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 BrightonBrighton, East Sussex, BN1 1NH
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
Bed in a shared room
Dorm rooms have multiple beds and are shared with other people who may not be travelling together. They are usually more affordable than private rooms as you'll be booking a bed rather than the whole room.
A typical shared dorm room includes bunk beds, a reading light and a storage cupboard for each guest.
Children aged between 12 and 15 can stay in dorm rooms as long as an adult of the same gender accompanies them.
Shared shower and toilet facilities are located near to the room. Some of our shared dorm rooms are en-suites, meaning that they have a bathroom that you would share with other guests who are also staying in the room.
Want some privacy? With a private room, you'll be booking the whole room for your stay.
Private rooms typically include a storage cupboard and reading light for each bed, plus a wash hand basin.
Shared shower and toilet facilities are located near to the room.
Private en-suite rooms
For added privacy, relax with your family, friends or by yourself in a private en-suite room.
Private en-suite rooms typically include a storage cupboard and reading light for each bed, plus shower and toilet facilities solely for the people in your room.
Food and drink at YHA Brighton
- 24-hour access
- 24-hour reception
- Ambulant accessible
- Coach parking nearby
- Contactless payments
- Corridor zoning
- Cycle store
- Dining room
- Evening meals
- Full mobile coverage
- Group meals
- Licensed bar
- Luggage store
- Meeting rooms
- Near airport
- Near bus stop
- Near train station
- Packed lunch
- Paid on-street parking
- Sea view
- Shared lounge
- Vending machines
- Water refill station
- Wheelchair accessible
Hostel need to know
Closed facilities: The self-catering kitchen is temporarily closed at this hostel.
Reception opening hours: 24 hours.
Food and drink: Breakfast is served to guests from 07:30 – 09:00 on weekdays and 07:30 – 10:00 at weekends. Meals are also available from 11:00 – 20:30.
Café and restaurant opening hours: Brighton Grind Café and Bar is open to the public from 11:00 - 20:30, Monday to Sunday.
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.
WiFi: Free WiFi is available in shared social spaces and bedrooms.
Dogs: Pets are permitted in public areas only at YHA Brighton. Assistance dogs are welcome - please notify us at the time of booking.
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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. 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.
Book your YHA School Trip.
At YHA Brighton we have two meeting rooms available for hire - the Dining Room and the Meeting Room.
Capacity: Up to 65 people in the Dining Room and up to 32 people 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.
Find out more and apply to volunteer at this hostel through YHA volunteering.
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
Our Team come from all corners of the globe, and speak many languages, they are always keen to help you, and are knowledgeable about the area, and can give great advice on what to see and where to eat in this amazing city.
Our Hostel Manager, Suzie, has extensive experience of running hostels, most recently in Australia.
Manager recommends: There is so much to see and do in Brighton, from the historic Brighton Pavilion, to the modern i360. Just a stones throw from the hostel is the beach, as well as many of Brighton’s best bars and clubs. Brighton really does have something for everyone.