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January sale
25% off


Subject to availability. Offer available on selected hostels only. Offer only available on new bookings made online between 24th December 2019 and 4th February 2020 for stays between 24th December 2019 and 24th April 2020. Offer is for accommodation only and membership discount cannot be used in conjunction with this offer. Promotional terms and conditions apply and bookings made with this promotional code are booked on a non-cancellable, non-amendable rate. Offer not available for groups of 16 or over (unless booking through YHA Exclusive Hire). YHA reserves the right to amend or end this offer at any time.

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


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 eco-friendly solar lighting and comfy bean bags for you to chill out on during the day plus bedside tables, a coffee table, rugs and soft flooring. Premium bell tents sleep four and have the addition of 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 glamping guests to use. YHA Penzance's bell tents are available to book throughout the year for stays between Easter and the end of September.


Please note that camping is sold per person and not per pitch and so, 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.

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.


Food and drink at YHA Penzance

YHA Penzance 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 Penzance

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.

Oranka Juice Station

New juice station

With a brand new look and plenty of new options on offer, our bottomless juice stations are the perfect accompaniment to the most important meal of the day. Along with traditional breakfast favourites, we now have Lemon and Blueberry juice options as well as our first ever smoothie offerings.

All day menu

All day menu at YHA Penzance

Choose from our tasty daily specials or delve into our café-bar style menu experience, think scrumptious bar snacks, trendy English tapas and loaded stone-baked pizzas. Vegan and vegetarian options also available. Don’t forget, kids under 10 eat free – get one kid’s meal free with every adult’s meal.

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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! Don't forget, you can now save up to 15% when you add meals to your online booking.

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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

Check in: 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. Bookings are available up to three months in advance. The hostel is also open for group bookings during the week from March until October.

Pets: Dogs can stay on our campsite and in our bell tents. There is a £5 charge per dog per night for our bell tent 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 7.30am til 9am.

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.

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 2018

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