YHA Canterbury exterior

YHA Canterbury

Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3DT
Bed in a shared room from £17.00 per night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Central heating
  • Cot available
  • En-suite rooms available
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Hangers
  • Heating
  • Hot water
  • Lock on doors
  • Lockers
  • Smoke alarm
  • WiFi in shared rooms

Need to know

Check in:
From 17:00 - 22:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
Towels and toiletries:
Hand soap is provided next to all sinks. Towels are not supplied as standard but can be rented or purchased from reception.
Bedding:
Bedding is supplied in all our shared rooms.
Private room from £49.00 per night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Central heating
  • Cot available
  • En-suite rooms available
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Hangers
  • Heating
  • Hot water
  • Lock on doors
  • Lockers
  • Smoke alarm
  • WiFi in rooms

Need to know

Check in:
From 17:00 - 22:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
Towels and toiletries:
Hand soap is provided next to all sinks. Towels are not supplied as standard but can be rented or purchased from reception.
Bedding:
Bedding is supplied in all our private rooms.
Camping & Cabins from £79.00 per night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Carbon monoxide alarm
  • Central heating
  • Cot available
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Heating
  • Hot water
  • Lock on doors
  • Smoke alarm

Need to know

Check in:
From 17:00 - 22:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
Towels and toiletries:
Hand soap is provided next to all sinks. Towels are not supplied as standard but can be rented or purchased from reception.
Bedding:
Bedding is supplied in our cabins.
Dogs:
Pets are not permitted at YHA Canterbury, except in our Camping & Cabins accommodation or when hiring the whole hostel through YHA Exclusive Hire. Assistance dogs are welcome - please notify us at the time of booking.
Guest access:
Guests have use of the whole hostel.
Entire place - Whole hostel from £0.00 per night
  • Whole hostel

    14 bathrooms 15 bedrooms sleeps up to 68 guests

    YHA Canterbury is a gothic Victorian villa which was built in 1875 and now is one of YHA's most beloved hostels. With a mix of original and modern interior, this hostel offers great accommodation for everyone to enjoy.

    From £0.00 per night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Carbon monoxide alarm
  • Central heating
  • Cleaning basics
  • Cooking basics
  • Cot available
  • Dishes and cutlery
  • Dryer
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Fridge
  • Garden/grounds
  • Hair dryer
  • Hangers
  • Heating
  • Highchair
  • Hot water
  • Iron and board
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Lock on doors
  • Lockers
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor seating
  • Oven
  • Shower(s)
  • Smoke alarm
  • Toaster
  • Towel(s)
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi in rooms

Need to know

Check in:
From 16:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
Heating:
There is central heating throughout the property.
Bedding:
Bedding is supplied in all our rooms.
Dogs:
Hire YHA Canterbury and bring your dogs! Add a dog to your booking at the checkout and bring your four-legged friend along with you. Dogs are not permitted in the bedrooms, on the furniture or in the kitchen, and must be kept on a lead in the grounds.
Checking in:
You will receive an email prior to your arrival with the property address and check-in instructions.
Guest access:
Guests have access to the whole property. Other guests may be onsite in our Camping & Cabins accommodation. They will be situated in a separate area of the grounds with access to their own facilities during their stay.
WiFi:
Free WiFi is available in social spaces.

Shared spaces

Kitchen and dining

The spacious kitchen is located on the basement floor and includes a range of conveniences listed below.

Kitchen appliances: 2 kettles, 2 microwaves, 3 ovens, refrigerator, 2 toasters.

Kitchenware: dishes and cutlery, kitchen utensils, pots, pans.

Cleaning basics: anti-bacterial spray, bin bags, cloths, paper towels, sponges, tea towels, washing up liquid.

Located in the basement, the dining room seats up to 32 people across a selection of soft chairs and benches. There is a hot and cold service area, a double glass-fronted drinks fridge and a flat-screen TV (with Freeview) that can be used for entertainment, music or presentations.

A highchair is available.

Lounge

The lounge is located on the basement floor and seats up to 18 people across soft chairs and benches. There is a selection of books, games and a flat-screen TV (with Freeview) that can be used for entertainment, music or presentations.

Bathrooms

Across the entire building there is a total of 14 bathrooms.

En-suite bathrooms: 7

Toilets: 14

Showers: 12

Toilet paper is provided and hand soap is available next to all sinks.

Outdoors

Outside is a large garden. The garden is enclosed with a fence and bushes, and has a gate.

Other guests may be onsite in our Camping & Cabins accommodation. They will be situated in a separate area of the grounds with access to their own facilities during their stay.

Outdoor amenities: benches, cycle store, grass/lawn.

Sleeping arrangements

Across the entire building there is a total of 15 bedrooms.

Basement floor

One room that sleeps up to 4 people. It includes 2 sets of bunk beds.

Ground floor

Two rooms that sleep up to 4 people each. They include 2 sets of bunk beds.

One room that sleeps up to 6 people. It includes 3 sets of bunk beds.

First floor

Two rooms that sleep up to 6 people each. They include 3 sets of bunk beds.

One en-suite room that sleeps up to 3 people. It includes a high sleeper bunk with a double bed underneath.

One en-suite room that sleeps up to 4 people. It includes 2 sets of bunk beds.

One en-suite room that sleeps up to 5 people. It includes 2 sets of bunk beds and a single bed.

Second floor

One room that sleeps up to 6 people. It includes 3 sets of bunk beds.

Two rooms that sleep up to 4 people each. They include 2 sets of bunk beds.

One en-suite room that sleeps up to 6 people. It includes 3 sets of bunk beds.

One room that sleeps up to 2 people. It includes 1 set of bunk beds.

A cot is available.

Overview

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 seven miles away, Kent AONB to the south and acre-upon-acre of ancient woodland to explore nearby, this place has it all.

YHA Canterbury is a stunning Victorian villa, 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

Bed in a shared room

Dorms are not currently available. 

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.

Private rooms

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.

Deluxe cabins

Feel as cosy as can be inside a timber deluxe cabin! These camping cabins are fully insulated and have two double glazed leaded windows. Up to 5 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.

These cabins have a double bed with a single over the top and an additional set of bunk beds. You'll be able to make hot drinks and some meals in the kitchenette area, with a fridge, microwave, kettle, crockery and cutlery 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

Planning an overdue get-together or celebrating a birthday/anniversary? Looking for a base for your group's next adventure? Make your special occasion extra special with YHA Exclusive Hire.

You can hire the whole building at YHA Canterbury and, with sole use of the property, come and go as you please. This gothic Victorian villa was built in 1875 and is now one of YHA's most beloved hostels. With a mix of original and modern interior, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Dogs are welcome too!

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Food and drink at YHA Canterbury

YHA Canterbury lounge

Eat with us

YHA Canterbury is serving a range of tasty food options for you to enjoy during your visit. Fuel your adventures with a YHA classic breakfast and continental options. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

YHA Breakfast

Breakfast menu at YHA Canterbury

Start your day off right with our delicious classic YHA breakfast including a hearty cooked breakfast and continental options. For a lighter start, you can buy the continental breakfast separately. Under 10s eat free with our special offer – see menu for details. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

View menu

Hostel facilities

  • 24-hour access
  • Breakfast
  • Coach parking on premises
  • Contactless payments
  • Cycle store
  • Dining room
  • Free on-street parking
  • Free parking on premises
  • Full mobile coverage
  • Games
  • Garden/grounds
  • Group meals
  • Highchair
  • Library
  • Licensed bar
  • Luggage store
  • Medium garden/grounds
  • Minibus parking on premises
  • Near bus stop
  • Near ferry port
  • Near train station
  • Outdoor seating
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Shared drying room
  • Shared laundry room
  • Shared lounge
  • Shared TV
  • Sole use
  • Vending machines
  • Water refill station
  • WiFi

Hostel need to know

Reception opening hours: From 07:30 - 10:00 and 17:00 - 22:00

Food and drink: Breakfast is served to guests daily from 07:30 – 09:00.

Self-catering: Guests have access to a self-catering kitchen.

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.

WiFi: Free WiFi is available in shared social spaces.

Dogs: Pets are not permitted at YHA Canterbury, except in Camping & Cabins accommodation. Assistance dogs are welcome - please notify us at the time of booking.

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 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!

Book your YHA School Trip.

Volunteering

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.

History

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.

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