YHA Canterbury Exterior

YHA Canterbury

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


Covid-19 - Book with confidence

It is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of the current Government guidance. In making a booking with YHA (England & Wales) you are agreeing to adhere to the relevant Government guidance that will apply at the time of your stay. Please bear in mind that the guidance may be different in England and Wales.

The duty of care we have to our guests, beneficiaries, staff and partners compels us to progress and run our hostels with caution and careful consideration in the best interests of the charity and those it serves.

To find out more about our COVID-19 secure enhanced health and safety measures, please read our FAQs.

Temporary changes at YHA Canterbury

For the foreseeable future, the following changes will likely be in operation at YHA Canterbury. We are sorry for inconvenience this has caused, we're working hard to safely open all areas of our hostels as soon as we can


  1. Dorms are not currently available.

Private rooms

  1. Private rooms are not currently available

Exclusive hire

  1. For the foreseeable future, YHA Canterbury will operate on an Exclusive Hire basis only, with contact-free check in.

Camping & Cabins

  1. Cabins are now open at this site. Any other camping and cabins products remain closed. We're currently only able to offer shared toilet and shower facilities.

  2. Outdoor sinks are available, with cold running water for drinking and hot water for washing up.

  3. Bedding is provided for pre-pitched YHA Camping & Cabin products but all soft furnishings that can't be easily cleaned have been removed.


  1. We will be serving a limited food and drinks menu for guests to take away.

Good to Go England

COVID-19 Industry Standard

In Partnership with The National Tourist Organisation of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

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

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 available to hire upon request.  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. You can check availability for Exclusive Hire on our dedicated website.


Food and drink at YHA Canterbury

YHA Canterbury Kitchen

Eat with us

At YHA we pride ourselves on delivering a broad selection of delicious food at affordable prices, alongside a range of freshly made hot drinks and a well-stocked bar. Let us welcome you to rest your legs and indulge your senses after the day’s adventure.


Breakfast 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 provide a full hot and cold breakfast buffet. Cold meats, cheeses, fresh fruit and yogurt are on offer for the health conscious or light eaters. Our new juice station offers a wide variety of fresh juices and smoothies to try. For the hungrier amongst you, a full English breakfast. Vegan and vegetarian options also available. Breakfast is served from 7.30 – 9am and you can get up to 15% off breakfast as part of your online booking.


All day menu at YHA Canterbury

We offer a fantastic range of stone-baked pizzas as well as delicious nachos throughout the evening, pick from our menu or choose your own toppings. Vegan and vegetarian options also available.

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Supper Club

Supper Club at YHA Canterbury

Join our nightly Supper Club. Share stories and experiences with your fellow travellers while tucking into a delicious two course meal. This is the authentic hostel experience! Don't forget, you can now save up to 15% when you add meals to your online booking.

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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: 17.00 - 21.00

Check out: Before 10.00

Open every day?: Yes

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

Parking: Guests can park a two minute walk away down Rochester Avenue or St Lawrence which both offer free parking overnight and at weekends. Canterbury College also offers weekend parking at £2 per day and there is a park and ride located at the top of New Dover Road. We have a coach bay available at the hostel.

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, please advise upon booking.

Wi-Fi: Free wi-fi is available in social spaces.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served from 7.30am til 9am.

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.

You can 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 Centraland 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.

Trip advisor 2020 Travellers Choice award Walkers and cyclists welcome

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