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Our hostels span several centuries of different design trends.

The 150-plus hostels in our network are united in terms of their values, their purpose and their spirit of welcome. But they differ from each other in countless ways. From Swiss-style chalets and former schools to restored manor houses and one-time lifeboat stations, they collectively cover almost every architectural period of the past few centuries.

The most contemporary of our hostels are purpose-built. The building that houses YHA The Sill at Hadrian’s Wall, for example, earned the Selwyn Goldsmith Award for Universal Design. Many of our other properties, however, are defined by their historical character, with castles, shooting lodges and country piles all featuring in our network.

In short, they’re places with stories to tell. And the best part? By staying with us, you’ll have your own stories to tell, too.

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The Journey: 90th anniversary
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We're celebrating 90 years of adventure for all. Take a look at then and now – our trip back in time offers a taste of how life has changed during YHA's history. 1930 Price of a pint of beer: Approximately 5p Take in the view: Blackpool Tower (158m/518ft) UK...

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