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9 hostels easily reached by public transport

One of YHA’s great selling points is the beautiful locations of its hostels. Some are remote, others in buzzing urban centres – but we like to think they’re all in reach. A huge number of our lodgings sit close to train stations or bus stops, meaning that getting to your summer destination doesn’t have to rely on use of a private vehicle. We’ve highlighted a handful of top options here.

YHA Berwick

Quirky Northumberland conversion

YHA Berwick exterior

There is something special about Berwick-upon-Tweed: a town two and a half miles from the Scottish border, shaped by its geography on the mouth of the River Tweed, and full of historical sites. The hostel is set in a converted granary, just a few minutes from the train station, and makes a great base for the dramatic Northumberland Coast.

Stay at YHA Berwick

YHA Sheringham

Norfolk seaside charm

YHA Sheringham exterior

YHA Sheringham is only a 10-minute walk from the beach, and a mere five minutes from the train station and town centre. The ancient settlement of Sheringham sits on the North Norfolk coast and has the appealing motto of “the sea enriches, and the pine adorns”. Explore the gorgeous beaches and woodlands of the coast from this spacious hostel.

Stay at YHA Sheringham

YHA Swanage

Family destination by the beach

YHA Swanage exterior

In the year of the staycation, YHA Swanage will no doubt prove very popular. This sizeable Victorian villa is just a five-minute walk from an award-winning beach on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast and under 10 minutes from the train station. The hostel is recently refurbished, and has plenty of family sleeping options.

Stay at YHA Swanage

YHA South Downs

Quintessential Sussex experience

YHA South Downs exterior

YHA South Downs, located in an atmospheric old flint farmhouse, sits among the classic rolling downland of Sussex. It’s just a few miles outside of the historical town of Lewes – and a mere stroll from Southease train station. You’ll also find camping pods, bell tents, Landpods and campsite facilities available. 

Stay at YHA South Downs

YHA Cheddar

Escape to the heart of the Mendips

YHA Cheddar exterior

The famous Cheddar Gorge is within walking distance of this converted Victorian house and annexe – set in the little town of Cheddar itself, which is served by Bus 668. The hostel is also an ideal location for an activity break in the Mendips, with plenty of cycle and walking routes passing nearby. Activities can be organised through the hostel with partners Mendip Outdoor Pursuits.

Stay at YHA Cheddar

YHA Snowdon Pen-y-Pass

Mountain adventures on the doorstep

YHA Snowdon Pen Y Pass exterior

This hostel is set in one of Britain’s most important climbing locations. In its former life as a hotel, it hosted some of the most famous names in Everest history, including George Mallory, who practised on Snowdon’s Y Lliwedd face for the 1924 expedition. Walk out the door, and the mountains are right there. Various bus routes run right past the hostel.

Stay at YHA Snowdon Pen-Y-Pass

YHA Liverpool Central

For the perfect city break

YHA Liverpool Central bar area

One of the the funkiest hostels in the network, the new YHA Liverpool Central has as plum a city location as its name suggests, sitting a mere twist and shout away from the iconic Cavern Club, where The Beatles made their name. Adding to its city-break potential is the fact that Liverpool Lime Street Station sits less than 10 minutes’ walk away.

Stay at YHA Liverpool Central

YHA Cambridge

Smart spot for a city break

YHA Cambridge exterior

YHA Cambridge is just a three-minute walk from the train station, and a convenient base for making the most of this compact historical city. There’s plenty to tempt you – try delving into the indie food and shopping scene around Mill Road, exploring the free-but-brilliant Cambridge University Museums, or punting along the Cam.

Stay at YHA Cambridge

YHA London St Pancras

Capital exploration

YHA London St Pancras café interior

As we discover in our summer hits feature, London is a brilliant place to take kids in the summer holidays. There are several hostels in the capital, all, needless to say, very accessible by public transport (heck, this one is even named after a train station). YHA London St Pancras is also within walking distance of dozens of big-hitting attractions.

Stay at YHA London St Pancras

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