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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
Accommodation at YHA Scarborough
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
- 24 hour access
- Cot available
- Cycle store
- Garden / grounds
- Drying room
- Board games
- Library/Quiet room
- Private rooms available
Food & drink
- BBQ area
- Dining room
- Group catering available
- Licensed bar
- Meals available
- Self-catering kitchen
Transportation & 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.
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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.