YHA Alston Main Exterior
Bed in a single gender shared dorm
Private room


Covid-19 - Book with confidence

It is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of the current Government guidance. In making a booking with YHA (England & Wales) you are agreeing to adhere to the relevant Government guidance that will apply at the time of your stay. Please bear in mind that the guidance may be different in England and Wales.

The duty of care we have to our guests, beneficiaries, staff and partners compels us to progress and run our hostels with caution and careful consideration in the best interests of the charity and those it serves.

To find out more about our COVID-19 secure enhanced health and safety measures, please read our FAQs.

Temporary changes at YHA Alston

For the foreseeable future, the following changes will be in operation at YHA Alston. We are sorry for inconvenience this has caused, we're working hard to safely open all areas of our hostels as soon as we can.


  1. Dorms are not currently available.

Private rooms

  1. This hostel offers private rooms with en-suite or allocated sole-use bathrooms.

Exclusive Hire

  1. For the foreseeable future, YHA Alston will also operate on Exclusive Hire, with contact-free check in.


  1. Self-catering kitchen(s) remain closed.

  2. Lounge(s) remain closed.


  1. We will be serving a breakfast menu only for guests. Each group / room will have their own dining table assigned to them to use throughout their stay. Table service only.

YHA Alston is the perfect accommodation option for cyclists and walkers looking to enjoy the beautiful North Pennines scenery which surrounds the hostel. Ideally located for those tackling the Pennine Way or the Coast to Coast cycle route (the hostel is situated on both routes), the neighbouring countryside has great walking routes for all to enjoy, whether you are a keen hiker or prefer a more gentle approach.

Although the hostel is on the edge of town, there are three pubs that serve food, two supermarkets and local amenities within walking distance, providing all you need for a peaceful break. The hostel is also visited by red squirrels, that can often be seen through the dining room window.

Why guests love YHA Alston

  • Quiet, central location
  • Self-catering facilities
  • Great for walking

Accommodation at YHA Alston

The hostel

We have seven dormitories with 30 beds, all located on the first floor.

  • Free Wi-Fi is available at the hostel
  • Hire the whole hostel for a family getaway!

Room breakdown 2 x 2 bed rooms, 2 x 4 bed rooms and 3 x 6 bed rooms. Private room hire is available as well as single sex shared dorm rooms. 

There is a self-catering kitchen, dining room and comfortable lounge area. There are four showers and male and female washrooms. YHA Alston also benefits from a spacious drying room and secure indoor cycle storage for 20+ bikes.

The spacious self-catering kitchen has a good amount of storage and workspace as well as all the essential appliances to cook up a delicious meal. There is ample crockery, cutlery and cooking equipment.

Hire the whole place

This hostel is occasionally made available for hire on an exclusive basis between November and March. This means that you can have the place to yourself and choose how many of your friends, family, club mates, etc., join you. If you are looking for space to stay with us on a normal shared basis, and can’t see any availability, then this hostel may be being used for Exclusive Hire. You can check availability for Exclusive Hire on our dedicated website.


Food and drink at YHA Alston

YHA Alston meal

Hostel meals

Please contact the hostel directly to enquire about meals available during your visit. Please also note, this hostel is not licensed.



  • Cot available
  • Cycle store
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden / grounds


  • Drying room
  • Laundry
  • Lounge


  • Board games

Accommodation options

  • Private rooms available

Food & drink

  • Dining room
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen

Transportation & parking

  • Parking

Other YHA products

  • Sole use
  • YHA Exclusive Hire

Need to know

Reception times: 08.00 - 10.00 17.00 - 22.00

Check in: 16.30 - 22.00

Check out: 08.00 - 10.00

Open every day?: Yes

Parking: There is parking for up to 8 cars at the hostel and additional parking nearby.

Pets: Assistance dogs are welcome.

YHA Alston - Access Statement

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YHA Alston

Map references

OS Map: 86

OS Grid Ref: NY717461

Lat/Lng: 54.808934, -2.441886

Contact information

Phone: 03452602489

Email: [email protected]

YHA Exclusive Hire

Make YHA Alston your home for a few days by booking the whole place for yourself! Visit our YHA Exclusive Hire website for more details. Exclusive Hire group bookings can be made from November through to the end of March.


Purposely built in 1975 for YHA, YHA Alston is now privately owned as a YHA Enterprise hostel.

Meet the team

The hostel is owned and run by keen long distance walkers and cyclists Linda Willmott, Neil Willmott and Jenny Bradley.

Manager recommends: For something unusual, walk behind Ashgill Force waterfall. If you're feeling active mountain-bike the South Tyne Trail - the old railway path to Haltwhistle.

Walkers and cyclists welcome

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