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


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 gender 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 dining room

Eat with us

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.



  • 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 (currently closed)

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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