The state-of-the-art YHA Cardiff Central was unveiled in March, offering 320 beds in a brilliant central location and occupying what was once a four-star hotel. Well suited to everyone from independent travellers and school parties to nightlife-lovers and conference groups, it’s a property that we’re hugely proud of. Look out for the fantastic handpainted murals in the bar area.
Three other new properties to try
The rave reviews being generated by the new YHA Eden Project are unsurprising – open since October, our “snoozebox” hostel accommodates 234 people in 60 modern en-suite bedrooms made from old shipping containers.
Following eight months of refurbishment, YHA Boggle Hole reopened in May. The uniquely located hostel, sitting in Robin Hood’s Bay within the North York Moors National Park, has benefitted from a whopping £1.2m investment and has an array of new features.
YHA Brighton, our spectacular new “luxury hostel” in the seaside city, was opened in November last year. With 180 beds across 51 rooms, and a setting in a gorgeous Regency building, it’s superbly placed for the main attractions.
Don’t leave YHA Cardiff Central without…
Discovering your inner Time Lord: Head to the Doctor Who Experience – a large-scale attraction full of interactive features – or take a guided visit of local filming locations.
Touring the Millennium Stadium: A cauldron of atmosphere on matchdays, the 74,500-seat rugby and football stadium can be toured year-round. It’s widely seen as Britain’s best.
Taking to the water: Head out from Cardiff Bay on a one-hour RIB ride around the South Wales coast, taking in Flat Holm Island.
Visiting the past: The St Fagans National History Museum is unquestionably one of Europe’s top open-air museums, celebrating Welsh history and culture across 100 acres.
Catching a show at the Millennium Centre: You’ll find comedy, theatre, dance and more at this groundbreaking arts venue. Check the website for free performances.
Exploring on two wheels: The acclaimed Cardiff Cycle Tours takes you to the parts of the city you’d otherwise miss.
Daleks and Dowagers: Four other shows filmed near YHAs
• Downton Abbey: YHA Streatley is a 30-minute drive from Highclere Castle.
• Broadchurch: YHA Litton Cheney sits close to West Bay.
• Wolf Hall: Visit Montacute House from YHA Street.