Whitby Youth Hostel, North Yorkshire


Whitby youth hostel is located in a magnificent setting and must rank as one of the most stunning locations for a youth hostel in England and Wales. The newly renovated and refurbished hostel sits on top of the East Cliff in Whitby, adjacent to the Abbey and just behind St Mary's Church and graveyard, from which Bram Stoker drew the names of some of his characters in Dracula.

Having stayed in the old Whitby youth hostel several years ago, I remember its fantastic position and walking down (and up) the 199 steps to the pub, however the new Whitby youth hostel which opened in 2007 (partially funded by Heritage Lottery Fund money) is quite spectacular inside as well. Housed in an historic building, the interior of the hostel is smart and modern and there are excellent facilities. There is a decent size self-catering kitchen, a restaurant / cafe and a couple of lounges. As it was a lovely evening on our visit we were able to sit out in the garden and enjoy the sweeping views over the Esk estuary and look out over Whitby harbour.

Whitby youth hostel can accommodate up to 100 people so is ideal for groups, families or individuals. There are various room sizes ranging from 2-6 beds or a dormitory sleeping 10. Our room for four was very spacious and had ensuite facilities comprising of a shower and toilet, and it was great to wake up to the magnificent view of the Abbey out of our window. One of the rooms even has a bath. Prices are from £13.95 per night per person including breakfast.

Whitby youth hostel has all the facilities you could possibly need including a games room with pool table, a TV room and a meeting room which would be useful with school groups. As with many youth hostels there is a laundry and drying room as well as a lockable bike store. It is licensed so sells a range of beers and organic wines. Towels can be hired for 75p a night if you forget yours or are cycling and keeping your luggage to a minimum.

The hostel buffet-style breakfast offered an extensive choice of cereals, fruit, traditional English breakfast, Continental breakfast and toast with jam. There were fruit juices, teas and coffees available and you can just help yourself. As we were setting off cycling we really appreciated being able to fill up ourselves up with the excellent breakfast.

If you are staying at Whitby youth hostel there is so much to do nearby that you will not be bored. As well as visiting the local attractions of the Abbey, Captain Cook Museum, the RNLI museum or the Dracula Experience, there are lovely coastal walks in either direction along the coast or inland on the North York Moors. Cycling is another option and if you didn't bring your own then bikes can be hired from Trailways cycle hire in Hawsker to ride along the traffic-free cycle route to Robin Hood's Bay and Ravenscar. If you have your own bike you can cycle all the way to Scarborough along the disused railway track.

Whitby youth hostel is a great place to stay for individuals, couples, families or groups and if you haven't stayed in a hostel before or have memories of spartan hostels in your youth then you will be pleasantly surprised. For further information or to make an online booking see www.yha.org.uk or telephone 0870 770 6088.

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1 Response to Whitby Youth Hostel, North Yorkshire

Ilona Says:
January 26th, 2012 at 11:32 AM

I have just had two nights at this hostel. I must say it is in a fantastic location, and has all the facilities you need to make a thoroughly enjoyable holiday.