YHA Lulworth Cove Exterior

YHA Lulworth Cove

Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5SA
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 Lulworth Cove

For the foreseeable future, the following changes will likely be in operation at YHA Lulworth Cove. 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

Exclusive hire

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

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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.

Offering coastal and countryside getaways, this rural retreat is ideal for Dorset family holidays or weekend breaks. Surrounded by views of the Dorset hills, the hostel is only a one mile walk to the famous Lulworth Cove, an icon of the Jurassic Coast and considered one of the finest examples of this type of land formation.

For activity breaks, the South West Coastal Path passes close by, or if you're on a family break, the kids will love Monkey World or the nearby Tank Museum.

Why guests love YHA Lulworth Cove

  • Timber rural retreat on the edge of a fishing village
  • Near to the South West Coastal Path
  • Surrounding by the Dorset Hills

Accommodation at YHA Lulworth Cove

The hostel

This 34 bed Youth Hostel has a selection of private rooms and dorm beds available as well as some camping pitches. You're surrounded by peaceful hills and you can stay in the 'Durdle Door' room for a taste of the local area. The hostel's convenient location is within walking distance of the village facilities.


Camp by the side of YHA Lulworth Cove and enjoy the views across the fields which surround us. Explore the beautiful Dorset countryside and walk the South West Coast path with its stunning outlook along the Jurassic Coast. Walk to Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, learn about fossils in the World Heritage Centre and explore Lulworth Castle.

We have an area of grass along the length of the hostel suitable for up to six lightweight, two person tents. There is room for up to 12 people.

All facilities are in the main hostel. There is delicious food which is available every day for campers including a cooked and continental breakfast buffet, a packed lunch for you to take with you and Supper Club, our unique dining experience.

The car park is next to the camping area.

Opening Times
Camping at YHA Lulworth Cove is available from March to October.

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 Lulworth Cove

YHA Lulworth Cove dining room

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 Lulworth Cove

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 and, 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.

Evening Meals

Supper Club at YHA Lulworth Cove

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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  • Ambulant accessible
  • Basic food shop
  • Classroom
  • Cot available
  • Cycle store
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden / grounds


  • Drying room
  • Lounge


  • Board games
  • TV

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

Transportation & parking

  • Parking

Other YHA products

  • YHA Exclusive Hire
  • YHA School Trips

Need to know

Check in: 17.00 - 21.00

Check out: Before 10.00

Open every day?: From 1st March to 31st October YHA Lulworth Cove is open during weekends and school holidays for families and individual travellers. From Monday - Thursday the hostel is open for group bookings. From 1st November until 28th February YHA Lulworth Cove is open for group bookings and YHA Exclusive Hire. Beds and rooms may become available three months prior to the travelling date so please check the website for more information. Camping is available from Easter until October. Please contact the hostel directly for more information and to book.

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

Parking: There is free parking 10 yards from the hostel.

Pets: Pets are not permitted at YHA Lulworth Cove. Assistance dogs are welcome.

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

YHA Lulworth Cove - Access Statement

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YHA Lulworth Cove

Map references

OS Map: 194

OS Grid Ref: SY832806

Lat/Lng: 50.62509, -2.240025

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9331

Email: [email protected]

YHA Exclusive Hire

Make YHA Lulworth Cove your home for a few days by booking the whole place for yourself! Visit our YHA Exclusive Hire website for more details. Available from September to March.

YHA School Trips

YHA Lulworth Cove provides both countryside and coastal experiences to visiting school groups. The Jurassic coast makes this a great location for geography trips. There is accommodation for up to 34 people, classroom facilities and group catering available, making this hostel well equipped to host school parties. 

Visit the YHA School Trips website for more information.


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


YHA Lulworth Cove was originally designed in 1981 as a purpose built chalet style hostel. The hostel opened in 1982 with 35 beds and refurbished in 1989 to add an extension.

Meet the team

Manager recommends: Take a walk to the top of Bindon Hill, for a panoramic view of the coast from St Aldhelm head to Portland Bill. Don’t miss the breathtaking views of the oyster shaped cove. Enjoy the abundant wildlife and the historic landscape as you stand on an iron-age hill fort - perfect for a Dorset family holiday or weekend activity break.

Walkers and cyclists welcome Trip advisor 2020 Travellers Choice award

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