Dramatic limestone headland renowned for its wildlife and history. Don't miss the live camera that watches the seabird colonies.
A lovely rural retreat high in the Welsh hills, YHA Rowen is a stunning traditional Welsh farmhouse packed with character. The hostel boasts breathtaking views over the Conwy Valley and across to Snowdonia and makes for the perfect base from which to explore the hills, mountains and scenery of this area of North Wales.
The hostel’s cosy lounge with open fires will greet you upon your return from the hills in colder weather, whilst in the warmer months, sit back and relax in our quiet garden area.
Why guests love YHA Rowen
Accommodation at YHA Rowen
The hostel has 20 beds. YHA Rowen is a small, rustic and isolated retreat, and it's staffed by helpful volunteers.
YHA Rowen offers great views of the surrounding area, but guests do need to be aware that being on the side of a mountain means the road leading to the hostel is steep in parts but accessible by car with care. The hostel is up a very steep (1:3) hill on a narrow, but tarmac surfaced, road. You can leave your car at the bottom of the hill and walk up with your things, but please note it is a 10 minute walk to the hostel.
The hostel is self-catering only and has a well-appointed and modern kitchen offering all you will need for most culinary creations. Come prepared, but there are pubs and restaurants nearby. Our hostel has three cookers, three ovens, twelve hobs, two microwaves, two fridges, one freezer, plus cutlery, crockery, pots and pans.
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.
- Basic food shop
- Cycle store
- Garden / grounds
- Drying room
- Private rooms available
Food & drink
- Dining room
- Self-catering kitchen
Transportation & parking
Other YHA products
- Trade bookings
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.
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YHA Exclusive Hire
Invite all your family and friends along to YHA Rowen and hire the whole place to yourself. To do so please visit our YHA Exclusive Hire website. Open for bookings all year round.
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.
This hostel is part of our Volunteer Managers programme. You can find out about becoming a Volunteer Manager and supporting our small hostels on our Volunteering site.
Meet the team
Manager recommends: Walk over Tal-y-Fan Mountain behind the hostel and then treat yourself to a meal in Ty Gwyn, the local pub.