Have a browse through our full list of hostels that are perfect for family breaks.