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Friends' breaks

Breaks with friends

Looking for that perfect break to catch up with friends, that combines the great outdoors, perfect walks, activities, and adventure?

Explore YHA's fantastic hostels in England and Wales which offer the perfect accommodation to suits your needs at the end of a fun-packed day exploring.

Perfect for those who want a great location with plenty to do. Our hostels can be found in some great places including seaside towns, the lakes, within a stone's throw of local beaches, tucked away in the hills or in big cities. Take your pick.

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View from the rocks

Five hostels off the beaten track

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View of the countryside

Hidden gems in England

Many of YHA properties have incredible access to some of the country’s best hidden gems. Here’s a guide to some of our tucked away hostels in spectacular settings that have private rooms available for you to book from 17th May.YHA BeerIdyllic is the way one former...

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Reconnect with nature

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Why book your break with YHA?

Private rooms

Enjoy personal space in a private room

Camping & Cabins

Get closer to nature with our Camping & Cabins

Exclusive Hire

Hire the whole place for you and your group

Best price guaranteed

Book direct with YHA for the lowest price

Self-catering options

We cater for all with utensils, crockery and cutlery provided

YHA Member discount

Become a member and save on every booking

Young person discount

Bring anyone under 26 years old and get 5% off

Lots of activities

Pick from locations with access to amazing adventure

Ready to book your getaway?

Hire the whole hostel

We have over 100 unique properties in top locations across England and Wales, perfectly placed to explore hidden gems and national treasures.

From small and cosy holiday cottages, to large, spacious hostels, we have properties to hire to suit all.

Exclusive Hire properties

Things to do with your friends

Discover fantastic activities and things to do with your friends whilst on a YHA getaway and get ready for an adventure to remember.  

Create memories that you will cherish forever. Whether it is outdoor activities, hidden gems, national treasures, culture or history that you enjoy, our hostels are in great locations that offer plenty of choice for your break with YHA. 


Theme park

Alton Towers

There's something for all thrill seekers and families at Alton Towers, with tons of terrific (and terrifying!) rides and amazing live shows. Plus, there's CBeebies Land for the little ones.

mini golf

Blackbeard's Adventure Golf

Blackbeard’s Adventure Golf is an 18 hole golf course with a pirate and aztec theme which is great fun for all ages.

British Museum Tour

British Museum Small Group Tour

This 2-hour semi-private tour (8 people max per group) through the British Museum covers all the highlights of the museum including the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon Marbles, the Easter Island statues

Chester Zoo Lion

Chester Zoo

At Chester Zoo, you're never too old to have fun and learn something new about our planet and its inhabitants. With over 35,000 animals to meet, there's something for everyone.

Go Ape

Go Ape Grizedale

Fly 200 metres across the top of the Grizedale Beck and marvel at the forest canopy from 18m up a Douglas Fir. YHA members get 10% off outdoor adventures with Go Ape (all activities and locations,


London Dungeon

1000 years of London's gory history, 11 actor led shows and two scary rides make for a chilling experience and a great day out.

Manchester museum

Manchester's Museums

Manchester’s vast and varied history is celebrated across a number of excellent museums which span the city.

Roskilly's Ice Cream Farm

Roskilly's Ice Cream Farm

Take a look at a real working Cornish ice cream farm! Meet the herd of cows, go for a stroll around the meadows, and of course get a sample of their delicious ice cream.