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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
Accommodation at YHA Lulworth Cove
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.
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
- Ambulant accessible
- Basic food shop
- Cot available
- Cycle store
- Free wi-fi
- Garden / grounds
- Drying room
- Board games
- 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
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.
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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.
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.