YHA Swanage
  • Recently refurbished
Bed in a single gender shared dorm
Private room


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 Swanage

For the foreseeable future, the following changes will be in operation at YHA Swanage. 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. YHA Swanage is temporarily unavailable for recreational bookings until at least 7th August 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.

Private rooms

  1. YHA Swanage is temporarily unavailable for recreational bookings until at least 7th August 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.

Exclusive hire

  1. From 22nd December 2020, YHA Wells-next-the-Sea will operate on an Exclusive Hire basis only, with contact-free check in.

Camping & Cabins

  1. Camping pods are now open at this site. Any other Camping & Cabin products remain closed.

  2. We're currently only able to offer shared toilet and shower facilities.

  3. Outdoor sinks are available, with cold running water for drinking and hot water for washing up.

  4. Bedding is provided for pre-pitched YHA Camping & Cabin products but all soft furnishings that can't be easily cleaned have been removed.

Good to Go England

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.

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

The hostel

YHA Swanage has recently undergone a £1.5m refurbishment to improve the facilities and accommodation at the hostel. The hostel now benefits from 93 beds with 11 of the rooms en-suite, including one fully accessible room. The rooms have two to six beds and some of the rooms contain a double bed. The hostel also has a brand new self-catering kitchen as well as open plan social areas with an oak panelled lounge and dining room with soft chairs. Free Wi-Fi is available in the communal areas. YHA Swanage offers FREE WIFI in communal areas!

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 Swanage

YHA Swanage 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.


Breakfast at YHA Swanage

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.

All day menu

All day menu at YHA Swanage

We offer a fantastic range of stone-baked pizzas as well as delicious nachos, jackets and paninis throughout the evening. Pick from our menu or choose your own toppings. Vegan and vegetarian options also available.

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Supper club

Supper club at YHA Swanage

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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  • Classroom
  • Cot available
  • Cycle store
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden / grounds


  • Drying room
  • Laundry
  • Lounge


  • Board games
  • Games room
  • TV

Accommodation options

  • Private rooms available

Food & drink

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

Transportation & parking

  • Parking

Other YHA products

  • Meeting Rooms & Corporate Hire
  • Trade bookings
  • YHA Exclusive Hire
  • YHA School Trips

Need to know

Check in: 15.00 - 23.00

Check out: Before 10.00

Parking: There is ample parking for coaches and cars.

Open every day?: No. From 1st March to 31st October, YHA Swanage is open at weekends and during school holidays. Monday - Thursday the hostel is available for group bookings. Beds and rooms may become available three months before travelling dates, so please check the website. At certain times, the hostel may only be available for Groups and Exclusive Hire.

Towels and toiletries: Towels and toiletries are not provided but are available to hire or purchase from reception. Bedding is supplied.

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

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 (0) 345 371 9346

Email: [email protected]

YHA Exclusive Hire

Invite all your family and friends along to YHA Swanage and hire the whole property for yourself. To do so please visit our YHA Exclusive Hire website. Open for bookings from the autumn half term to the Easter holidays.

YHA School Trips

YHA Swanage is perfectly located to enjoy the Jurassic coast with a range of different geography packages on offer. The local area also has a lot to offer history students or those looking for an adventure holiday. The hostel can accommodate up to 100 people and provides group catering as well as 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


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 & 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.

Walkers and cyclists welcome Cool Places Trip advisor 2020 Travellers Choice award

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