Tour the castle and enjoy fascinating stories from the past. Children can step into the world of a medieval knight or pretend to be witches and wizards as they stroll the corridors.
Alnwick Youth Hostel is located in the heart of the medieval town of Alnwick. Once the town’s Victorian Court House, its central location makes it ideal for a visit to Alnwick Castle, the medieval pile which featured in the early Harry Potter films as Hogwarts, as well as the neighbouring Alnwick Garden.
Plus, a short car journey takes you to the fabulous Northumberland coast and its glorious unspoilt beaches. Opened by HM the Queen in 2011, this 4-star hostel provides quality budget accommodation, suitable for families, independent travellers and groups alike.
Why guests love YHA Alnwick
Accommodation at YHA Alnwick
Once the town’s Court House built in 1856, today the accommodation offered by YHA Alnwick is somewhat less austere. YHA Alnwick offers a selection of dorm beds and private rooms with 57 beds in total. The hostel benefits from a lounge, dining room with tables and chairs, games room, quiet room and a drying room, so whether you've just come in from a muddy walk or you want to unwind with a good book, here is the place to do it.
Room breakdown: 15 rooms, all ensuite. 1 x single accessible room, 1 x double bedded room, 2 x 2 bedded bunk rooms, 1 x 3 bed bunk room, 6 x 4 bed bunk rooms, 1 x 5 bed family bunk room, 3 x 6 bed bunk rooms.
Located right in the heart of the town, all the bus routes pass the door, so expect some traffic noise. Alnwick is not a very big town and the major attractions can easily be walked from the hostel door. Barter Books, the north’s largest second-hand bookshop is just a few minutes’ walk from the hostel door. A 15 minute car journey takes you to the fabulous Northumberland coast, with glorious stretches of golden sand, rolling sand dunes and the imposing castles of Dunstanburgh, Warkworth and Bamburgh. The magical Holy Island of Lindisfarne and the Farne Isles are only a few minutes further north and a must for any bird enthusiast. Only a short trip inland brings you to the stunning heather clad Cheviot Hills and Border Reiver country.
Food and drink at YHA Alnwick
- Ambulant accessible
- Basic food shop
- Cot available
- Cycle store
- Free wi-fi
- Garden / grounds
- Wheelchair accessible
- Drying room
- Luggage store
- Board games
- Games room
- Library/Quiet room
- Private rooms available
- En suite rooms available
Food & drink
- Dining room
- Group catering available
- Licensed bar
- Meals available
- Self-catering kitchen
Other YHA products
- Meeting Rooms & Corporate Hire
- YHA Exclusive Hire
- YHA School Trips
Need to know
Reception times: 08.30 - 10.00 16.00 - 20.00 These hours are reduced during the winter months.
Check in: 16.00 - 20.00
Check out: 08.00 - 10.00
Parking: Some on street parking is available outside the hostel restricted to two hours, from 08.00 to 18.00hrs. You will find long stay parking to the rear of the Job Centre next door.
Pets: Assistance dogs are welcome.
Open every day?: Yes
Towels and toiletries: Towels and toiletries are not supplied but they are available to hire or purchase from reception. Bedding is supplied.
YHA School Trips
YHA Alnwick has nearby attractions which are perfect for biology, history and English trips. There are 57 beds, a well-equipped classroom and group catering facilities.
Visit the YHA School Trips website to book your school outing.
There are currently no volunteering opportunities at YHA Alnwick. Please visit YHA Volunteering to see what opportunities are available at YHA.
Alnwick Youth Hostel is formed of two very different buildings which were used by the local council until recently as office space. The main building dates back to 1856, and was built as the town's first Court House - the imposing bare stone walls downstairs emphasise the sense of authority and order. Now almost demolished, the town's Correction House stretched away towards the town at the back of the building. All that remains is the outer wall, forming part of our back yard wall and the name of the alleyway that runs between the two buildings - Correction House Alley.
The east building is actually a range of two smaller cottages, knocked together at some stage in the early 20th Century.
Back in the 1820s these buildings were leased to the local constabulary, the forerunner of the police force in Northumberland. A passage led through between the two buildings to a cobbled yard, illuminated by a gas lamp - rather extravagant for a domestic property. Here a small stable was provided for the pony that used to haul the police cart. The cobbles, the stable and the gas lamp bracket still exist. The courthouse and police houses fell out of use when the new police station and court room was constructed on Prudhoe Street in the 1920s.
The hostel sits on Green Batt - the name may derive from the area of land used by the yeomen of the town to practise their archery, known as a butt, and as this was outside the town walls, the land would have been fields, hence, Green Batt.
Meet the team
Welcome to Alnwick - I am Andrew Clarkson, hostel manager. I have managed a variety of hostels throughout the country, including a number of YHA hostels in Wales and the South of England, before moving north to Northumberland to run my own rural pub. I started working for Alnwick Community Development Trust as they were setting up the hostel here in Alnwick and steered the project to completion and opening in May 2011. When not managing the hostel, I enjoy pottering in my garden, exploring the many quiet beaches nearby and dreaming of building my own woodland hideaway.
Manager recommends: Right on our doorstep, in the old station building in Alnwick is Barter Books - one of the largest second hand bookshops in Europe. Adored by adults and children alike, it’s a very pleasant way to while away the hours, cup of coffee and a good read in hand.