YHA Wye Valley exterior
Bed in a single gender shared dorm
Private room
Camping and cabins


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 Wye Valley

For the foreseeable future, the following changes will be in operation at YHA Wye Valley. 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.

Camping & Cabins

  1. Campings pods, cabins, bell tents and tipis 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.


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

  2. Lounge(s) remain closed.

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

  4. Drying room(s) remain closed.

  5. Meeting room(s) remain closed.

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

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


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

Exclusive hire

  1. From 2nd November, YHA Wye Valley will operate on an Exclusive Hire basis only, with contact-free check in.

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.

Set in 25 acres on the banks of the River Wye, YHA Wye Valley is great for activity breaks and adventures in this magical section of the Welsh borders. It even has its own canoe landing station!

Located in the heart of the Royal Forest of Dean, close to Symonds Yat Rock, there's a course on site for orienteering holidays and there are miles of footpaths and trails to explore for walkers and cyclists of all levels. There’s also an extensive range of camping and glamping options to enjoy, too!

Why guests love YHA Wye Valley

  • Activity hostel with its own canoe landing station
  • Stunning views down the River Wye
  • Superb glamping options

Accommodation at YHA Wye Valley

The hostel

Both dorms and private rooms are available at this Youth Hostel, along with lounge and dining areas. There are two lounge areas for our guests to relax in, a dining room and an outside seating area for dining or relaxing when the weather is fine.

Bell tents

Get all the fun of camping but without any of the set up stresses with these beautiful bell tents - part of the YHA Glamping experience. These spacious tipi-like tents are fully kitted out with a double futon bed and three single futons plus all bedding and can sleep four/five people. They also have eco-friendly solar lighting and comfy bean bags for you to chill out on during the day plus bedside tables, a coffee table, rugs and soft flooring. Premium bell tents also have the added benefit of a woodburner to keep you cosy.

There are six bell tents available at YHA Wye Valley - four standard and two premium. YHA Wye Valley's bell tents are available to book for stays between April and September.


Please note that camping is sold per person and not per pitch and so, during the booking process, you will need to select the number of people that you wish to camp.

The campsite is a spacious field on the edge of the Youth Hostel grounds in close proximity to the River Wye and the on-site canoe launch - perfect for a watersports holiday! For guests with smaller children, or if you wish to be closer to the facilities, there is an additional camping field situated directly below the main building. The Wye Valley campsite is a great location for both organised groups and family holidays. It is a perfect stopover for canoeing the Wye or as a base for a canoeing break. YHA Wye Valley has a restaurant and also hosts BBQ nights. On site activities include archery and family fun nights.

A water supply is provided on the camp site as well as a designated fire pit/barbecue area for campers' use and picnic tables.

There is 24 hour access to toilets and showers. The separate male and female WC blocks are located in the main courtyard.

Campers are welcome to use the self-catering kitchen and seating area during open hours and there is a sink for washing up in the courtyard.

Campers are welcome to use the main hostel lounge facilities.

During periods of dry weather, you can drive your car down to the camping field and park next to your tent. However, when the ground is wet access to the campsite may be more difficult and so there is a car park approximately five minutes' walk away.

Check In
All campers must check in before 10.00pm and check out by 10am. Later departure is available by prior arrangement, please contact YHA Wye Valley directly for details.

Please note that during sole use of YHA Wye Valley by school groups, the campsite is not available for use except for other school/educational groups. Advance booking is advised.

Important Information
No ground level fires or non-raised barbecues are permitted anywhere else on the campsite other than the designated fire pit, due to health and safety reasons.

Guests are responsible for the provision of firewood. Firewood is available to buy from reception. It is not permitted to use wood from nearby trees or woodland as these are on private grounds

Campers are not permitted to bring their own alcohol on site but there is a bar in the main Youth Hostel which they are welcome to use.

There is a tight hairpin bend on the main driveway and so cars towing trailers may need to detach the trailer to go round the bend.

The access to the site is not suitable for any vehicle larger than a small minibus. It is therefore not recommended for camper vans.

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 Wye Valley

YHA Wye Valley 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 Wye Valley

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 Wye Valley

Choose from our tasty daily specials or delve into our café-bar style menu experience, think scrumptious bar snacks, trendy English tapas and loaded stone-baked pizzas. Vegan and vegetarian options also available. Don’t forget, kids under 10 eat free – get one kid’s meal free with every adult’s meal. 

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Supper Club

Supper Club at YHA Wye Valley

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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  • Basic food shop
  • Cot available
  • Cycle store
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden / grounds


  • Drying room
  • Laundry
  • Lounge


  • Board games
  • Games room
  • Library/Quiet room
  • TV

Accommodation options

  • Private rooms available
  • Camping and Cabins

Food & drink

  • Dining room
  • Group catering available
  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen (currently closed)

Transportation & parking

  • Parking

Other YHA products

  • Trade bookings
  • YHA Exclusive Hire
  • YHA School Trips

Need to know

Check in: 17.00 - 22.00

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.

Parking: YHA Wye Valley has free parking on site. The hostel is situated 1.5 miles from the nearest village and the wonderful, unique location of the place is part of its alluring charm. Please be aware that it can only be reached by a single track lane, the last 800 metres of which are narrow and steep with a sharp bend and an uneven road surface. It is accessible to all cars, vans and minibuses but coaches and larger vehicles will need to arrange alternative drop off points direct with the hostel.

Open every day?: From 1st March to 31st October YHA Wye Valley is open during weekends and school holidays for families and individual travellers. From Monday - Thursday the hostel is open for group bookings. From 1st November until 28th February YHA Wye Valley is open for group bookings and YHA Exclusive Hire. Beds and rooms may become available three months prior to the travelling date so please check the website for more information.

Pets: Dogs can stay on our campsite and in our bell tents. There is a £5 charge per dog per night for our bell tent accommodation which is payable upon arrival. You can bring your dog for free if you are camping in your own tent. Pets are not permitted in the hostel accommodation at YHA Wye Valley however, assistance dogs are welcome throughout, please advise upon booking.

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

YHA Wye Valley - Access Statement

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YHA Wye Valley

Map references

OS Map: 162

OS Grid Ref: SO591177

Lat/Lng: 51.856629, -2.594785

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9666

Email: [email protected]

YHA Exclusive Hire

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

YHA School Trips

YHA Wye Valley is a brilliant place to visit for an active, outdoor education-led school trip. Set in the centre of 25 acres of land on the banks of the River Wye, this hostel is primed for activity breaks - it even has its own canoe landing station! The hostel has room for up to 78 people, provides meals, a library and a lounge.

Visit the YHA School Trips website for more information.


We are very grateful for all of the help and support that our generous volunteers give to YHA. We are proud of our “Investors in Volunteering” accreditation and have a wide range of opportunities available across the country, all of which will provide great learning or social experiences and help us to create even more opportunities for young people.

Volunteering is a great way to meet people, visit new places, gain experiences and have fun. Full details of all of our various volunteering programmes can be found on the Volunteering website.

At YHA Wye Valley we offer the following volunteering opportunities subject to availability:

Please contact [email protected] or call 01629 592562 for more information.

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