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


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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.

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.




  • 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

Closed facilities: The following facilities are temporarily closed at this hostel due to COVID-19 safety measures - luggage/storage room(s), cycle store(s).

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.

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

David and his small team, welcome you with over 20 years experience in hospitality to YHA Medway. David & Iain have accrued over 20 years hospitality experience together. This small team will try what they can to look after you.

Manager recommends: A gentle walk opposite Capstone County Farm Park, Safe and quick slide down the Hill of Chatham’s Snowsport Centre, a daily trip to London which is only 24 miles away, a memorable visit to Rochester Castle or a historic research at Chatham dockside.

Walkers and cyclists welcome Trip advisor 2020 Travellers Choice award

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