YHA Swanage
  • Recently refurbished
Bed in a shared room from £18.00 per night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Central heating
  • Hot water
  • Lock on doors
  • Smoke alarm

Need to know

Check in:
From 17:00 - 22:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
Towels and toiletries:
Hand soap is provided next to all sinks. Towels are not supplied as standard but can be rented or purchased from reception.
Bedding:
Bedding is supplied in all our shared rooms.
Private room from £29.00 per night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Central heating
  • Cot available
  • En-suite rooms available
  • Hot water
  • Lock on doors
  • Smoke alarm

Need to know

Check in:
From 17:00 - 22:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
Towels and toiletries:
Hand soap is provided next to all sinks. Towels are not supplied as standard but can be rented or purchased from reception.
Bedding:
Bedding is supplied in all our private rooms.
Entire place - Whole hostel from £0.00 per night
  • Whole hostel

    13 bathrooms 14 bedrooms sleeps up to 40 guests

    YHA Swanage is a spacious Victorian house which offers quality accommodation as well as superb views over the nearby bay. The property is an ideal base for those looking to discover the beauty of the incredible surroundings.

    From £0.00 per night

Amenities

  • Ambulant accessible
  • Bed linen
  • Carbon monoxide alarm
  • Central heating
  • Cleaning basics
  • Cooking basics
  • Cot available
  • Dishes and cutlery
  • Dryer
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Fridge
  • Grill
  • Hair dryer
  • Hangers
  • Heating
  • Highchair
  • Hot water
  • Iron and board
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Lock on doors
  • Microwave
  • Mini fridge
  • Outdoor seating
  • Oven
  • Sea view
  • Shower(s)
  • Smoke alarm
  • Toaster
  • Towel(s)
  • TV in room
  • Washing machine
  • Wheelchair accessible

Need to know

Check in:
From 16:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
Heating:
There is central heating throughout the property.
Bedding:
Bedding is supplied in all our rooms.
Dogs:
Hire YHA Swanage and bring your dogs! Add a dog to your booking at the checkout and bring your four-legged friend along with you. Dogs are not permitted in the bedrooms, on the furniture, or in the kitchen, and must be kept on a lead in the grounds.
Checking in:
You will receive an email prior to your arrival with the property address and check-in instructions.
Guest access:
Guests have use of the whole property, except the second floor bedrooms.
WiFi:
Free WiFi is available in shared social spaces.

Shared spaces

Kitchen and dining

The kitchen is located on the ground floor and includes a range of conveniences listed below.

Kitchen appliances: grill, kettle, microwave, mini fridge, oven, refrigerator, toaster.

Kitchenware: dishes and cutlery, kitchen utensils, pots, pans.

Cleaning basics: anti-bacterial spray, cloths, paper towels, sponges, washing up liquid.

Located on the ground floor, the dining room seats up to 60 people across a mixture of high and low tables with benches and chairs.

A highchair is available.

Lounge

The oak-paneled lounge is located on the ground floor and seats up to 20 people. There are comfy sofas, chairs and a TV.

Bathrooms

Across the entire building there is a total of 13 bathrooms.

En-suite bathrooms: 11

Toilets: 14

Showers: 13

Toilet paper is provided and hand soap is available next to all sinks.

Outdoors

Outside consists of some grounds.

Guests have full access to the grounds.

Outdoor amenities: cycle store, picnic tables.

Sleeping arrangements

Across the entire building there is a total of XX bedrooms.

Ground floor

One en-suite room that sleeps up to 3 people. It includes 1 set of bunk beds and a single bed. This room has disabled access.

First floor

One en-suite room that sleeps up to 2 people. It includes 1 set of bunk beds.

One room that sleeps up to 2 people. It includes 1 set of bunk beds.

Two en-suite rooms that sleep up to 3 people each. They include a high sleeper bunk with a double bed underneath.

One room that sleeps up to 3 people. It includes a high sleeper bunk with a double bed underneath.

Two en-suite rooms that sleep up to 4 people each. They include 2 sets of bunk beds.

One room that sleeps up to 4 people. It includes 2 sets of bunk beds.

One en-suite room that sleeps up to 5 people. It includes 2 sets of bunk beds and a single bed.

One en-suite room that sleeps up to 5 people. It includes 1 set of bunk beds and a high sleeper bunk with a double bed underneath.

One en-suite room that sleeps up to 6 people. It includes 3 sets of bunk beds.

Three en-suite rooms that sleep up to 6 people each. They include 3 sets of bunk beds.

A cot is available.

Overview

A large, sea-facing Victorian villa, YHA Swanage is situated five minutes' walk from the award-winning beach of Swanage – the only Blue Flag beach along the entire Dorset Jurassic Coast. The hostel has been recently refurbished for 2018 and is now better than ever. Spend a restful holiday building sandcastles, paddling in the sea and sampling local ice cream or alternatively, give coasteering or diving a go on this rugged coastline.

Our hilltop location gives rooms spectacular panoramic views of Swanage town and bay. The town is a classic British seaside resort and the perfect gateway to the Jurassic coast, a world heritage site.

Why guests love YHA Swanage

  • Minutes from a Blue Flag beach
  • Lovely hilltop location
  • Great for seaside family breaks

Accommodation at YHA Swanage

Bed in a shared room

Dorm rooms have multiple beds and are shared with other people who may not be travelling together. They are usually more affordable than private rooms as you'll be booking a bed rather than the whole room.

A typical shared dorm room includes bunk beds, a reading light and a storage cupboard for each guest.

Children aged between 12 and 15 can stay in dorm rooms as long as an adult of the same gender accompanies them.

Shared shower and toilet facilities are located near to the room. None of our dorm rooms have en-suite facilities.

Private rooms

Want some privacy? With a private room, you'll be booking the whole room for your stay.

Private rooms typically include a storage cupboard and reading light for each bed, plus a wash hand basin.

Shared shower and toilet facilities are located near to the room.

Private en-suite rooms

For added privacy, relax with your family, friends or by yourself in a private en-suite room.

Private en-suite rooms typically include a storage cupboard and reading light for each bed, plus shower and toilet facilities solely for the people in your room.

Hire the whole place

Planning an overdue get-together or celebrating a birthday/anniversary? Looking for a base for your group's next adventure? Make your special occasion extra special with YHA Exclusive Hire.

You can hire the whole building at YHA Swanage and, with sole use of the property, come and go as you please. This spacious Victorian house is an ideal base for those looking to discover the beauty of the incredible surroundings. Dogs are welcome too!

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Food and drink at YHA Swanage

YHA Swange dining room

Eat with us

YHA Swanage is serving a range of tasty food options for you to enjoy during your visit. Fuel your adventures with a YHA classic breakfast and continental options as well as a delicious evening menu. 

YHA Breakfast

Breakfast menu at YHA Swanage

Start your day off right with our delicious classic YHA breakfast including a hearty cooked breakfast and continental options. For a lighter start, you can buy the continental breakfast separately. Under 10s eat free with our special offer – see menu for details. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

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YHA Evening menu

Evening menu at YHA Swanage

Take your pick from today’s selection of hearty classics and delicious desserts. Under 10s eat free with our special offer – see menu for details. Vegan and vegetarian options available.

Hostel facilities

  • 24-hour access
  • Ambulant accessible
  • Breakfast
  • Classroom(s)
  • Coach parking on premises
  • Corridor zoning
  • Cycle store
  • Dining room
  • Evening meals
  • Free parking on premises
  • Full mobile coverage
  • Group meals
  • Highchair
  • Licensed bar
  • Minibus parking on premises
  • Near airport
  • Near bus stop
  • Near ferry port
  • Near train station
  • Outdoor seating
  • Packed lunch
  • Restaurant
  • Sea view
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Shared drying room
  • Shared laundry room
  • Shared lounge
  • Sole use
  • Vending machines
  • Water refill station
  • WiFi

Hostel need to know

Reception opening hours: From 07:30 - 10:00 and 17:00 - 22:00.

Food and drink: Breakfast is served to guests daily from 07:30 – 09:00. Meals are also available from 17:00 – 20:00.

Self-catering : Guests have access to a self-catering kitchen.

Parking: There is parking at the hostel.

WiFi: Free WiFi is available in shared social spaces.

YHA Swanage - Access Statement

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YHA Swanage

Map references

OS Map: 195

OS Grid Ref: SZ031785

Lat/Lng: 50.60615, -1.95783

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9346

Email: [email protected]

Volunteering

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

History

This fine seaside villa was built by the Captain of the Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s colossal ship ‘The Great Eastern’; Sir James Anderson. He built the house with the proceeds of laying the first ever transatlantic cable from Ireland to the Americas, thus connecting the old world with the new worlds. During WWI the house became a Red Cross hospital for soldiers returning from Europe. YHA has owned this fine building since 1949. The wood panelling in the building is believed to have come from the old English courts of law.

Meet the team

Garry Hayman is the manager at YHA Swanage: "I have always worked in the hotel and catering industry and started working with YHA in 1999 as a team member at YHA Golant. In 2000 I was appointed as hostel manager of YHA Dartmoor, then as manager of YHA Swanage in 2013. I like travelling, hiking and following the trials and tribulations of Plymouth Argyle Football Club. Whilst at YHA Dartmoor I met my wife, it was pretty much love at first sight and we married in 2005.

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