Destinations, Hostels, Issue 12

Hostel makeover

A major facelift for three West Country hostels.

“This Youth Hostel is one of many, both in this country and abroad, where young people, regardless of race or creed, may spend the night,” state the wonderful old green plaques that still adorn some hostels. “The buildings are diverse in character but they have a common purpose: to help all, especially young people of limited means, to a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside.”

Image of YHA Bath
YHA Bath

This is a maxim that has little changed since our first Youth Hostels opened in 1931. Our philosophy remains the same, as does the ‘diverse’ character of our properties, as a glance around the network attests. It’s an aspect we’re proud of, but the hostels do need plenty of TLC! Since 2011, we’ve spent more than £40 million on refurbishments, bringing facilities up to date to meet modern needs.

Image of YHA Swanage
YHA Swanage

The latest three hostels to enjoy an in-depth makeover are all in the West Country – YHA Bath, YHA Perranporth and YHA Swanage.

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