YHA Penzance exterior
Bed in a single gender shared dorm
Private room
Camping and cabins


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Set within beautiful gardens in a peaceful part of town, YHA Penzance is a Georgian mansion which provides perfect accommodation for seaside holidays close to the Cornish coast.

Penzance is an excellent base for exploring the local area and is the departure point for sailings to the Isles of Scilly. The hostel is perfectly positioned for accessing some sensationally scenic walking routes nearby with excellent local and national public transport links.

Why guests love YHA Penzance

  • Excellent base for watersports holidays
  • Attractive Georgian mansion
  • Great for coastal Cornwall holidays

Accommodation at YHA Penzance

The hostel

This magnificent Georgian mansion has 100 beds in both dorm rooms and private rooms. Facilities include a café bar, laundry, drying room, games room and a BBQ area – perfect for dining al fresco on a balmy summer night. There is also a large garden area for guests to make use of on sunny days.

The hostel is full of original features with an impressive staircase and hallway. Guests can choose to relax in our spacious lounge and are welcome to help themselves to a board game or two for the evening.

Two good-sized dining rooms are available, one of them attached to the self-catering kitchen which is convenient for guests choosing to make their own meals.

Bell tents

Get all the fun of camping but without any of the set up stresses with these beautiful bell tents - part of the YHA Glamping experience. These spacious tepee-like tents are fully kitted out with a double futon bed and three single futons plus all bedding and can sleep four or five people. They also have an eco-friendly solar lighting and a picnic bench. Premium bell tents sleep four with one double and two singles, plus a woodburner to keep you cosy. 

There are six tents available at YHA Penzance - two premium and four standard - and there is a separate toilet and shower block for camping guests to use. YHA Penzance's bell tents are available to book throughout the year for stays between May and September.

BBQ fire pits are not available at this hostel.


Camping is sold per person and not per pitch. During the booking process, you will need to select the number of people that you wish to camp.

YHA Penzance has a sheltered and cosy, south-facing campsite on a level green adjacent to the main Youth Hostel building with views across Mount's Bay to the Lizard Peninsula. Just a 10 minute wak from the nearest bus service and 15 minutes from the centre of Penzance, this campsite is ideally places for a family break or if you're organising a group getaway.

Guests have year-round access to 2 shower shacks and 2 toilet shacks, where you can freshen up after a sleeping under the stars.
Use of all the hostel facilities are included for campers.
Wildlife spotting guides are available from the Youth Hostel reception, so see what you can find!
There is a washroom and mini-kitchen on the campsite as well as four toilets and two showers.
BBQs are available for hire but your own charcoal must be provided. There is a metal table area which is suitable for disposable BBQs.

Parking is available in an adjacent car park.

Important Information
Quiet time is observed in the campsite from 10.30pm until 7.30am.
Campfires are strictly prohibited.
Please note that the site is not suitable for campervans or caravans.


Like camping but with a few added extras? These Landpods are the perfect alternative for sleeping under the stars. The Landpods sleep up to four people, on two double mattresses and a single futon mattress, which doubles up as the seating area. With LED lighting, these pods include all beds and 15 tog duvets. The Landpods do not have heating, so are more suited to the those who like a traditional camping experience, even in the colder months - it’s nothing a couple of warm, cosy blankets can’t fix!  There is a bench outside so you can make the most of the great outdoors and dine al fresco.

All guests have full access to all of the hostel facilities, including the self-catering kitchen and bathrooms, so you can cook delicious meals, or freshen up after your night sleeping under the stars.

BBQ fire pits are not available at this hostel.


Food and drink at YHA Penzance

YHA Penzance dining room

Eat with us

YHA Penzance is serving a range of tasty food options, including breakfast baps, hot plated breakfasts, continental option, and a pizza and Supper Club menu, for you to enjoy during your visit. A takeaway service is also available.

Cooked breakfast

Breakfast menu at YHA Penzance

We want to make sure you start your day right, so we are now serving a delicious range of hot plated breakfast options, breakfast baps and continental breakfast. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

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Pizza menu at YHA Penzance

Tuck into a vast range of delicious stone-baked pizzas when you pay a visit to the hostel. From margherita to ham and pineapple, we're sure we have a pizza topping for everyone to enjoy. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

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Supper Club

Supper Club at YHA Penzance

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! 

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  • Cot available
  • Garden / grounds


  • Drying room


  • Board games
  • Games room

Accommodation options

  • Private rooms available
  • Camping and Cabins

Food & drink

  • BBQ area
  • Dining room
  • Group catering available
  • Licensed bar

Transportation & parking

  • Parking

Need to know

Restricted facilities: Laundry facilities and access to the drying room are currently only available only during reception hours (from 07:30 - 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: There is an on-site car park.

Open every day?: Yes, YHA Penzance is open every day. However, the hostel may be fully booked in advance, so please check this website for availability before travelling. For group bookings of 16 people or more, please contact our Groups reservation team.

Pets: Dogs can stay on our campsite and in our bell tents and Landpods. There is a £5 charge per dog per night for our bell tent and Landpod accommodation which is payable upon arrival. You can bring your dog for free if you are camping in your own tent. Pets are not permitted in the hostel accommodation at YHA Penzance however, assistance dogs are welcome throughout, please advise upon booking.

Wi-Fi: Free wi-fi is available in social spaces.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served from 07:30 - 09:00.

YHA Penzance - Access Statement

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YHA Penzance

Map references

OS Map: 203

OS Grid Ref: SW457302

Lat/Lng: 50.117926, -5.557929

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9653

Email: [email protected]

YHA School Trips

YHA Penzance is a great destination for school parties seeking an educational or activity break. The area boasts some great historic attractions as well as rock climbing and water sports. With up to 101 beds and meals available, YHA Penzance is able to cater to a range of 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 Penzance started life as Castle Horneck, a Georgian manor house. The building is now Grade II listed and sits in it's original gardens with great views over Mounts Bay.

YHA opened this hostel in 1949 and refurbished in 1987 with major improvements to the inside and out. Further improvements have been made over the years with a modern look and feel whilst still keeping the originality of the building and its surroundings

Meet the team

Manager Paul says: Leave the car behind and take the scenic train journey to St Ives, voted one of the best seaside towns in Britain. With five beautiful sandy beaches, amazing views and historic cobbled streets with a wide range of galleries and shops, this is hard to beat for a cheap seaside getaway! For school trips, the local area is full of historic attractions, or if you're looking for an activity break, hit the beaches for a great sailing or surfing holiday.

Walkers and cyclists welcome Trip advisor 2020 Travellers Choice award

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