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


Covid-19 safety procedures

YHA Portland is temporarily unavailable for recreational bookings until at least 7th December 2020. As part of our repurposing programme with charity and local government partners, it is currently being used to accommodate key workers and the most vulnerable members of society through the pandemic crisis.

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COVID-19 Industry Standard

In Partnership with The National Tourist Organisation of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

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.

With spectacular views across Lyme Bay and Portland Harbour, YHA Portland sits at the north of the ‘island’, and is reached from the mainland via a causeway from Dorset’s famous Chesil Beach.

The Isle of Portland is the gateway to an array of activities like climbing, sailing, diving, wind surfing and sea-kayaking. The hostel is spectacularly situated so consider staying a night to spend a leisurely day exploring this extraordinary isle. Attractions include Henry VIII’s coastal fortress, the sculptures in Tout Quarry, and Portland Museum.

Why guests love YHA Portland

  • Traditional south coast seaside break destination
  • Unique location on the Isle of Portland
  • Superb views across the bay and harbour

Accommodation at YHA Portland

The hostel

YHA Portland has 33 beds in both dorm rooms and private rooms. The hostel has a slightly sloping garden, so please be careful if you're exploring.


There is 24 hour access to the hostel for camping guests. Please note, you will only be able to check in between 5pm and 9pm. Guests are provided with an access code for the front door on check in.
There is one washroom/shower which is designated for campers on the ground floor. There are a further three communal showers and two toilets on the first floor and another toilet and shower on the ground floor.
There is a full self-catering kitchen within the hostel which can be used by camping guests. There is also an outdoor kitchen, with washing up facilities and a BBQ area.
Campers are able to bring their own BBQs. Please note: The area of land reserved for camping is positioned on a gentle slope.

The car parking is around the sides of the hostel so approximately three metres from the camping area. There is parking space next to the lawn area which could be used for small camper vans. Check with YHA Portland directly before booking.

Important Information
Campfires are strictly prohibited.

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 Portland

YHA Portland 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.

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Breakfast at YHA Portland

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.

Supper Club

Supper Club at YHA Portland

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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  • Cycle store
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden / grounds


  • Drying room
  • Laundry
  • Lounge


  • Board games
  • Library/Quiet room

Accommodation options

  • Private rooms available
  • En suite rooms available
  • Camping and Cabins

Food & drink

  • BBQ area
  • Dining room
  • Group catering available
  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen

Transportation & parking

  • Parking

Other YHA products

  • Sole use
  • YHA Exclusive Hire
  • YHA School Trips

Need to know

Check in: 17.00 - 21.00

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: The car parking is around the sides of the hostel so approximately three metres from the camping area.

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 Portland however, assistance dogs are welcome throughout, please advise upon booking.

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

YHA Portland - Access Statement

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YHA Portland

Map references

OS Map: 194

OS Grid Ref: SY685741

Lat/Lng: 50.563974, -2.446242

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9339

Email: [email protected]

YHA Exclusive Hire

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

YHA School Trips

YHA Portland is the ideal place for a school trip that combines learning experiences with fun-filled activities. The Jurassic coast provides great opportunities for geography trips, whilst local beaches make it the perfect destination for water sports activities. This hostel holds up to 28 people and provides group catering and classroom facilities.

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


Hardy House was one of three identical houses built in the neighbouring area. Built in 1906, they had a very distinctive look and feel with red brick broken up by Portland stone.

The building has had quite the past. Originally home to the Admiralty's Chief Civil Engineer and later the headquarters of the Minestry of Defence Police, Naval Provost and the Works Department.

YHA bought the hostel in 2000 after years worth of negotiations. The hostel officially opened in 2001. The hostel was refurbished in 2016 with a distinct beach look and feel. Camping on the site is very popular especially with the bell tents available to hire.

Meet the team

Manager recommends: If you're on a south coast seaside break, take time to admire the panoramic views from the top of the island and visit Tout Quarry - an abandoned stone quarry that has been turned into an amazing sculpture park.

Explore the King Barrow Quarries Nature Reserve on Portland. The site hasn’t been worked for 100 years but the old quarrying methods have left behind a wealth of geological interest and a haven for rare plants, butterflies and wildlife. And the views across the mainland are striking!

Walkers and cyclists welcome

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