Soak up the history and culture of this vibrant city by pedalling between Brighton's iconic landmarks. We now sell tours at reception for groups of two or more people. Suitable for ages 13 and up.
YHA Brighton, in all its magnificent Regency grandeur, is on the doorstep of all of Brighton’s best attractions. You will find us just a short stroll from the world famous Brighton Pier, the Prince Regent’s magnificent Pavilion and the Lanes shopping area.
Brighton is famous for its liberal values and forward thinking attitude and you'll find a city with an abundance of independent boutiques, quirky pubs and alternative cafés. The city is also known for its nightlife and YHA Brighton is ideally positioned to enjoy clubs and bars in the area.
Why guests love YHA Brighton
Accommodation at YHA Brighton
YHA Brighton has 180 beds across 51 rooms ranging from single to eight beds. All of our bedrooms are en-suite. The rooms are broken down as follows:
First Floor: one 8-bedded room with bunks, five 6-bedded rooms with bunks, five 4-bedded rooms with bunks, one 3-bedded room with a single bunk over a double, three double rooms with double beds, one single en-suite room, one accessible room with a single bed and a double bed with a single bunk above.
Second Floor: five 6-bedded rooms with bunks, one 5-bedded room with a single bunk over a double bed and two single bunks, seven 4-bedded rooms with bunks, one double room with double bed, one twin room with bunks.
Third Floor: 16 double rooms with double beds, one twin room with 2 single beds.
Our double rooms include double beds instead of bunks, a TV, soap, towels, two pillows per person, storage space, dressing table and chair. Some rooms even have a roll-top bath and a sea view - we know you're not going to be in your room too much in the vibrant city of Brighton, but why not enjoy it while you are? This is hostelling like you've never known before!
YHA Brighton offers a café and bar, self-catering kitchen, bike store and meeting room. There is also a luggage store (small charge is applicable) and an ironing room.
Brighton is a vibrant city that likes to party and we're located right in the centre of the action! Aside from the three major festivals - Brighton Fringe, Brighton Festival and Brighton Pride, there is a year round programme of entertainment from alternative comedy through camp cabaret to contemporary art. The city is renowned for its nightlife and when staying at YHA Brighton, you’re ideally positioned to enjoy the best clubs and bars in the area. With plenty of options just a very short walk away from the hostel, it’s perfect for those wishing to be in the thick of the action. And, if you need a stylish base for a trip to London, Brighton is fab for groups and just a quick and easy drive down the motorway from the capital!
If a quiet night is important to you, you may want to consider staying at YHA South Downs (just 20 minutes by train).
Food and drink at YHA Brighton
- 24 hour access
- Ambulant accessible
- Cycle store
- Free wi-fi
- Wheelchair accessible
- Luggage store
- Board games
- Private rooms available
- En suite rooms available
Food & drink
- Dining room
- Group catering available
- Licensed bar
- Meals available
- Self-catering kitchen
Transportation & parking
- Near bus stop
Other YHA products
- Meeting Rooms & Corporate Hire
- YHA School Trips
Need to know
Check in: From 14.00
Check out: Before 10.00
Open every day?: Yes
Towels and toiletries: Towels and toiletries are not provided but are available to hire or buy from reception. Bedding is supplied.
Parking: There is no car parking at YHA Brighton. The nearest all-day multi-storey is The Lanes car park which is directed to from the sea front. There is an unloading bay outside the hostel for drop-offs.
Pets: Pets are not permitted at YHA Brighton. Assistance dogs are welcome.
Wi-Fi: Free wi-fi is available in social spaces and bedrooms.
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YHA School Trips
YHA Brighton is ideal for school groups wishing to combine their trip with a visit to the popular capital city. With 151 beds, the hostel has plenty of space for your school group to enjoy. All rooms are en-suite and we have many comfortable rooms suitable for teachers.
Visit the YHA School Trips website to book your stay.
At YHA Brighton we have two meeting rooms available for hire - the Meeting Room and the Dining Room.
Capacity Up to 65 delegates in the Dining Room and up to 32 delegates in the Meeting room, depending on seating configuration.
Available Equipment: Projector, flipchart, data cable, speakers, screen, USB port
Parking: There is no car parking at the hostel but there is a loading bay outside for drop-offs. The nearest all-day multi story is The Lanes car park which is signposted from the sea front.
Accessibility: Both meeting rooms are on the ground floor. The Dining Room is wheelchair accessible but the Meeting Room doorway is too narrow for wheelchair access.
Air Conditioning: Yes
Volunteering with YHA is a fantastic way to have fun, learn new skills, boost your CV and travel to different places. We have a variety of different opportunities to choose from and volunteering roles to suit everyone.
The tasks are varied and in return you will meet some great people, who both work and stay in our hostels, as well as enjoying your time off discovering the local area and attractions.
You can find out more and apply to volunteer at this hostel on the volunteering website.
Brighthelmston gained its town charter in 1313 allowing it a weekly market, and so the shopping began! The street plan of The Lanes is that of medieval Brighton, and locally the small alleyways are known as “twittens” and “catcreeps”. Initially, goods were all fish-related, however, these days there is much more variety, ranging from chocolate unicorns to vegetarian shoes.
In 1783 the Prince of Wales visited Brighton and was the first to recognise its ‘coolness’. His Royal Pavilion grew from farmhouse to palace in stages between 1787 and 1823, during which time he became Regent and then King George IV. The arrival of royalty and associated hangers-on, changed Brighton’s fortune, and provided many local people with otherwise scarce work. Many of the grand squares seen in Brighton today were started during the Regency period.
During the 1800s the health benefits of the seaside were marketed as alternatives to the waters of the spa towns. Initially, this was a trend for the wealthy, but by the end of the 19th century the success of the Industrial Revolution and the expansion of the railways meant that people of all classes could escape the city smog, and towns like Brighton thrived. Many of Brighton’s grand hotels were built in the 19th century to accommodate this influx of visitors, the Royal York being one of them.
Originally built as a manor house in 1771, the Royal York was named after the Duke of York, cousin of the Prince Regent. The site was developed into a distinguished hotel in 1819, attracting guests such as Benjamin Disraeli, William Makepeace Thackeray and even Charles Dickens, who did a reading of David Copperfield there in 1860.
Falling into disrepair in the early 20th century, the refurbishment was handled by Harry Preston, later knighted for his services to charities around Brighton, making YHA’s presence in the building all the more fitting. In 1908 the cost of a double room was 80p and breakfast was 18p; not even YHA can beat that! The Royal York had a less thrilling 20th century, much of which was spent as an office building until 2006 when it reverted to a hotel.
As of November 2014, The Royal York Hotel was transformed once again, this time to the incredible YHA Brighton. With the generous support of The Coastal Communities Fund, the building was refurbished creating a stylish, modern Youth Hostel whilst maintaining many of its original features and charm. YHA Brighton is a stylish, eclectic social hostel, reflective of the area.
Meet the team
Becky has been the manager at YHA Brighton since it opened in November: "Originally from Warrington, I indulged my passion for travel by working for YHA. I have been part of the organisation for 10 years, beginning at YHA Arnside; a stunning, rural hostel on the banks of the Kent Estuary, Cumbria. Since 2007 I have been based in London and have played a part in the openings of YHA London Earl's Court (2007), YHA London Central (2008) and YHA London Oxford Street (2011). I have recently been recruited to open the brand new YHA Brighton, which is particularly special to me as Brighton is my favourite UK city".
Manager recommends: The Brighton Royal Pavilion is a must-see when visiting this seaside town. This extravagant palace was built for the Prince Regent in stages between 1787 and 1823. The pavilion, famed for its oriental appearance - both inside and out - is a real feast for the eyes, lose yourself in the music and banqueting rooms before marvelling at the royal bedrooms. The ghost walk around the famous Lanes is an evening activity not to be missed. Find out the spooky history of the area as you wind your way through the narrow alleys of Brighton.