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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 York

For the foreseeable future, the following changes will likely be in operation at YHA York. 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. Drying room(s) remain closed.

  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.

  2. Indoor and outdoor seating for dining is now open at this hostel in line with Government social distancing rules. All tables and chairs are fully cleaned after use.

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 city packed with history and culture, York is a perfect city break destination for visitors to enjoy all year round. Just a 15 minute riverside walk from the city centre, YHA York is a friendly hub for a city that lives and breathes history.

From boutique shopping on cobbled streets, to the most attractions per square mile in the UK, York's thriving culture makes it a must-see location. Don't miss a trip to the JORVIK Centre or a walk through the Shambles - one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval streets.

Why guests love YHA York

  • Stylish multi-million pound refurbishment
  • Within walking distance of the city centre
  • Vibrant social areas

Accommodation at YHA York

The hostel

The hostel has 203 beds across 45 rooms. 32 of these are en–suite rooms. After a multi-million pound makeover in 2013, the hostel has everything you need for a comfortable stay in modern surroundings.

We might be rocking Viking shields in our courtyard, but you'll find 21st century Wi-Fi, high tech equipment and food around the clock in our stylish restaurant. Why not treat yourself to a tasty special, some local Black Sheep ale or cheeky tub of ice cream from the Ben & Jerry's machine? 

There is a private dining room available, three dedicated conference/education rooms with full AV equipment, a 24 hour café bar and a games room with a pool table. There is a laid back, relaxed ambience in the bar with tables, stools and easy seating available. Plug in your laptop or order a delicious meal from our menu to make the most of it.

We also have a self-catering kitchen, bike store, car and coach parking.

YHA York is a very busy family friendly hostel, and is often full, so do book early.


Food and drink at YHA York

YHA York bar

Eat with us

Our Café & Bar provides a contemporary, relaxed and cosy atmosphere away from the bustle of this historic city. Offering a broad selection of delicious food, alongside a range of freshly made hot drinks and a well-stocked bar. Open daily to guests and passers-by, let us welcome you to rest your legs and indulge your senses after the day’s sightseeing.


Breakfast at YHA York

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 York

Choose from our tasty daily specials or delve into our café-bar style menu experience, think scrumptious bar snacks, trendy English tapas, stone-baked pizzas and piled-high burgers. 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 York

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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  • 24 hour access
  • Ambulant accessible
  • Basic food shop
  • Classroom
  • Cot available
  • Cycle store
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden / grounds
  • Wheelchair accessible


  • Drying room
  • Laundry
  • Lounge
  • Luggage store


  • Board games
  • Games room
  • TV

Accommodation options

  • Private rooms available
  • En suite rooms available
  • Disabled access 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
  • Sole use
  • Trade bookings
  • YHA School Trips

Need to know

Check in: From 17.00

Check out: Before 10.00

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

Parking: Free parking for both cars and coaches available on site.

Open every day?: Yes

Wi-Fi: Free wi-fi is available in social spaces.

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

YHA York - Access Statement

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YHA York

Map references

OS Map: 105

OS Grid Ref: SE589528

Lat/Lng: 53.968511, -1.102822

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9051

Email: [email protected]

YHA School Trips

The combination of on-site activities, spacious grounds, a handful of activity rooms and easy access to local world-class attractions makes YHA York an enviable base from which to build educational visits around the city and wider county. The hostel is able to accommodate up to 203 people, has classroom facilities and is able to provide meals. 

Visit the YHA School Trips website for more information.

Meeting rooms

At YHA York we have three meeting rooms available for hire - the Harris Room, the Seebohm Room and the Rowntree Room.

Capacity: Up to 60 delegates each in the Harris Room and Main Conference Room, and up to 20 in the Rowntree room, depending on seating configuration.
Available Equipment:
Harris Room - Projector and screen, flipchart and markers, TV/DVD, AV, whiteboard and pens, extension lead
Seebohm Room - Projector screen, TV, pinboards, flipchart
Rowntree Room - Flipchart, markers, pens, paper
Parking: Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Accessibility: The Rowntree Room located on the ground floor and has step-free access. The closest accessible WC is just off the reception lobby. The Harris Room is also on the ground floor and has step-free access via a ramp; however, the doorway is narrow. The Seebohm Room is located on the 1st floor and can only be accessed by stairs. For more information please see our access statement.
Air conditioning: Yes

Meeting rooms available from: £119


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 theVolunteering website.

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

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


Read our hostel's stylish murals to learn about more about York-based confectioners Rowntree's and see how their advertising evolved with the times. York itself is packed with attractions celebrating every era and history buffs will find it difficult to leave. Whether you want to walk on a genuine Roman floor or meet the sea monsters of prehistory, the Yorkshire Museum makes a great start to your journey. Or you can come face to face with 2000 years of villainy at the York Dungeon - a theatrical walkthrough of York's blood-thirsty history, minus any boring bits!

Trip advisor 2020 Travellers Choice award Walkers and cyclists welcome Cool Places Late Rooms Green Leaders LOtC Quality Badge

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