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Covid-19 - Book with confidence

It is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of the current Government guidance. In making a booking with YHA (England & Wales) you are agreeing to adhere to the relevant Government guidance that will apply at the time of your stay. Please bear in mind that the guidance may be different in England and Wales.

The duty of care we have to our guests, beneficiaries, staff and partners compels us to progress and run our hostels with caution and careful consideration in the best interests of the charity and those it serves.

To find out more about our COVID-19 secure enhanced health and safety measures, please read our FAQs.

Temporary changes at YHA Scarborough

For the foreseeable future, the following changes will be in operation at YHA Scarborough. We are sorry for inconvenience this has caused, we're working hard to safely open all areas of our hostels as soon as we can.


  1. Dorms are not currently available.

Private rooms

  1. This hostel offers private rooms with en-suite or shared toilets and showers facilities with extra Covid-secure cleaning regimes.


  1. Self-catering kitchen(s) remain closed.

  2. Bar(s) will be serving drinks for guests to take away.

  3. Dining room(s) are open to guests for the consumption of their own food.

  4. Meeting room(s) remain closed

  5. Luggage room/store(s) remain closed.


  1. We will be serving a limited food and drinks menu for guests to take away.

Once a 17th century water mill set on a quiet riverside, located 1½ miles north of the town centre and 15 minutes' walk from Scalby Mills and the North Bay beach, YHA Scarborough is the perfect base to enjoy, explore, or simply unwind on the beautiful North Yorkshire coast.

Whether you love traditional seaside arcades or epic coastal scenery, the North Yorkshire town of Scarborough has something for everyone. Don't miss the atmospheric castle on the cliff, the educational SEALIFE Centre and the Victorian spa area.

Why guests love YHA Scarborough

  • Quiet riverside location
  • Close to the beach and coastal scenery
  • Cosy, traditional-style hostel

Accommodation at YHA Scarborough

The hostel

YHA Scarborough has 46 beds in four and six bedded rooms, all with shared toilets and showers.

The hostel is down a quiet driveway, set in a small woodland on the bank of a small river. There is a private garden, a large car park and secure bike shed. Take a look at the local information on our walls, curl up with a book in our comfortable lounge, or have a play on our piano. There's a woodburning stove too!


Food and drink at YHA Scarborough

YHA food

Food and drink

A continental breakfast is available in the morning for groups, as well as packed lunches and evening meals prior arrangement. You'll also find places to eat nearby the hostel and a well-equipped self-catering kitchen.



  • 24 hour access
  • Classroom
  • Cot available
  • Cycle store
  • Garden / grounds


  • Drying room
  • Laundry
  • Lounge


  • Board games
  • Library/Quiet room

Accommodation options

  • Private rooms available

Food & drink

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

Transportation & parking

  • Parking
  • Near train station

Other YHA products

  • Sole use
  • Trade bookings
  • YHA Exclusive Hire
  • YHA School Trips

Need to know

Reception times: 07.30 - 10.30 17.00 - 22.00 24hr access after check-in

Check in: 17.00 - 22.00

Check out: 07.30 - 10.30

Open every day?: Yes

Parking: There is a large car park, close to the building itself.

YHA Scarborough - Access Statement

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YHA Scarborough

Map references

OS Map: 301

OS Grid Ref: TA02639078

Lat/Lng: 54.302326, -0.42435

Contact information

Phone: 03452602896

Email: [email protected]


In the 1600s, the hostel was one of three flour mills on Scalby Beck, a small river just outside of Scarborough. In the 18th century the wheel was removed, the mill race drained and the building was used as a farm house. Just after the First World War the derelict building was bought and converted into a boarding house. When it was opened in 1935 it was one of the YHA’s first hostels and the owner Mrs Atkinson was kept on as warden when YHA later bought the buildings.

After numerous additions and alterations, an annexe was added in 1962 increasing capacity to 70 beds.

YHA Scarborough was listed for closure in 2009, but continued to operate as a YHA hostel until Rob and Elise bought it in June 2013 as an Enterprise Hostel.


Meet the team

Rob and Elise, the managers at YHA Scarborough, have stayed in hostels all over the world and now enjoy welcoming guests to their own hostel.

Manager recommends:The North Sea – with a good wet suit body boarding and surfing are great fun or join the regular South Bay Sea Swimmers for a refreshing dip.

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