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YHA Cardiff Central

Cardiff, CF10 4BB
Bed in a single gender shared dorm
Private room


All YHA hostels are temporarily closed for recreational use as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are currently only accepting new bookings for stays from 17th July 2020. Please read our latest statement for further guidance.

If award-winning, Cardiff city centre accommodation is what you’re looking for, YHA Cardiff Central is a top option for you. This Youth Hostel is within walking distance of all the city’s best attractions, including the Principality Stadium and Cardiff Castle, not to mention the fantastic shopping destination of Cardiff Bay.

Its spacious social areas also provide a great starting point should you wish to enjoy the city’s nightlife. Plus, YHA Cardiff Central has been rated a 5-star hostel by VisitWales - the only hostel in the UK to achieve this accolade.

Why guests love YHA Cardiff Central

  • 5-star hostel
  • Close to major attractions
  • Variety of room types

Accommodation at YHA Cardiff Central

The hostel

It’s not just about a great location. YHA Cardiff Central also provides 320 beds in comfortable rooms with state of the art facilities which are all en-suite for your convenience making it one of the most luxurious hostels in Cardiff. YHA Cardiff Central has even achieved a 5 star hostel rating from VisitWales - the first hostel in the YHA network to do so.

Choose from socialising and meeting new people in a dorm room or keeping your family cosy in one of our gorgeous private rooms. Double rooms are also available for the single traveller or a couple’s getaway. There is free Wi-Fi available for guests throughout the building, including the bedrooms.

YHA Cardiff Central also has premium rooms available. Premium rooms include beds instead of bunks, TV, hairdryer, room safe, soap, towels, two pillows per person, storage space, dressing table and chair.


Food and drink at YHA Cardiff Central

YHA Cardiff Central

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 Cardiff Central

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

All day menu at YHA Cardiff Central

Choose from our tasty daily specials or delve into our café-bar style menu experience, think scrumptious bar snacks, trendy English tapas, stone-baked pizzas and piled-high burgers. Vegan and vegetarian options also available. Don’t forget, kids under 10 eat free – get one kid’s meal free with every adult’s meal.

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Supper Club

Supper Club at YHA Cardiff Central

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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  • 24 hour access
  • Ambulant accessible
  • Basic food shop
  • Classroom
  • Cot available
  • Free wi-fi
  • Wheelchair accessible


  • Laundry
  • Luggage store


  • Board games
  • TV

Accommodation options

  • Private rooms available
  • En suite rooms available
  • Disabled access rooms available

Food & drink

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

Transportation & parking

  • Parking
  • Near train station

Other YHA products

  • Meeting Rooms & Corporate Hire
  • Sole use
  • Trade bookings
  • YHA School Trips

Need to know

Reception times: 24 hours

Check in: From 15:00

Check out: Before 10:00

Open every day?: Yes

Towels and toiletries: Towels are included when you book a private room. Toiletries are not provided but are available to hire or purchase from reception. Bedding is supplied.

Parking: There is ample parking at YHA Cardiff Central.

Pets: Pets are not permitted at YHA Cardiff Central. Assistance dogs are welcome.

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

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

YHA Cardiff Central - Access Statement

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YHA Cardiff Central

Map references

OS Map: 171

OS Grid Ref: ST1928275986

Lat/Lng: 51.476522, -3.16289

Contact information

Phone: +44 (0)345 3719311

Email: [email protected]

YHA School Trips

This 5 star hostel is the perfect state-of-the-art accommodation for school trips in Cardiff. Ideally located for a geography field trip or to soak up all the culture that Cardiff has to offer, YHA Cardiff Central has excellent facilities for school groups including three classrooms, one with an interactive whiteboard and audio system!

Visit the YHA School Trips website to book your educational visit.

Meeting rooms

At YHA Cardiff Central we have three meeting rooms available for hire.

Capacity: Up to 36 delegates in room 1, up to 49 delegates in room 2 and up to 24 delegates in room 3, depending on seating configuration.

Available Equipment:
Room 1 - projector and multi-use board
Room 2 - projector and multi-use board, flipchart/whiteboard stand
Room 3 - projector and multi-use board, flipchart/whiteboard stand

Parking: Yes

Wi-Fi: Yes

Accessibility: We have three conference rooms, all located on the ground floor. All three have level access and are level throughout.The closest accessible WC to these rooms is located in the same corridor. For more information please see our full access statement. 

Air conditioning: There is no air conditioning but there are heaters in the meeting rooms.

Meeting rooms available from: £99


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


Cardiff has been home to many youth hostels over the years. The current YHA Cardiff was originally built as a hotel in 2004. YHA invested in the location as a substantial modern solution to providing great accommodation in the capital.

Best accommodation Trip Advisor 2018

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