YHA Medway Exterior
Bed in a single gender shared dorm
Private room


Situated in rural Kent, opposite Capstone Farm Country Park, YHA Medway is a traditional Oast house with plenty of character. Guests are welcome to relax in the ambient communal lounge and be sure to look out for exposed beams and beautiful brickwork.

YHA Medway is well-located for winter sports at Chatham ski centre, historic Rochester, Chatham Dockyard and the Kent Downs – which offers lovely countryside for walkers to enjoy. Medway is also within striking distance of London, should you wish to combine your trip with a visit to the capital.

Why guests love YHA Medway

  • Character property full of original features
  • Well-located for nearby attractions
  • Attractive external area

Accommodation at YHA Medway

The hostel

YHA Medway offers 52 beds set across 15 rooms:

1 x single, 4 x twin (dorm bed for two – skylights, no windows), 1 x triple (double bed and top bunk – window), 6 x 4 bed (2 x bunk bed – skylights/no windows), 2 x 5 bed (bunk beds – 1 x skylight and 1 with windows), 1 x 7 bed room (ground floor)

We've recently given YHA Medway a bit of love and attention and have spruced up the bathrooms, redecorated the bedrooms and made the communal areas in this cosy home-from-home warmer and even more inviting.

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 Medway

YHA Medway 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 Medway

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 buffet. Cold meats, cheeses, fresh fruit and yoghurt are on offer for the health conscious or light eaters and, for the hungrier amongst you, a full English breakfast. Breakfast is served from 7.30 – 9am and you can get 10% off breakfast when you book online.

Evening meals

Evening meals at YHA Medway

Join our nightly Supper Club, share stories and experiences with your fellow travellers while tucking into a big pot of something delicious – this is the authentic hostel experience! Don’t forget, kids under 10 eat free – get one kid’s meal free with every adult’s meal.

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Packed lunch

Packed lunch at YHA Medway

Energise your outdoor adventure with a nutritious packed picnic lunch. Prepared for you on request, our delicious packed lunches include a sandwich with a selection of fillings to choose from, a chocolate bar, a bottle of still mineral water, a packet of crisps and a piece of fresh fruit.



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


  • Drying room
  • Laundry
  • Lounge


  • Board games
  • Games room
  • TV

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

  • Trade bookings
  • YHA Exclusive Hire
  • YHA School Trips

Need to know

Reception times: 08.00 - 10.00 17.00 - 22.00

Check in: 17.00 - 21.30

Check out: 08.00 - 10.00

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

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

Parking: Ample parking is provided outside the hostel and is easily accessible from the main road network.

Pets: Pets are not permitted at YHA Medway. Assistance dogs are welcome.

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

YHA Medway - Access Statement

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YHA Medway

Map references

OS Map: 178

OS Grid Ref: TQ783653

Lat/Lng: 51.357857, 0.558034

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9649

Email: [email protected]

YHA Exclusive Hire

Make YHA Medway your home for a few days by booking the whole place for yourself! Visit our YHA Exclusive Hire website for more information. Available for group bookings from the autumn half term to the Easter holidays.

YHA School Trips

YHA Medway has great facilities for study trips with on site classrooms, home-cooked meals, a garden and a self-catering kitchen. With many cultural, historic and adventure attractions nearby, this is a great location for a variety of school trips. 

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


An oast, oast house or hop kiln is a building designed for kilning (drying) hops as part of the brewing process. They can be found in most hop-growing (and former hop-growing) areas and are often good examples of vernacular architecture. Many redundant oasts have been converted into houses or, in our case, into an affordable accommodation provider. Ideal for outdoor pursuits, we are just a few miles from the North Downs Way and Sustrans Cycling Route 1. The Chatham Ski and Snowboard Centre is only a five minute walk away. YHA Medway guests can also visit Rochester Castle, Rochester Cathedral and Charles Dickens’ former home, at Eastgate House. Historic Leeds Castle is just 12 miles away.

Meet the team

Piotr Lyjak is the manager at YHA Medway has been with YHA for four years. He has an MSC in Tourism & Hospitality Management and has worked as YHA Oxford Duty 2012, YHA Wells Manager 2013 and Relief on many occasions. 

Manager recommends: Chatham is home to the longest artificial Ski Slope in Kent & the South East - loads of fun for everyone from Skiing and Snowboarding to Tobogganing and Snow-Tubing! A great idea for school trips and family breaks.

Walkers and cyclists welcome Trip Advisor 2018

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