About YHA York

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Multi-million pound makeover in 2013

If you love history, you’ll love a stay at YHA York. Our super-equipped hostel has all the facilities you need and makes a perfect base for school trips and groups. You can stay connected with free Wi-Fi, or socialise in our modern and stylish social areas. Why not book one of our state-of-the-art meeting rooms; complete with projector, AV equipment and whiteboard to study?

For fun educational activities (think Viking pancakes), YHA York is a great place to stay. Relax with a beer in our ambient café bar, enjoy a game of pool, or recharge for a day of discovery with tasty group catering options. Not to mention our Ben & Jerry’s ice cream machine…

We may be fully in the present, but York’s real charm lies in its amazing historical attractions. Travel in time at the Jorvik Viking Centre, see grisly scenes at the York Dungeon, or be inspired by the beautiful York Minster. YHA York is just a mile away from the city centre and all its treasures, so you can shop in the Shambles and be home in no time. We’ve even got 24 hour access for night owls.


  • Free Wi-Fi in communal areas
  • Laundry
  • Drying room
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • En-suite rooms available
  • Ambulant accessible
  • Board games
  • Communal TV
  • Cycle store
  • Games room
  • Garden/grounds
  • Lounge
  • Luggage store
  • Dining room
  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • On-site café
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Car parking
  • Coach parking
  • Good public transport links
  • Minibus parking
  • Classrooms
  • Corridor zoning
  • Meeting Rooms & Corporate Hire

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Learning Outside the Classroom

YHA is at the top of the class for educational visits. We have been awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Award at 74 of our Youth Hostels across England and Wales.

For more information about the Learning Outside the Classroom Awards, please visit the Learning Outside the Classroom website.

LOtC Awarded

YHA York has been given the LOtC award.

LOtC Award
YHA York
Pleasant staff, good sense of safety and security. Overall very happy with YHA will consider using again if group travel to UK again.
Coláiste Bhride Concert Band
YHA York
Very good place to stay with a student group.
University Of Cologne, Art History Department
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Packages available at this hostel

History at YHA York

History package

Suitable for ages 7-13

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Medieval history brought to life

Offering pupils the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the life and times of York through the ages, our flexible residentials offer on-site activities that complement the local attractions. Award winning educational attractions may include: JORVIK Centre, DIG: an Archaeological Adventure, Clifford Tower, Barley Hall, York Minster, York Dungeons, The National Railway Museum, and The Chocolate Story.


  • JORVIK Centre
  • DIG: an Archaeological Adventure
  • York Minster
  • York Dungeons
  • Runes & jumblies
  • Make like a viking
  • Roman siege engines
  • Roman legacy trail
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Discovery at YHA York

Discovery package

Suitable for ages 7-13

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Flexible programme of fun and challenges

Designed to enable teachers to create their own stay, our Discovery package offers a flexible programme of fun, challenging and memorable experiences that can be tailored to support the educational needs of your group. Great for building team work and communication skills.


  • Team challenges
  • Let's Get Cooking
  • Make a like viking
  • Shields
  • Runes
  • Stained glass
  • Archaeological timeline
  • Roman siege engine
  • Roman legacy trail
  • Launch pad
  • Orienteering
  • Local attractions such as Dig and Norvik
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Optional Bolt-on activities at YHA York

Perfect for groups looking to fill free time, our bolt-on activities can easily be added on to your YHA stay.  Available as half-day and full-day options, we offer an exciting range of activities that are designed to entertain and engage pupils of all ages and abilities.


YHA bolt-on at YHA York

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YHA bolt-on

Activities delivered by trained and experienced staff

Available at all the hostels that offer YHA packages, this bolt-on offers challenging problem solving and team building activities delivered by our very own trained and experienced staff. Activities are run on hostel grounds, meaning you don’t need to travel anywhere.


  • Team challenges
  • Shelter building
  • Archery
  • Guided walk
  • Fire lighting
  • Go create
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YHA York

Water End, Clifton, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 6LP
OS Map:105
OS Grid Ref:SE589528
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