YHA Boscastle Exterior
Bed in a single gender shared dorm
Private room


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An iconic and unique building, set on a steep-sided valley on the rugged north Cornwall coast, this National Trust-owned rural retreat offers top quality accommodation.  Perfect for everyone from single travellers, to family holidayers, YHA Boscastle makes the ideal base for your Cornish coastal break in a pretty, bustling fishing village which typifies the local area.

For a more energetic activity break, you’ll also find excellent surfing and sailing, plus miles of coastal footpaths to explore - great for walking holidays.

Why guests love YHA Boscastle

  • Unique location within valley
  • Set within quaint Cornish fishing village
  • En-suite rooms available

Accommodation at YHA Boscastle

The hostel

The large open lounge and dining area is welcoming and comfortable and there is outside seating for those who like eating in the sunshine. The hostel comprises 28 beds with four double beds and 20 single bunk beds. It is self-catering only here, but you can get to know the locals in the nearby pubs while sampling some tasty Cornish food and local ales. We have a well-equipped self-catering kitchen with everything you need to prepare delicious meals throughout your stay.

There is a four bed en-suite room which has a large kitchen area where you can prepare meals for self-catering, your very own suite!

Hire the whole place

This hostel is occasionally made available for hire on an exclusive basis. This means that you can have the place to yourself and choose how many of your friends, family, club mates, etc., join you. We allocate availability for exclusive use in blocks, typically up to 90 days in the future. If you are looking for space to stay with us on a normal shared basis, and can’t see any availability three months or more into the future, then this hostel may be being held for Exclusive Hire. You can check availability for Exclusive Hire on our dedicated website.




  • Cycle store
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden / grounds
  • Wheelchair accessible


  • Drying room


  • Board games

Accommodation options

  • Private rooms available
  • En suite rooms available

Food & drink

  • Dining room
  • Self-catering kitchen

Other YHA products

  • Trade bookings
  • YHA School Trips

Need to know

Check in: From 17:00 - 21:00

Check out: Before 10:00

Open every day?: YHA Boscastle is open every day for bookings from March until October. From November until February the hostel is only available for group bookings and YHA Exclusive Hire.

Towels and toiletries: Towels and toiletries are not provided but are available to hire or purchase from reception. Bedding is supplied.

Dogs: Pets are not permitted at YHA Boscastle. Assistance dogs are welcome.

Parking: We have no parking at the hostel. Customers have to use the council car park which is £5.20 for 24 hours but free overnight from 17:00 - 10:00. You may drive down to our hostel and stop to unload and drop off bags, then go and park.

YHA Boscastle - Access Statement

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YHA Boscastle

Map references

OS Map: 190

OS Grid Ref: SX096915

Lat/Lng: 50.69074, -4.695582

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9006

Email: [email protected]

YHA Exclusive Hire

Want to rent the whole property to yourself? YHA Boscastle is available as an Exclusive Hire property from the autumn half term to the Easter holidays. Please visit our YHA Exclusive Hire website for more details.


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 Boscastle we offer the following volunteering opportunities subject to availability:

Please contact [email protected] or call 01629 592562 for more information.


YHA Boscastle originally started it's life as the Palace Stables, owned by the National Trust. YHA took control of the building in 1960 and began a two year restoration process, opening the hostel on 21st July 1962.

On 16th August 2004, Boscastle was hit with a devastating flood that affected the entire village. Localised rain poured onto the village and surrounding areas at a peak of nearly four inches per hour. The river rose to the level of the hostels guttering, flooding the entire building, destroying all furniture and any possessions left inside. Due to the quick thinking of the hostel crew, everyone was evacuated safely.

After these events, donations and support began coming in from all over the world. YHA began a fundraising campaign hoping to raise £50,000. Thanks to the support of so many people, it raised over £110,000.

After major repairs and refurbishments, YHA Boscastle reopened just two years later and has stood proud at the rivers edge since.

Meet the team

Angie Martelli, the manager at YHA Boscastle, joined YHA in March 2014. ”I love the outdoors and have spent 12 years teaching outdoor activities in Cornwall. This is a stunning place to work and I’m enjoying meeting all the lovely guests who stay at this amazing hostel. I know a lot of the local activity providers in the area and would be happy to share this information with our guests.” 

Manager recommends: For a typical Cornwall family holiday experience, grab a take-away cream tea from the local bakers and make your way to the headland. If you get the timing right you’ll see the blowhole in action, or if it’s later in the day catch a stunning sunset. This Cornish coast break also offers the miles of superb routes for walking holidays.

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