YHA Bridges exterior
Bed in a single gender shared dorm
Private room


The tranquil retreat of YHA Bridges has been described as one of the last remaining rural idylls. You can enjoy a traditional hostelling experience at this former village school, set within the wonderful landscape of the Shropshire Hills AONB.

YHA Bridges has, since May 1931, made a lovely base for walkers and cyclists. Our hostel includes a cosy lounge with an open fire. Enjoy a choice of our home-cooked three course evening meals with ingredients from our fruit and vegetable garden served at 7pm, for £12.50, book direct with the hostel.

Why guests love YHA Bridges

  • Delicious home-cooked meals available
  • Ideal location for easy going outdoor activities
  • Grounds to enjoy

Accommodation at YHA Bridges

The hostel

Dorms are not currently available. 

This 38 bed Youth Hostel has private and en-suite rooms available as well as camping facilities.

The are 2 x 4 bed en-suite rooms, 2 x 6 bed rooms with shared bathrooms and 1 x 8 bed room with shared bathroom. 

A traditional hostel experience set in the most beautiful, wild landscape. For those adventurers and keen explorers, the hostel provides a perfect camp with free parking, modern utilities and a great local pub next door. Travelling to the hostel over the Burway road in the winter is not advised.

The Shropshire Way passes right by the hostel so lace up your boots and explore. You'll find the distinctive quartzite hills of Stiperstones and the Snailbeach mines to the west. Don't miss The Bog visitor centre which is housed in one of the last remaining buildings of a lost lead mining village. Indulge in a slice of their famous 'Bog Bake' cake while you're there! Or go east from the hostel to enjoy the heathland plateau of Long Mynd with its picturesque valleys.

You'll always want to pay a visit to local market towns Bishops Castle, Church Stretton and Ludlow; they all have their share of book, bicycle and coffee shops! The Bridges is a great location for activity breaks or a gentler bird-watching holiday - the whole area is a nature reserve where birdlife thrives. Come summer time, the air is filled with the song of skylark as well as the distinctive call of the red grouse - which, interestingly, can't be found further south than here. Evening meals are available at YHA Bridges and camping is available if you bring a tent.

Hire the whole hostel

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.


Food and drink at YHA Bridges

YHA Bridges evening meal


After a day exploring in the hills, you'll have built up a healthy appetite. You can enjoy a meal at the hostel and follow it up with a pint at The Bridges country pub next door! Utilising our vegetable patch, hearty meals are available in the evenings. Three courses with tea and coffee will usually amount to £12.50. Personalised menus can be made for pre-booked groups for vegetarians and those with special dietary requirements. We also serve a delicious breakfast for £6 and a packed lunch is available for £5.



  • Basic food shop
  • Classroom
  • Cot available
  • Cycle store
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden / grounds


  • Drying room
  • Lounge


  • Board games

Accommodation options

  • En suite rooms available
  • Camping and Cabins

Food & drink

  • BBQ area
  • Group catering available
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen

Transportation & parking

  • Parking

Other YHA products

  • Meeting Rooms & Corporate Hire
  • Sole use

Need to know

Closed facilities: The following facilities are temporarily closed at this hostel due to COVID-19 safety measures - meeting room(s), luggage/storage room(s).

Reception times: From 08:00 - 10:00 and 17:00 - 22:00

Check in: From 17:00 - 22:00

Check out: From 08:00 - 10:00

Open every day?: Yes

Parking: There is free parking on-site.

Pets: Assistance dogs are welcome.

YHA Bridges - Access Statement

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YHA Bridges

Map references

OS Map: 137

OS Grid Ref: SO395965

Lat/Lng: 52.562452, -2.894622

Contact information

Phone: 03452602569

Email: [email protected]


The hostel takes its name from the three bridges which span the East Onny River and Darnford Brook. It was built as a village school in 1866, commissioned by Lady Scott, Lady of the Manor of Wetnor and Ratlinghope. She built the school for the children of her employees, seeking to encourage her workers to stay with her, rather than join the drift to the factories of Industrial England.

The stone for the building came mainly from a local quarry near Norbury, though some of the windowsills are of Cotswold stone. The bell-tower is still standing, but it has lost its pointed top and the original bell, soon to be re-built. The back of the building was originally the school teacher’s house, the school rooms, divided by glass partitions, being at the front.

The building did not survive long as a school - there were not enough children in the area - and for a while it was left largely unused. In 1931 it became a Youth Hostel, making it one of the oldest in the country. It appeared in the first English handbook. Until 1968 the toilets were ‘holes in the ground’ and washing was done in the stream. An old Hostel duty was to hand-pump water from the stream into the Hostel. In the summer of 1991 the Bridges came into the ownership of Michael Boulton. It has since been run in a traditional manner, intentionally sustaining those elements that have made it so popular whilst bringing the facilities more closely in tune with modern experiences.

Meet the team

Manager Mick recommends: Just relax and enjoy walking in the peace and quiet of this beautiful area, before returning to the comfort of your tranquil rural retreat.

Cyclists and walkers welcome

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