Our Story

On 10 April 1930 YHA was established on a shoestring by a band of passionate pioneers determined to enable young people to escape to the countryside and enjoy leisure pursuits on a scale only previously possible for the wealthy.

Today, YHA runs a network of over 150 Youth Hostels. From castles and Grade I listed buildings to camping pods and arctic cabins, our accommodation is set in picturesque coastal towns, city centres and stunning countryside locations throughout England and Wales.

Since 2011 we’ve invested over £33 million in our network and we’re not about to stop there. We’re continually reinvesting, revitalising and creating exciting new accommodation to provide our customers with the unique opportunity to discover, explore and experience something new.

We aim to help young people, families and friends, travellers and individuals to explore, learn and relax the length and breadth of England and Wales.