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Plymouth is an enticing mix of vibrant student city and gritty old naval base, capping off one of the largest natural harbours on the English South Coast. You can come here to feel the bracing winds coming off the Channel as you hop between the cobbled waterfront quays of the historic Royal William Yard. You can come to wonder at the curious creatures of the National Marine Aquarium, before sipping curated gins in creative distilleries. The cheapest way to do all that could just be with a hostel in Plymouth, which come with low-cost rates all round. Room-wise, it's all about classic backpacker dormitories with shared bathrooms, though there are single-sex and private twin rentals available to boot. What's more, hostels in Plymouth herald lively vibes, putting travellers together in maritime-flavoured common spaces near the town's immersive heritage quarters.
Looking for somewhere to stay that won't break the bank? Hostels in Plymouth promise some of the very best rates of any type of accommodation in this buzzing port town. They do that by focusing on the on the basics of a stay. Bag a bed in a mixed dorm for the cheapest option of all, or fork out a little more to score a private double or twin room. Most options will share a bathroom, along with a whole host of other welcome features that create that sought-after backpacker vibe – think common lounges with TVs, football games, large dining tables and self-catering kitchens.
Style-wise, hostels in Plymouth have a cosy, lived-in feel that's true to the city's down-to-earth character. Dorms are set in compact rooms inside centuries-old townhouses. They sit on the outskirts of the main centre, where you'll discover the bustling ferry ports to both Spain and France. When it comes to amenities, you can look forward to fast WiFi links throughout, tea- and coffee-making facilities, good access to public transport networks and a reception desk that's always on hand to help with tips and directions to the town's top sights, bars, pubs and eateries.
To really be immersed in the naval past of this salt-washed city on the South Coast, you might want to focus your accommodation search on the areas by the old quays. They include the Barbican and the Royal William Yard, which each ooze their own grandeur and magnificence, hosting listed buildings and handsome Napoleonic-era facades aplenty. A stay in either also promises to put you close to the acclaimed National Marine Aquarium, where tropical reefs converge on tanks of jaw-snapping sharks. The famous Plymouth Hoe is also next door. Come summer, it's a fine place to walk and people-watch, with views of the English Channel, and ad hoc markets and performance events. The Plymouth Backpackers Hotel is a low-cost hostel in Plymouth that will put you a little to the west of all that. From there, you can easily walk or taxi to the ferry ports that have services linking to Europe.