YHA Perranporth exterior
  • Recently refurbished
Bed in a single gender shared dorm
Private room
Camping and cabins


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YHA Perranporth is all about location! This small and friendly Cornish hostel is situated in a stunning cliff-top position, with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and two and a half miles of sandy beach.

So if surfing, body boarding, kayaking or coasteering are your thing, or if you love strolling along the beach or the South West Coast Path, YHA Perranporth offers the perfect getaway.

Why guests love YHA Perranporth

  • Stunning cliff top location
  • Recently refurbished for 2018
  • Amazing views of the beach and the Atlantic

Accommodation at YHA Perranporth

The hostel

There is a small 3 bedded room (with a bunk and a single bed), a two bedded room by the dining room (with a bunk bed), a three bedded ensuite room (with a single over double bunk bed, and a kitchenette), and two larger eight bedded rooms (with four bunk beds). There are three toilets and three showers located a short distance away. Due to the nature of the building all of the rooms are fairly small.

The open plan dining room provides a perfect place to socialise, overlooking spectacular coastal views with it’s new floor to ceiling window.

The hostel is self-catering only and has a freshly fitted, well-equipped kitchen. We have two cookers, eight hobs, a microwave, two kettles, a toaster, one larder fridge, a small freezer and plenty of pots, pans and cutlery. There is a good selection of local shops in town, including plenty of pubs, restaurants, takeaways and cafes to choose from. Whether you want fish and chips, Chinese, Indian or Italian we've got it all nearby. Good pubs near us include Seiners, The Watering Hole and The Smuggler's Den (just 5 minutes' walk away).


If you want to get closer to nature, YHA Perranporth has a slightly sloping fenced lawn in front of the main building. There is space for one small, robust two person tent. It’s in a very exposed cliff-top location, 180ft above the Atlantic Ocean. So when it’s windy and the sea’s rough it can be a rather extreme camping pitch, not for the faint hearted!

Camping is only bookable by calling the hostel directly 01872 573812. If there’s a local low pressure we also recommend giving us a call the day before to check the weather and swell forecast. Standard booking Terms & Conditions apply. Please bring all your own camping equipment. Campers are welcome to use the hostels facilities.

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.




  • Ambulant accessible
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden / grounds


  • Drying room
  • Lounge


  • Board games

Accommodation options

  • Private rooms available
  • Camping and Cabins

Food & drink

  • Self-catering kitchen

Other YHA products

  • Trade bookings
  • YHA Exclusive Hire

Need to know

Check in: From 17:00 - 21:00

Check out: Before 10:00

Open every day?: YHA Perranporth is open every day from March to October. From November until the end of February, the hostel is only 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: Pay and Display parking is available in the nearby field car park.

YHA Perranporth - Access Statement

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YHA Perranporth

Map references

OS Map: 204

OS Grid Ref: SW752544

Lat/Lng: 50.3461, -5.16171

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9755

Email: [email protected]

YHA Exclusive Hire

Make YHA Perranporth your home for a few days by booking the whole place to yourself! Visit our YHA Exclusive Hire website for more details. Open for bookings from the Autumn half term to the Easter holidays.


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.


A.E.S. Perranporth was built in the early 1950’s as a top secret Admiralty Experimental Station and research laboratory studying and developing shore-based submarine detection. The old radar base can still be found in the back garden. It opened as a Youth Hostel 1982, and is still used today for coastal research by both Plymouth and Oregonstate University. Perranporth, known for its amazing beach and great summer holidays has a long history stretching behind it. It is believed that St. Piran, Cornwall’s patron saint, arrived along the coast in the 7th century, where he founded his first church and monastery - which can still be viewed when walking the dunes near Perranporth. In many years to follow the town of Perranporth popped up, becoming a small tin mining village in the 19th century. Perranporth’s beaches started to draw a number of holiday makers at the turn of the century, becoming more accessible by the Great Western Railway line that ran through Perranporth. During WWII Perranporth grew in importance as its airfield became a base for RAF Spitfire squadrons. Today you can take scenic flights from the airfield or do a tandem skydive with incredible views over the bay. The huge sandy beach and decent waves still draw crowds like they’ve always done!

Meet the team


Phil loves to surf and spend time with his family, and enjoys everything related to the sea, coast and great outdoors. In his spare time you’ll find him exploring rock pools, gliding the waves or walking the coastal footpath. On his days off he likes to traverse Cornwall with the family, and is always happy to share his knowledge of magical places and the best wave-catching spots.


Hi, I am Linda. I live locally and am often seen walking past the hostel with my dogs. I am, however, new to working for YHA so am hoping for a great new experience!


Rough Guides Walkers and cyclists welcome Trip advisor 2020 Travellers Choice award


The redevelopment of YHA Perranporth has been part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.


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