35 COOLEST Hostels in UK (2020 • Insider Guide!)

 
The ultimate list of the best hostels in the UK. Period. Written by travelers, this is your insider guide to the UK at its best!

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The UK is one of the most versatile places to explore in Europe. Naturally, London sits high on the bucket list of any international globetrotter but should you get outside the nation’s capital you’ll find a whole heap of wonder waiting for you.

Unfortunately though, outside of the major cities, the UK’s hostel game is pretty poor. No need to stress though. That is why we have created this complete insider’s guide of the 35 best hostels in the UK. So that you can plan your trip with confidence.

From London to Liverpool, from Lewes to Leeds this complete guide to the 35 best hostels in the UK has been created with you in mind. The UK is ready and waiting for you. Let’s not waste any more time and jump right in!

 

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The 35 Best Hostels in the UK

 

Overall Best Hostel in the UK – Wombats City Hostel – London

Wombats City Hostel - London best hostels in the UK

Wombats City Hostel – London is our pick for overall best hostel in the UK

– $$$
– Bar
– Self Catering Facilities
– Laundry Facilities

If you are going to stay in just one hostel in the UK you better make it the overall best hostel in the UK, right? Wombats City Hostel is an all-around winner in our eyes. With an on-point hostel vibe, great location and kick ass facilities you will feel right at home. Established in 2014 Wombats City Hostel is still fresh-faced and ready to roll. Much like you!

The bar is the best place to get mingling – or perhaps you’ll find your tribe just hanging in your dorm. Stranger things have happened. The overall best hostel in the UK in 2018 is Wombats City Hostel. Decision made – book now!

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Hatters on Newton Street – Manchester

Hatters on Newton Street - Manchester best hostels in the UK

– $$$
– Free City Tours
– Free Breakfast
– Bar

Hatters on Newton Street is the coolest hostel in the UK, no doubt about it. Offering everything from a free breakfast to a free walking tour of the city, Hatters on Newton Street offers epic value for money.

Travelers have the time of their lives at Hatters and you will too. There is a fabulously international crowd that gets drawn to Manchester which is why Hatters is one of the overall best hostels in the UK.

An awesome base for solo travelers, digital nomads, couples and even party people. Everyone is welcome at Hatters on Newton Street.

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Art Hostel – Leeds

Art Hostel - Leeds best hostels in the UK

– $$
– Free Breakfast
– Laundry Facilities
– 24-Hour Reception

Art Hostel is a one-of-a-kind hostel in Leeds. As one of the overall best hostels in the UK, Art Hostel is the country’s first social enterprise that provides affordable accommodation created by artists. How cool is that?

Leeds has a thriving arts scene and is just a hop away from historic York. Art Hostel puts you right at the heart of the action. The staff are incredibly welcoming and there is a wholesome sense of community at Art Hostel. If you’re a creative or want to explore the more artistic side of yourself during your stay in the UK, Art Hostel in Leeds is calling out for you.

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Global Village –  Belfast

Global Village -  Belfast best hostels in the UK

– Free Breakfast
24-Hour Reception
Self Catering Facilities

Global Village is certainly one of the best hostels in the UK in 2018. Located in Belfast in Northern Ireland, Global Village the go-to hostel of choice for globetrotters heading to the home of the Titanic.

Set within a converted 19th-century building, Global Village is just oozing in character and there is a real sense of homeliness too. The facilities are top notch and a free breakfast is included in every room rate.

If you’re keen on exploring Belfast during your trip to the UK (and you should be!) secure your bed at Global Village now!

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Castle Rock – Edinburgh

Castle Rock - Edinburgh best hostels in the UK

– $$
– Self Catering Facilities
– Tours & Travel Desk
– Laundry Facilities

Castle Rock is the overallbest hostel in Scotland if you are heading to Edinburgh. You should definitely hit up the Scottish capital city while you’re in the UK, this city is something else!

Castle Rock hostel has everything you could need and more. Their room rates will never break the bank, even over New Years (the best time to be in Edinburgh). They get booked up way in advanced over that holiday BTW. As a guest, you’re welcome to cook for yourself in the communal kitchen and freshen up with a hot shower and complimentary laundry facilities.

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Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in the UK – Baggies Backpackers – Brighton

Baggies Backpackers - Brighton best hostels in the UK

Baggies Backpackers – Brighton is our pick for best hostel for solo travellers in the UK

– $$
– Self Catering Facilities
– Outdoor Terrace
– Security Lockers

The best hostel in the UK for solo travelers is Baggies Backpackers in Brighton. Brighton is famously one of the most open and friendly cities in the UK and solo travelers are welcomed with open arms.

Baggies Backpackers is the ideal base for solo travelers arriving in Brighton. The iconic pebble beach is just moments away and the city’s best cafes and bars are all within walking distance too.

There is a fantastically sociable vibe at Baggies Backpackers. Suffice to say you will find a new friend or two in Brighton. For the best deal, book today.

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YHA South Downs – Lewes

YHA South Downs - Lewes best hostels in the UK

– $$
– Bicycle Parking
– Outdoor Terrace
– Hot Showers

YHA South Downs is a top hostel in the UK for solo travelers. The South Downs is an exceptionally beautiful landscape to explore. If you are in need of a hiking buddy or just fancy finding a hostel-fam to chill with after a day on the Downs, YHA South Downs is the perfect place for you.

Low-key and unfussy, YHA South Downs is a traditional backpackers lodge in rural England. The dorms are just the right size and the whole place is kept perfectly clean by the wonderfully attentive team of staff.

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YHA Snowdon Llanberis – Caernarfon

YHA Snowdon Llanberis - Caernarfon best hostels in the UK

– $$
– Free Parking
– Self Catering Facilities
– Security Lockers

YHA Snowdown Llanberis is a fantastic youth hostel in Wales. Set in the town of Caernarfon, be sure to book your bed at YHA Snowdown Llanberis if you are planning on exploring Mount Snowdown and the surrounding national parklands.

Homely and warm, YHA Snowdown Llanberis is basic but bang on the money. The beds are comfortable and there are hot showers available all year round.

You’re welcome to cook in the communal kitchen if that works for you and your budget. There is a restaurant in-house if you don’t fancy cooking after climbing an actual mountain!

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Generator – London

Generator - London best hostels in the UK

– $$$
– Bar & Cafe
– Tours & Travel Desk
– Late Check-Out

London can feel like a tricky place for a solo traveler but panic not. The best hostel in the UK for solo travelers heading to London is Generator. Friendly and fun, Generator makes it super easy for solo nomads to connect with their fellow wanderers in London.

Generator is a one-stop-shop of a hostel. You can hang out in the bar and cafe, book onto day trips at the travel desk or even have a tinkle on the piano.

Generator London offers a free late check-out service. Be sure to make the most of the lie in!

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Mrs Potts – Cardiff

Mrs Potts - Cardiff best hostels in the UK

– $$
– Self Catering Facilities
– Luggage Storage
– 24-Hour Reception

If you’re a solo traveler seeking a home away from home in Cardiff, Mrs Potts is the place for you. Warm and welcoming, Mrs Potts hostel is a brilliant UK backpackers hostel that can be found in the heart of Cardiff. The Central Railway Station is just a few minutes walk away, so there’s no need to lug your backpack too far.

The decor is gorgeous and the dorms offer travelers just the right amount of space to spread out. The cottage feel to the hostel makes you feel right at home. There is a friendly welcome for everyone at Mrs Potts.

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Best Cheap Hostel in the UK – Nomad – Cardiff

Nomad - Cardiff best hostels in the UK

Nomad – Cardiff is our pick for best cheap hostel in the UK

– $
– Free Breakfast
– Bar
– Common Room

The best cheap hostel in the UK is Nomad in Cardiff. You won’t find value for money like this anywhere else in the UK. Offering all guests a belter of a free breakfast, access to free WiFi, and an in-house bar and games room – Nomad is the stuff of dreams. Cardiff is an affordable city to explore.  Being a student city, there are plenty of bars offering dirt cheap nights out – Winning!

Nomad is Cardiff’s best-kept secret. Now the secret is out you best book your stay ASAP – you don’t want to miss out on this value.

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Plymouth Backpackers – Plymouth

Plymouth Backpackers - Plymouth best hostels in the UK

– $
– Free Breakfast
– Cafe
– Self Catering Facilities

Plymouth Backpackers is the best budget hostel in the UK in 2018. Offering all kinds of freebies and a real sense of community, Plymouth Backpackers is your go-to destination in Plymouth.

You are welcome to make yourself feel right at home. You can cook in the communal kitchen, catch up on your laundry, chill out in the common room or simply catch up on some rest in your cozy dorm. The free breakfast is a great money saver, don’t miss out on that.

FYI – they offer a price match guarantee with every other hotel in Plymouth – that’s pretty impressive.

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YHA Keswick – Lake District

YHA Keswick - Lake District best hostels in the UK

– $
– Bicycle Hire
– Common Room
– Self Catering Facilities

If you are getting off the beaten track in the UK and want to stay on budget, be sure to check-in to YHA Keswick in the Lake District. As a highly recommended hostel in the UK, YHA Keswick delivers everything outdoorsy travelers could possibly need. Travelers fall in love with the charm of YHA Keswick and it is not hard to see why.

There is a family feel to the hostel and you will fit in instantly. The bar is a great place to meet with your fellow guests and perhaps compare notes on hiking routes in the Lake District.

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Belfast International Youth Hostel – Belfast

Belfast International Youth Hostel - Belfast best hostels in the UK

– $
– Self Catering Facilities
– Tours & Travel Desk
– Laundry Facilities

Belfast International Youth Hostel is a great budget hostel in the UK and a top pick for broke backpackers heading to Belfast. Set in the heart of the city, Belfast YHA helps you save money throughout your stay.

With free city maps and tourist information you needn’t fork out for taxis, you can explore on foot. You can save a bob or two on the food front too. You can prepare your own meals in the hostel kitchen.

Although Belfast International Youth Hostel is an HI-YHA hostel you don’t need to be a member in order to stay.

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Everton Hostel – Liverpool

Everton Hostel - Liverpool best hostels in the UK

– $
– Free Breakfast
– Self Catering Facilities
– Security Lockers

Everton Hostel is a great UK backpackers hostel for budget-conscious travelers looking to explore Liverpool. The garden area is the best place to hang out at whatever time of day you choose. Contrary to popular belief it doesn’t rain every day in the UK. Sports fans will book this place in a heartbeat.

Everton Hostel, as the name suggests, is super close to Everton FC. Liverpool FC is within walking distance too.

If you are in Liverpool specifically to catch a game, this is the place to stay for sure. FYI – the free breakfast is epic!

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Best Hostel for Couples in the UK – Hamilton Backpacker Lodge – Fishguard

Hamilton Backpacker Lodge - Fishguard best hostels in the UK

Hamilton Backpacker Lodge – Fishguard is our pick for best hostel for couples in the UK

– $$
– Free Breakfast
– Self Catering Facilities
– Outdoor Terrace

Hamilton Backpacker Lodge is the best hostel in the UK for couples. Located in the small town of Fishguard in Wales, Hamilton Backpacker Lodge is the perfect place for a romantic getaway.

Set within a traditional Welsh townhouse, there is a rural B&B feel to Hamilton Backpacker Lodge. This is partly why travelers love it so much. There is a real authenticity to this hostel and as it is run by a team of local staff you’ll be privy to all their top tips.

The whole hostel is kept in immaculate condition. You’ll love cooking in their fully equipped kitchen.

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SoHostel – London

SoHostel - London best hostels in the UK

– $$
– Free Breakfast
– Tours & Travel Desk
– Laundry Facilities

Finding affordable hostel rooms for couples in London can be tricky. You can stop your search though and get booked into SoHostel. This gem of a hostel is a fantastic UK backpackers hostel that has private rooms that don’t break the bank. There is so much on offer at SoHostel, you and your lover won’t want to leave.

Whatever you do, don’t miss the free walking tour of London. The hostel-fam also hosts a nightly happy hour from 5 pm – 7 pm. This is a great way to get to know the hostel crew and perhaps explore London’s nightlife together.

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BunkHouse – Cardiff

BunkHouse - Cardiff best hostels in the UK

– $$
– Free Breakfast
– Bar
– Self Catering Facilities

BunkHouse is one of the coolest hostels in the UK. With a bohemian feel and an on-point hostel vibe, BunkHouse is a winner for travelers of every variety. Although they don’t have private rooms, BunkHouse is one of the most sociable hostels in Cardiff.

Sometimes traveling with a partner can mean you don’t meet as many people as when you are traveling solo. Staying at BunkHouse means that you and bae can get mingling and making new friends aplenty.

The free breakfast is a game changer and adds even greater value for money at this already super reasonable youth hostel in the UK.

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Totters – Caernarfon

Totters - Caernarfon best hostels in the UK

– $$
– Free Breakfast
– Self Catering Facilities
– Bicycle Parking

Totters in Caernarfon is a top hostel in the UK for couples. This homely hostel offers affordable private rooms and a heap of added extras. As a guest of Totters, you can dive into the communal kitchen and whip up a feast for you and your lover.

If you are cycling through Wales (which is a popular option) you can book Totters safe in the knowledge that there is secure parking for your rig too.

The continental breakfast sets you up for a perfect day exploring some of the UK’s most impressive national parklands.

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Liverpool International Inn – Liverpool

Liverpool International Inn - Liverpool best hostels in the UK

– $$
– Free Breakfast
– Cafe
– Tours & Travel Desk

For couples heading to Liverpool, Liverpool International Inn is the best hostel in the UK for you. With spacious private rooms available, you and bae can have the best of both worlds in Liverpool.

The hostel is an open and friendly place where travelers can be found hanging out together and simply enjoying one another’s company. You are welcome to be as extroverted or introverted as you like.

Set within a former Victorian warehouse, Liverpool International Inn has a whole heap of charm and character that you’ll surely fall in love with. FYI – both of Liverpool’s cathedrals are within walking distance.

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Best Party Hostel in the UK – Hatters Hostel – Liverpool

Hatters Hostel - Liverpool best hostels in the UK

Hatters Hostel – Liverpool is our pick for best party hostel in the UK

– $$
– Bar
– Common Room
– Laundry Facilities

Hatters Hostel in Liverpool is the best party hostel in the UK. This place is perfect for party people. Liverpool is famously the party capital of the UK and Hatters Hostel puts you right in the heart of the action. The bar is open until late and has some epic drinks discounts available to guests. The hostel fam know all the best places in town and gladly share them with you.

The dorms are clean and tidy. Always providing a comfortable place to crash after a big night out in Liverpool. There is a pub crawl every Thursday and Friday – get planning around that!

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Globe Backpackers – Exeter

Globe Backpackers - Exeter best hostels in the UK

– $$
– Free WiFi
– Luggage Storage
– Common Room

Globe Backpackers in Exeter is a bit of a curveball for the party people. Although the hostel itself is pretty low key, hostel options are pretty thin on the ground in Exeter. But the party scene is next level. What to do?

Globe Backpackers doesn’t have a curfew so you can come and go as you please. Exeter’s hottest nightclubs are only a short walk away, so you don’t have to miss a thing. Globe Backpackers offers you the best of both worlds. Access to Exeter’s drinking culture and a safe and cozy place to crash at the end of the night.

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Rock N Bowl Hostel – Bristol

Rock N Bowl Hostel - Bristol best hostels in the UK

– $$
– Free Breakfast
– Bar
– Common Room

Rock n roll to the core, Rock N Bowl Hostel in Bristol is an awesome youth hostel in the UK for party animals. The party scene in Bristol is not to be missed. Thanks to the huge student population it feels like every night is Friday night!

There is a bowling alley and nightclub in-house. You needn’t stray far to find the good times in Bristol. There is even a pizzeria in-house too. This place is the dream.

As a guest, you get discounts on drinks and on bowling too. FYI – fun-loving hostel gets booked up way in advance.

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Kick-Ass Hostels – Edinburgh

Kick-Ass Hostels - Edinburgh best hostels in the UK

– $$
– Free City Tour
– Bar & Cafe
– 24-Hour Security

You haven’t partied until you’ve partied in Scotland! Kick-Ass Hostels is the coolest hostel in the UK for party people heading to Edinburgh. This place just gets better the more you learn about it.

Kick start your day with a free walking tour of the city. Drop back to the hostel to liven up with a coffee at the cafe then head back out and explore. Come evening time get yourself a spot at the bar and let the good times roll!

The dorms are generous in size and every guest has access to their own security locker too.

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Hatters at Hilton Chambers – Manchester

Hatters at Hilton Chambers - Manchester best hostels in the UK

– $$
– Bar
– Pub Crawl
– Free Walking Tour

Hatters at Hilton Chambers in Manchester is a highly recommended hostel in the UK for anyone who wants to party. With a newly opened bar in-house and a heap of free events to enjoy, Hatters in Manchester is not to be missed.

The pub crawl that runs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday is one of the best in the country and will offer you the chance to explore the UK’s nightlife scene to the full.

There are private rooms available should you want to retreat after going hard on the town. The hostel is 5-minutes from the central train station.

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Psst! Heading to a hostel? Don’t forget to pack a padlock! It’s well worth having one so you can secure your locker and protect your stuff!

 

Best Hostel in the UK for Digital Nomads – The Baxter – Edinburgh

The Baxter - Edinburgh best hostels in the UK

The Baxter – Edinburgh is our pick for best hostel in the UK for digital nomads

– $$$
– Free Breakfast
– Key Card Access
– Tours & Travel Desk

The Baxter is the best hostel in the UK for digital nomads. Created with the 21st-century wanderer in mind, The Baxter is not only highly functional but super stylish too.

Living on the road we know that digital nomads are seeking something a little bit different – The Baxter is just that. With a vibe all of its own and a subtle sense of class, you can feel like the suave digital nomad you long to be at The Baxter.

There is free WiFi in all areas and the free breakfast is a total bonus. Super safe and in a great location. Win…win…win!

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The Walrus – London

The Walrus - London best hostels in the UK

– $$
– Bar
– Free Breakfast
– Self Catering Facilities

If you want to cut in London as a digital nomad you need to be savvy with your money. The Walrus is the coolest hostel in the UK for London-bound digital nomads. Offering free WiFi, a free breakfast and an inspiring space to work in, The Walrus is a hidden gem. There are plenty of coffee shops within walking distance of The Walrus too, for when you need a change of scenery.

Each guest has their own security locker within the dorm itself. You can sleep sound knowing your precious gear is as safe as can be.

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YHA Cardiff Central – Cardiff

YHA Cardiff Central - Cardiff best hostels in the UK

– $$
– Bar & Cafe
– Free Parking
– Security Lockers

YHA Cardiff is a top hostel in the UK for digital nomads. Exploring the UK is best when you have your own vehicle. Thankfully YHA Cardiff Central offers free parking. This will save you a heap in parking fees in central Cardiff. If you’re a digital nomad heading to Cardiff you’re probably going to want to stick around for a while and YHA Cardiff Central makes for the perfect base.

Homely and welcoming, this hostel ticks all the right boxes for the 2018 digital nomad. The dorms are comfortable and security is tight. You’ll love it here.

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Happy Brighton – Brighton

Happy Brighton - Brighton best hostels in the UK

– $$
– Cafe
– Self Catering Facilities
– Security Lockers

Happy Brighton is a fantastic youth hostel in the UK for digital nomads. This place has so much to offer. Whether you’re a digital nomad or not, Happy Brighton is a great option for the South East section of your trip. WiFi is always free and unlimited and is pretty reliable too. There are plenty of spaces to work in, including the in-house cafe.

Each bunk bed comes with its own power socket, LED reading light and blackout curtain. You can work the night away and your roommates will be none the wiser.

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Euro Hostel Liverpool – Liverpool

Euro Hostel Liverpool - Liverpool best hostels in the UK

– $$
– Bar & Cafe
– Tours & Travel Desk
– Laundry Facilities

Euro Hostel Liverpool is a gem of a hostel for digital nomads heading the UK’s city of culture. There is so much inspiration to be absorbed in Liverpool, its an ideal destination for digital nomads. Euro Hostel is modern and vibrant. Offering everything you could ask for in your dream hostel, you can’t go wrong booking a bed here.

Home comforts like laundry facilities, fully equipped kitchen and hot showers all go a long way in making Euro Hostel Liverpool such a highly recommended hostel in the UK. There is a bit of a party vibe here too of an evening. Take it or leave it.

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Best Hostel in the UK with Private Room – Sleep Eat Love – Liverpool

Sleep Eat Love - Liverpool best hostels in the UK

Sleep Eat Love – Liverpool is our pick for best hostel in the UK with private room

– $$
– Security Lockers
– Luggage Storage
– Common Room

Sleep Eat Love is, of course, the best hostel in the UK with private rooms. This beaut of a hostel even offers private single rooms. What a find! Sleep Eat Love is forward thinking hostel that always put the needs of guests first.

You can mingle with fellow travelers in the common room, there is plenty of space to do yoga too. The staff are really on the ball and happy to help in any way that they can.

Just a heads up, the private rooms get booked up super quickly because they are so affordable.

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The Dictionary Hostel – London

The Dictionary Hostel - London best hostels in the UK

– $$$
– Free Breakfast
– Bar & Cafe
– Tours & Travel Desk

Located in one of the coolest areas of London, The Dictionary Hostel is one of the coolest hostels in the UK. Offering both private rooms and dorms too, this hostel has got all bases covered.

Being located within one of London’s trendiest neighborhoods does mean that The Dictionary Hostel is a little pricey. It is great value for money though. The free breakfast is not to be missed and there is always heaps going on to get involved with.

Must visit places like Brick Lane, Spitalfields Market, and Columbia Road are all a short walk away.

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Blossom – Edinburgh

Blossom - Edinburgh best hostels in the UK

– $$
– Free Breakfast
– Free Parking
– Tours & Travel Desk

Blossom is a top hostel in the UK with private rooms. In fact, Blossom is a B&B that just so happens to have dorm rooms available. Locally run and a real home from home, Blossom is a great find. Blossom offers a complimentary breakfast each and every morning of your stay and boy is it a great way to start the day.

If you’re exploring the UK by road Blossom would be a top pick for you too. Free parking is available onsite. If you stayed anywhere else you’d be charged an arm and a leg to park up.

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Farset International – Belfast

Farset International - Belfast best hostels in the UK

– $$
– Free WiFi
– Restaurant
– Wheelchair Friendly

Farset International is an ideal UK backpackers hostel for travelers keen to have their own private room. Set within an ideal location in central Belfast, Farset International fast becomes a firm favorite with all who visit. Simple and unfussy, Farset International does have more of a hotel vibe than your traditional hostel.

If you like to keep yourself to yourself and want to stay on budget in Belfast, Farset International would be the ideal place for you. If you fancy connecting with other guests you’ll find the crew in the restaurant of an evening or perhaps you’d be able to nab them at breakfast time too.

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Seadragon Backpackers – Brighton

Seadragon Backpackers - Brighton best hostels in UK

– $$
– Free Breakfast
– Common Room
– Self Catering Facilities

Seadragon Backpackers in Brighton is a top pick for travelers seeking a private room. This top hostel in the UK gains nothing but positive reviews and that speaks volumes. The private rooms are super affordable and are just the right size. The private rooms offer access to the shared bathroom facilities that are kept super clean. There are always hot showers available too.

The common room is a great place to hang out if you’re keen to meet likeminded backpackers in Brighton. The staff are really friendly and happy to help where they can. Get chatting, but first, get booking!

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The Best Travel Backpack?!

Pssssst! Not picked the perfect travel backpack yet? The Broke Backpacker team has tried out over thirty backpacks this year! Our favourite carry on backpack is the Nomatic Travel Bag.

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What to Pack for your UK Hostel

Pants, socks, underwear… Here are some other items you might not have thought to pack.

 

Headphone Spltter1. Headphone Splitter: You’re the one with the Netflix account and your friend wants to watch too? But you don’t want to share headphones? And you’re good people who wouldn’t disturb your dorm mates? That’s not going to be a problem with this Headphone Splitter! Plug in two pairs of headphones at the same time, so both of you are able to listen to music or watch shows simultaneously. It comes in handy and won’t weigh you down.

 

Travel Pillow2. TRTL Travel Pillow: Nothing is worse than a sleep-deprived and grumpy backpacker. Do yourself a favour and get some decent rest with this comfortable TRTL travel pillow. The ergonomic design (fancy!) makes it possible to sleep upright, which can be a real struggle with normal neck pillows. Having this cool pillow makes long bus rides or flights way more enjoyable – and who knows, maybe you’ll even be looking forward to it next time. If so, leave those guys a good review.

 

AR Towel3. Active Roots Microfiber Towel: Quick-drying, lightweight, super soft and compact – the Active Roots Microfiber Towel is essential for every backpacker. No need to use the scabby towels your hostel may or may not provide! Use it for drying off, as a yoga towel or even as a picnic blanket – the options don’t stop here. Made of antibacterial material, you don’t have to worry about your towel starting to smell unpleasant either after lots of use.

 

best toiletry bag for one bag travel4. Active Roots Toiletry Bag: Your toothpaste is lost in the depths of your backpack again? You won’t have this problem with the Active Roots Toiletry bag. The bag is made from a durable, water-resistant material, which can be a lifesaver on long travels. Super cool bonus: for every purchase, the company donates to an environmentally-friendly charity – it’s a win-win situation for everyone.

 

Travel Pocket Soaps5. Sea to Summit Travel Soap: The Sea to Summit multipurpose soap leaves are the perfect hygiene travel companion. The individual, Leave-no-Trace-certified strips are great for keeping your hands clean before you eat in that dodgy but delicious restaurant. There are also little strip packs for laundry, shampoo and shaving.

 

Noise Cancelling Earbuds6. Noise-Cancelling Earbuds: Noise in hostels… is a thing. Your bunkmate coming in late, motorbike traffic just below your window, construction on the property or the round-the-clock rooster that seems to follow you to every f*cking hostel. Having a way to escape the noise while you sleep makes for a well-rested morning. Noise canceling ear-buds are a great solution, just put on your favorite artist or load a quick Netflix episode to fall asleep too.

 

Why you should travel to UK

And breathe…what a list that was! Who’d have thought that there is so much choice within the 35 best hostels in the UK?

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the number of hostels available to you, take it easy. Remember our overall best hostel in the UK is Wombats City Hostel – London. This is a great starting point. Book your stay there today and come back to arrange the rest of your trip later. Remember to bookmark this epic guide!

So, what do you think? Which of these hostels is calling out to you? Maybe you have been to the UK before and we’ve missed your favorite hostel from the list. Be sure to comment below and let us know. We’d hate to miss a kick-ass hostel from this guide! Share your thoughts.

Wombats City Hostel - London best hostels in the UK

 

Travel Safety Tips for UK

And don’t forget to sort your travel insurance before heading to UK! We’ve put together a roundup of the best travel insurance for backpackers – check it out here, or if you’re low on time, get a quote from World Nomads, our favorite travel insurance provider.

Getting an estimate from World Nomads is simple – just click the button or image below, fill out the necessary info, and you’re on your way!

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More Epic Hostels in UK and Europe

Hopefully by now you’ve found the perfect hostel for your upcoming trip to UK.

Planning an epic trip all across UK or even Europe itself?

Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered!

For more cool hostel guides around Europe, check out:

 

Over to you

By now I hope our epic guide to the best hostels in Switzerland has helped you choose the perfect hostel for your adventure!

If you think we’ve missed anything or have any further thoughts, hit us up in the comments!

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