A warm welcome is waiting for you at YHA’s oldest location in Wales! This eco-friendly hostel offers superb Snowdonia accommodation for activity breaks in the Ogwen Valley and is surrounded by geographical wonders. Perfectly located between the Glyder and Carneddau mountains the hostel is great for strolls to the Cwm Idwal nature reserve and Devil’s Kitchen or for walking holidays on the Cambrian Way or the Welsh 3,000ft peaks. Whether you come for a life-affirming moment atop Tryfan – the north ridge ascent begins just 1.5km east of the hostel – or prefer to stay on the Ogwen Valley floor, this place will keep you coming back for more.
You can follow in the footsteps of YHA's founders – pick up a copy of the 'Idwal log' at the hostel and relive the walks and scrambles enjoyed by the Merseyside Group in those early years. Or if you've got the tourism bug visit the sites where Dr Who, Hammer of the Gods and Dragonslayer were filmed! Just ask at reception and we'll point you in the right direction.
So if you're looking for cheap family breaks with excellent self-catering facilities and a licensed bar, try YHA Idwal. And if you're inspired to visit the oldest YHA in Wales then consider taking a real step back in time with a stay in the Anglesey Hut. The quaint wooden sleeping hut from 1931 has been restored to its original purpose.
Please note: We are currently having issues with our boiler, heating and hot water, therefore are unable to accept bookings for dates up until the New Year. If you have a query, or wish to find out more about how this may effect an existing booking, please contact us.
Can't find a bed on your preferred date? Try choosing a different room type from the selection box above. Alternatively please call us on 0800 0191 700 or +44 (0) 1629 592 700. Members of YHA or Hostelling International are entitled to a discount of up to £3/night off the prices quoted above for bookings at YHA operated properties. Member discounts are redeemable at the checkout stage of your online booking. Family room prices are only available if your booking contains at least one adult and one child under 18.
08.00 - 10.00
17.00 - 22.00
17.00 - 22.00
08.00 - 10.00
YHA Idwal is open for booking every day from February half term until the end of October. From November to February the hostel is open at weekends and available for group bookings only during the week. The campsite is open from Easter until the end of October, depending on the weather conditions.
Hand soap is provided next to all sinks. Towels are not supplied as standard but can be rented or purchased from reception. Bedding is supplied in all rooms.
Dogs can stay on our campsite and in our Anglesey Hut. There is a £5 charge per dog per night for our Anglesey Hut accommodation which is payable upon arrival. You can bring your dog for free if you are camping in your own tent.
Pets are not permitted in the hostel accommodation at YHA Idwal however, assistance dogs are welcome throughout, please advise upon booking.
Nant Ffrancon, Bethesda, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 3LZ
By car: The hostel is off the A5 at the west end of Llyn Ogwen, 5 miles south of Bethesda. From Betws-Y-Coed take main A5 and stay on main road head toward Bangor/Bethesda. The YHA appears on the left behind another hostel, YHA clearly signed.
The nearest coach stop is in Bangor, 4.7 miles away.
Padam and Snowdon Sherpa Bus Service is suspended on Sundays and Bank Holidays. For current information check here.
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We are very grateful for all of the help and support that our generous volunteers give to YHA. We are proud of our “Investors in Volunteering” accreditation and have a wide range of opportunities available across the country, all of which will provide great learning or social experiences and help us to create even more opportunities for young people.
Volunteering is a great way to meet people, visit new places, gain experiences and have fun. Full details of all of our various volunteering programmes can be found on the Volunteering website.
At YHA Idwal Cottage we offer the following volunteering opportunities subject to availability:
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