YHA Kettlewell exterior
Bed in a single gender shared dorm
Private room


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The award-winning Kettlewell Hostel is super friendly with hearty homemade food and great social areas. It is perfect for families, individuals and groups alike. With a range of private rooms or great value dorm beds, it is a wonderful base for exploring the Yorkshire Dales.

The Kettlewell Hostel has been part of the YHA network for over 75 years and is an absolute gem! Set in a charming Yorkshire Dales village with plenty of great walks, friendly pubs, stunning views and some world class cycling routes close by, it is a real home from home, just perfect for an active break.

A really great place to base yourself for a few days' walking, Great Whernside and Buckden Pike are within a few hours' hike, as well as a week's worth of varied walking right from the front door. If cycling is more your thing, we are on Tour de France and Tour de Yorkshire routes and provide the perfect base for those looking to get some big climbs under their belts! We also have a great bike shed for storing your cycling equipment too.

Why guests love YHA Kettlewell

  • Family run
  • Second-hand bookshop
  • Award-winning service

Accommodation at YHA Kettlewell

The hostel

Dorms are not currently available.

This award-winning gem of a hostel in the Yorkshire Dales village of Kettlewell is a real treat for those who choose to stay there. There is a lovely stylish dining room, a separate comfortable lounge with a wood-burning stove and a beautiful garden for sitting out in the sunshine! As well as the spacious communal areas there are 11 bedrooms sleeping up to 42, with a double room, a twin room, 4x 3 bed rooms, 2x 4 bed rooms 1x  5 bed room (contains a double bed, sleeps 6) and 2x 6 bed rooms.

The hostel serves their own fantastic menu of home-made meals using the very best in locally sourced produce, including the now famous 8-hour beef stew! We also bake our own ginger cakes and brownies for dessert, all served with local Yorkshire Dales ice-cream. Wash your delicious food down with great local beers, Yorkshire cider or even some local gin and tonic.

For breakfast we offer our full Yorkshire breakfast, with locally sourced ingredients, or a vegetarian full English. Alternatively, enjoy a hearty and healthy bowl of porridge. Vegan and gluten free alternatives are always available, just let us know and we will do our best to help.

With a growing reputation for great food, you can eat with us before heading out to try the three friendly pubs in the village or pick up a book from our secondhand bookshop and have a quiet evening in front of the wood-burning stove.

We also have a well-equipped self catering kitchen, so you can cook for yourself and your family or just use it to help yourself to the complimentary tea and coffee while you are here!

Hire the whole place

This hostel is available for hire on an exclusive basis, with or without catering. This means that you can have the place to yourself and choose how many of your friends, family or club mates join you.

You can hire YHA Kettlewell all year round and booking well in advance is advisable, especially at weekends. If you're interested, check availability for Exclusive Hire.


Food and drink at YHA Kettlewell

YHA Kettlewell dining room

Eat with us

YHA Kettlewell has earned an excellent reputation for great food. We are serving our delicious home cooked menu - dinner, breakfast and packed lunch every day. All dishes have been carefully planned to be perfect after a day out on the hills and full of good local produce.

You are very welcome to book food when you arrive. If you have special dietary needs, please get in touch and we will do our best to help you.


Breakfast at YHA Kettlewell

No stay in Kettlewell is complete without one of our delicious breakfasts, choose from The Full Yorkshire, a full vegetarian breakfast or a hearty and healthy porridge with soft brown sugar and cinnamon. You can’t book breakfast online so just let us know what you'd like when you check in!

All breakfasts come with unlimited tea, coffee, toast, cereals (including a local granola from Yockenthwaite) as well as jam, marmite…


Lunch at YHA Kettlewell

We can make up great filled rolls with your choice of fillings: Local sausage and mustard, egg mayo and cress, cheese salad, tuna cucumber or ham salad, made on local award winning Bakers bread. Fruit, crisps, drinks and biscuits are available for you to choose to make your perfect pack-up.

If you order the night before, it will be ready for you to grab as soon as you have finished your breakfast and away you go.

Evening meals

Evening meals at YHA Kettlewell

We have a great menu for you to choose from, hearty stews, home made gourmet burgers, delicious fresh pasta dishes and a range of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free options to fill you up after a great day on the hills. Just make sure that you leave a bit of room for one of our home-made puddings!

We ask for all evening meals to be ordered before 6pm.


Drinks at YHA Kettlewell

We have a great selection of drinks to enjoy whilst you are here. We have local ales such as Hetton Pale Ale and Wharfedale Blonde brewed just down the road and some excellent local ciders from Colemans.

We also have a carefully selected range of (not too expensive) wines to complement your meal while you are here!



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


  • Drying room
  • Lounge


  • Board games
  • Library/Quiet room

Accommodation options

  • Private rooms available

Food & drink

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

Transportation & parking

  • Parking

Other YHA products

  • Sole use
  • Trade bookings
  • YHA Exclusive Hire
  • YHA School Trips

Need to know

Reception times: From 08:00 - 10:00 and 17:00 - 22:00

Check in: From 17:00 - 22:00

Check out: Before 10:00

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

Parking: We have parking for up to seven cars at the hostel. There is plenty more parking in the village although this can be a sensitive issue and we ask that parking notices are respected. The £3 car park opposite the garage is often the best choice – pay in the garage and see one of the sets from the film Calendar Girls while you are there!

Dogs: Pets are not permitted at YHA Kettlewell. Assistance dogs are welcome.

YHA Kettlewell - Access Statement

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YHA Kettlewell

Map references

OS Map: 98

OS Grid Ref: SD970724

Lat/Lng: 54.14733, -2.04659

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 260 2759

Email: [email protected]

YHA Exclusive Hire

Invite your friends and family along to YHA Kettlewell and hire the whole property for yourself. With 40 beds over 11 rooms, we have a great range of options when deciding where everyone is to sleep!

You can have one of our excellent value group meals and breakfasts while you are here or cook for yourself in our self-catering facilities. To hire the whole place, check availability for Exclusive HireWe are open for group bookings all year round.


YHA Kettlewell was built in 1917 as a guest house and has been home to a bakery, cafe, village shop, post office as well as being taken into the YHA family in the 1940s. 

The hostel was sold in 2015 and since has gone from strength to strength as an independent hostel (thought still very much part of the YHA) ever since!

Meet the team

Saul and Floss bought The Kettlewell Hostel from YHA in 2015 and have been working ever since to make this the best hostel in the country! Saul is the chef, Floss is head of housekeeping - together they manage to do everything!

Before buying the hostel, Saul was a manager for outdoor clothes company Rohan, Floss has worked as a financial researcher in Harrogate and they have two children, Mollie and Humphrey.

We believe that by providing really good food and a nice welcome, in a clean, friendly and interesting environment that people would both have a nice time, and feel that they can come back time and again.

TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Award 2021 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2019 Rose Award 2018

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