Discover a landscape that was sculptured by ice thousands of years ago.
This eco-friendly hostel offers superb Snowdonia accommodation for activity breaks in the Ogwen Valley and is surrounded by all of the area’s geographical wonders. The hostel is great for strolls to the Cwm Idwal nature reserve, or for walking holidays on the Cambrian Way or the Welsh 3000s.
YHA’s longest standing hostel, follow in the footsteps of YHA's founders and relive the walks and scrambles enjoyed by the Merseyside Group in those early years, and remember to pick up a copy of the 'Idwal log' at the hostel.
Why guests love YHA Idwal Cottage
Accommodation at YHA Idwal Cottage
YHA Idwal has 36 beds in the hostel and some of the rooms are en-suite. This green hostel is perfect for the eco-conscious traveller and offers a great base for activity breaks and mountain climbing in Wales. YHA Idwal is self-catering only but our self catering kitchen is spacious and well equipped. There are also camping facilities for those who like to sleep under the stars.
Please note that camping is sold per person and not per pitch and so, during the booking process, you will need to select the number of people that you wish to camp.
YHA Idwal's campsite is located in a beautiful pine wooded area. The campsite is ideal for people who want the comforts of 4 star hostel facilities combined with the adventure element of falling asleep under the stars with Ogwen waterfall providing the background soundtrack. An intimate setting, YHA Idwal can accommodate up to seven small tents on the campsite.
During their stay, campers have 24 hour access to the facilities in the Youth Hostel.
There is a BBQ area in front of the Youth Hostel.
Cars are not able to park on the campsite but there is a car park next to the site.
This campsite is only suitable for small tents and therefore only two or three man tents are accepted.
No campfires or open fires are allowed on site.
Feel close to nature in this traditional old-style wooden hut! With shuttered windows for privacy and plenty of bunks to sleep comfortably, this simple but functional hut will take you back to your school days. The hut features electrical sockets and lights – your essentials for a rest between adventuring and sleeps six/seven people in one double bed with a single over the top and two bunks. The hut is fully furnished with beds and bedding - perfect for family breaks. There is a separate shower and toilet across from the hut for guests to use during their stay.
- Ambulant accessible
- Basic food shop
- Cot available
- Cycle store
- Garden / grounds
- Wheelchair accessible
- Drying room
- Board games
- Library/Quiet room
- Private rooms available
- En suite rooms available
- Camping and Cabins
Food & drink
- Dining room
- Self-catering kitchen
Transportation & parking
Other YHA products
- YHA Exclusive Hire
Need to know
Check in: 17.00 - 21.00
Check out: Before 10.00
Open every day?: YHA Idwal is open for booking every day from February half term until the end of October. From November to February the hostel is open at weekends and available for group bookings only during the week. The campsite is open from Easter until the end of October, depending on the weather conditions.
Towels and toiletries: Towels and toiletries are not provided but are available to hire or purchase from reception. Bedding is supplied.
Pets: Pets are not permitted at YHA Idwal however, assistance dogs are welcome throughout, please advise upon booking.
Wi-fi: There's no phone or Wi-Fi at YHA Idwal Cottage so it's the perfect opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle and have a digital detox.
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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.
Our network's second oldest hostel opened the day after it was acquired, in April 1931, and became an almost overnight success. In Idwal's first year of operation, camp beds had to be squeezed into every available space to accommodate the mountaineers that thronged here to conquer the crags of Snowdonia.
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Manager recommends: Don't miss Cwm Idwal Nature reserve, one of Wales’ most important wildlife sites. The footpath to the lake takes you through spectacular and breathtaking scenery. YHA Idwal is great for cheap family breaks to Wales, or walking holidays and activity breaks in a unique and dramatic landscape.