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Featured Hostels in York

Safestay York
4 out of 5
Micklegate House, 88-90 Micklegate, York, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £25 per night

Located in the heart of York, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Micklegate Bar, Jorvik Viking Centre and Shambles. York Grand Opera House and York Dungeon ...

4/5Very Good! (165 reviews)
Good value

"Safestay hostel has a friendly, helpful staff. Its in a good location with supermarkets, shops, cafes, postal mailing center and sights within a 10 minute walk. We stayed in the family room on the 3rd floor. The room was clean and spacious but the bathroom is tiny and the shower water was lukewarm. ..."…"

Reviewed on 11 Mar 2020

Safestay York
Astor York
2 out of 5
124 Holgate Rd, York, England
The price is £76 per night

Located in the heart of York, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Holgate Windmill, York National Railway Museum and National Railway Museum. Jorvik Viking ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (39 reviews)
Brilliant stay

"First time in a hostel and i will definitely be going back! Its like a little community and its really nice to stay there. A lot of stuff to do and the service and staff are really good at what they do! Highly reccomend"…"

Reviewed on 7 Mar 2020

Astor York
The Fort Boutique Hostel
2 out of 5
1 Little Stonegate, York, England
The price is £76 per night

Located in the heart of York, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of York Minster and Shambles. York Dungeon and Merchant Adventurers' Hall are also within ...

4/5Very Good! (69 reviews)
Hip hop

"A great hostel is you’re under 35, if you’re not it’s a little rawkus,"…"

Reviewed on 7 Oct 2019

The Fort Boutique Hostel
YHA York - Hostel
4 out of 5
Water End, Clifton, York, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £39 per night

Situated in York, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Homestead Park, York Minster, and Shambles. York National Railway Museum and National Railway Museum are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (99 reviews)

"Excellent facilities, very clean, knowledgeable friendly staff. Spot on location!"…"

Reviewed on 3 Feb 2020

YHA York - Hostel
YHA Helmsley - Hostel
4 out of 5
Carlton Lane, Helmsley, York, England
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Situated in a national park, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Helmsley Castle and North York Moors National Park. Duncombe Park and Hemsley Walled Garden ...

4.1/5Very Good! (12 reviews)

"It was just what was needed and the host went above and beyond. Thankyou."…"

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2019

YHA Helmsley - Hostel
University of York, James College
2 out of 5
James College, Newton Way, York, England
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Situated in York, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Fulford Golf Club and University of York. Jorvik Viking Centre and Shambles are also within 2 miles ...

University of York, James College
Pure CityStay The Brickworks
2 out of 5
The Brickworks, Hallfield Road, York, England
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Situated in York, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Central Methodist Church, Shambles and Jorvik Viking Centre. York Dungeon and York Grand Opera House ...

Pure CityStay The Brickworks
Naburn Station
Station House, York, England
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Situated in York, this hostel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from McArthur Glen Designer Outlet and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from York Racecourse. Kohima Museum is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) ...

Naburn Station
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Other property types in York

The Grand Hotel & Spa
The Grand Hotel & Spa
5 out of 5
Station Rise, York, England
The price is £109 per night
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,575 reviews)

"They had good arrangements for dealing with cv19. The location of the hotel is excellent. The rooms in the new block are extremely good and food is good. The biggest downside is car parking. A few spaces in a contract NCP basement is inadequate."…"

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2020

The Grand Hotel & Spa
Staycity Aparthotels Paragon Street
Staycity Aparthotels Paragon Street
4 out of 5
Paragon Street, York, England
The price is £60 per night
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,972 reviews)

"Room was brilliant. Pretty much a full kitchen to work with. Only thing that wasn’t too good was the bed was too big for a couple but was comfy and had a good night’s sleep."…"

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2020

Staycity Aparthotels Paragon Street
Hampton by Hilton York
Hampton by Hilton York
3 out of 5
Toft Green, Yorkshire, York, England
The price is £80 per night
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,107 reviews)

"Good walking distance from the centre of town. Rooms clean and comfortable"…"

Reviewed on 1 Aug 2020

Hampton by Hilton York
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Sandwiched between the half-timbered inns and crooked Tudor buildings of the medieval centre, waiting by the leafy banks of the River Ouse and conveniently popping up by the railway station on the edge of town, hostels in York can be a ticket to some of the best parts of this immersive English city. Many will channel the rich history of the place, with features like stone-fronted exteriors, fire-warmed lounges and charming cottage-style design, aiming to provide an immersive and authentic taste of local medievalism. Rooms range from the basic to the downright outlandish, with low-cost dorms rubbing shoulders with offbeat boutique lodgings – think space-age murals on the walls and Pop Art graffiti in the hallways. Some of the bare bones that can be expected in hostels in York include dedicated reception service, self-catering facilities, laundry amenities, and tour and ticket booking assistance.

The benefits of choosing hostels in York

While price is likely to be the main reason you're tempted by hostels in York, there's also plenty to be said for the unique style of these budget-friendly stays. Take the boutique rooms that hide in the midst of the old town area. As ales slosh in the nearby pubs and cups clink in the cosy tearooms just outside, these can whisk you away on cosmic adventures with astronaut wall art or futurist interior flurries. There's something a little more traditional on the menu for couples who are keen to get somewhere cheap and cheerful close to the Gothic turrets of York Minster and the romantic walks of The Shambles. To get that, you can home in on old inns and country cottages, which could have Victorian lounges and cast iron fireplaces.

It's common to find hostels in York have their own on-site cafe or eatery. You can head there in the morning to fill up on pastries, fresh fruits, coffee brews and perhaps even the occasional full English fry-up – though that's likely to cost a tad extra. Closer to the outskirts of town, it's possible to find options surrounded by parklands or private gardens, whether spilling down to meet the meanders of the River Ouse or set in the midst of the York University greens.

Recommendations for hostels in York

Though it's out on the leafy banks of the Ouse on the north side of the city, the YHA York remains one of the top picks in town. A charming Georgian-era building is merged with a modern extension of floor-to-ceiling glass and dark metal, there, to create a stylish space, including a large cafe and beautiful garden. What's more, you can stroll the riverside paths to the south to hit the soaring towers of York Minster. Even closer, however, is the Yorkshire Museum, where you can trace the story of this vast region of England back through Viking, Roman and prehistoric eras. For something totally different, the Fort Boutique Hostel can be a real adventure. Its dorms and doubles are brimming with intriguing artistry, graffiti works and even alpine-style wood cladding. The real joy, there, however, is being just steps from the enthralling Stonegate shopping street, a short hop from the famous pubs and boutiques of The Shambles and only a stroll from the JORVIK Viking Centre – a chart-topper for history buffs.

Frequently asked questions

Should I stay in a hostel in York?
Hostels are a great way to stay for a good value, so you can save more for fun things to do. You can check out cultural highlights like the historic sites in this destination, or enjoy the local tours and other activities.
What is a hostel?
No two hostels look exactly alike, but these dormitory-style accommodations all offer shared rooms (though many hostels also have private rooms), budget prices and a social atmosphere.
What are the best hostels in York?
Ready to book a hostel? These options get the highest reviews from our customers and could be a good place to start looking: Astor York - Located within a 20-minute walk of York National Railway Museum and National Railway Museum. You can take advantage of free WiFi and free parking, as well as a bar. Rooms come with lockers and linens. Safestay York - Located within a 10-minute walk of Jorvik Viking Centre and Shambles. You can take advantage of free WiFi and a bar, as well as a 24-hour front desk. Rooms come with showers, lockers and linens. YHA York - Hostel - Located within a 20-minute walk of York Minster and York National Railway Museum. You can take advantage of free WiFi and free parking, as well as a restaurant. You’ll find showers in all rooms. The Fort Boutique Hostel - Located steps from York Minster. Property features include free WiFi, 2 restaurants and 2 bars/lounges. Rooms come with towels, showers and free toiletries. University of York, James College - Located within a 20-minute walk of University of York. Guests can enjoy free WiFi and free parking. You’ll find towels, coffee/tea makers and linens in all rooms.
What's the seasonal weather in York?
Good weather’s always better when you’re discovering new places, so here are some stats that may be helpful: The hottest months are usually July and August, with an average temperature of 15°C, while the coldest months are January and February, with an average of 5°C. Average annual rainfall for York is 545 mm.
What is there to see and do in York?
Generally, York is known for its historical sites, museums and festivals. Major attractions include Shambles, Jorvik Viking Centre and York Minster. Get out into nature with places such as North York Moors National Park, Yorkshire Museum Gardens and Rowntree Park. Cultural attractions include York Grand Opera House, York Castle Museum and York Barbican.
What's the best way to get around York?
You can search for flights to the closest airport, which is Leeds (LBA-Leeds Bradford), 24.3 mi (39.2 km) from the city centre. An alternative is Durham (MME-Teesside Intl.), which is 40.7 mi (65.5 km) away. Once you’re on the ground, you might want to make use of public transport. To check out more of the area, catch a train at York Station, York Poppleton Station or Hammerton Station.