YHA Canterbury exterior

YHA Canterbury

Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3DT
Bed in a single gender shared dorm
Private room
Camping and cabins


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In recognition that this business has confirmed that they have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.

Want the best of both worlds? Canterbury goes one better. With a city that’s chock-full of history and culture, the coast a mere 7 miles away, Kent AONB to the south and acre upon acre of ancient woodland to explore nearby, this place has it all.

Our stunning Victorian villa is perfectly located to explore the Cathedral City of Canterbury and its surroundings. With historic buildings, museums, Medieval adventures, there’s so much to keep you entertained.

Why guests love YHA Canterbury

  • Short distance to the coast
  • Close to Canterbury Cathedral
  • Superb, deluxe cabins available

Accommodation at YHA Canterbury

The hostel

Dorms are not currently available.

There are 15 rooms over 4 floors with an open-plan staircase. There are 7 en-suite rooms available. The dining room seats 32 in one sitting and we have an adjacent self-catering kitchen with an additional 10 seats. We do not have meeting rooms or classrooms, but the dining room and lounge can be used outside of mealtimes.

We can generally work the rooms to fit most group breakdowns or family requirements, and whilst our building is not wheelchair accessible, we are happy to discuss accessibility and will always try to make things a little easier – speak to our friendly team ahead of booking and we will help work it out! We also have cots and highchairs available to hire.


Feel cosy as can be inside a rustic six-sided Large Cabin Deluxe! These timber camping cabins are fully insulated and have two double glazed leaded windows. Four or five people can sleep comfortably in the bunks and use it as a living/seating area during the day - the walls of the cabin slope outwards for a more spacious feeling.

The cabins have one double bed with a single over the top and an additional set of bunk beds and a kitchenette area with a fridge. A microwave, kettle, crockery and cutlery are included. All bedding is provided so you don’t need to lug your sleeping bag around and there’s even an en-suite toilet and shower room for your convenience.

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. Check availability for Exclusive Hire.


Food and drink at YHA Canterbury

YHA Canterbury servery

Eat with us

YHA Canterbury is serving a range of tasty food options, including breakfast baps, for you to enjoy during your visit.

Breakfast baps

Breakfast baps at YHA Canterbury

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we want to make sure you get off to a great start, so we are now serving delicious breakfast baps. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

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  • Cot available
  • Cycle store
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden / grounds


  • Drying room
  • Laundry
  • Lounge
  • Luggage store

Accommodation options

  • Private rooms available
  • En suite rooms available
  • Camping and Cabins

Food & drink

  • Dining room
  • Group catering available
  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen

Need to know

Check in: From 17:00 - 22:00

Check out: Before 10:00

Open every day?: YHA Canterbury is currently open from Friday - Saturday. Our cabins are open every day, though guests will not have access to the main hostel building (including the self-catering kitchen) from Sunday - Thursday.

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

Parking: There is parking on-site for 8 cars or 2 coaches. These spaces cannot be reserved and may become full. Parking is also available on Rochester Avenue or St Lawrence, offering free parking overnight and at weekends (approx. two-minutes away on foot). Canterbury College offers weekend parking at £2 per day and there is a park and ride located at the top of New Dover Road.

Pets: Dogs can stay in our cabins. There is a £5 charge per dog per night for our cabin accommodation which is payable upon arrival. Pets are not permitted in the hostel accommodation at YHA Canterbury, however, assistance dogs are welcome throughout.

WiFi: Free WiFi is available in shared social spaces.

YHA Canterbury - Access Statement

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YHA Canterbury

Map references

OS Map: 179

OS Grid Ref: TR157570

Lat/Lng: 51.271692, 1.091335

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9010

Email: [email protected]

YHA Exclusive Hire

Make YHA Canterbury your home over Christmas and New Year by booking the whole place for yourself! Visit our YHA Exclusive Hire website for more details and make this holiday season a memorable one.

YHA School Trips

Located close to the town centre, YHA Canterbury provides a great base from which your school group can explore this beautiful Roman city. Facilities include Internet access and group catering - perfect for a school trip! Visit the YHA School Trips website to book your stay.


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 on the volunteering website


Ellerslie was built in 1875 and forms part of Canterbury's rich heritage of Victorian gothic style buildings. Formerly a private residence to various wealthy prominent figures, many interesting relics from previous occupants are listed in the census, and there are some fantastic pictures of the maids servicing the property at that time.

YHA Canterbury boasts the longest-standing presence of a city YHA since our organisation was founded in 1930, occupying three other properties prior to the acquisition of our current home in 1962. It underwent a small refurbishment in the 1980s to improve the catering facilities and at that time squeezed over 100 beds into the rooms. Ellerslie then received the best 50th birthday present from YHA – a £600K makeover to reduce the dormitory sizes and increase the number of ensuite rooms. The work to the house has been sympathetically carried out, being mindful of the heritage, fantastic original staircase, ornate coving and woodwork. The refurbishment of this house is a great reflection on our reinvestment programme and will enable us to continue to welcome over 17,000 guests each year to this fine city. 

Meet the team

YHA Canterbury Manager Niki: "Hello! I am Niki Reynolds and I have been privileged enough to manage YHA Canterbury (otherwise known as Ellerslie) for 16 years and raise my two young children in this fantastic city. I first worked here with my husband Andy Reynolds – who later went on to open London's flagship YHA London Central and then became London’s area manager. I have enjoyed seeing YHA evolve from the days of paper diaries and daily lock-outs to the professional organisation we are proud to work in today – our IIP Gold and TT100 accolades are testimony to a happy workplace, with charity and reinvestment at the heart of what we do. I have seen Ellerslie go through many changes too, from the early days of sewing my own patchwork curtains into the bedrooms, to the state-of-the-art facilities and top quality finishes we have today. My Duty Manager - Heather Bowman is my wing-man, and we have a fantastic new team. We also have a regular cycle of new work placement student volunteers who we fully train as part of their educational programme."

Manager recommends: Try a gentle walk along the City wall to the Castle, through the Westgate gardens and back through town. Visit the Cathedral, followed by a river boat tour, some shopping at Whitefriars and then back to your accommodation for a few drinks in the bar! The perfect weekend city break. Or fill up on a Full English and then embark on a walk around the ancient city wall and on to the top of Dane John Mound to take in the view. Follow up with a picnic in the Dane John Gardens.

TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award 2020 Walkers and Cyclists Welcome

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