About YHA York

Packages and bolt-ons available here

Multi-million pound makeover in 2013

Ideal for history lovers, this superbly-equipped hostel offers a brilliant ideal groups base in the fabulous city of York. A short fifteen-minute walk from the river and train station, and located in the leafy superb of Clifton, the hostel comes complete with 45 rooms, 203 beds and all the facilities to make a great base for groups of all ages, including 2 classrooms, a games room and social spaces with free Wi-Fi.

The hostel offers full and half board options, a dedicated groups dining area, and a menu catering for all tastes, and groups can ensure satisfaction by pre-ordering. The hostel can be easily segmented to provide secure wings or areas that can be used solely for individual groups. The hostel is staffed 24 hours a day ensuring the security of our guests, and there will always be someone on hand should you need them. To make things easy for our larger groups the hostel has ample parking for coaches.

For primary school groups is there a better city to visit than York? Travel in time at the Jorvik Viking Centre, ride on rockets at the National Railway Museum, or be inspired by the beautiful York Minster. There are so many different attractions to visit, all easily accessible on foot. The city centre is just a mile away along a traffic free riverside walk, making YHA York a great base to lead your own school residential. Or why not draw on our extensive knowledge of this beautiful city and let us provide you with one of our YHA led History and Discovery packages? Each day will include a visit to one of York’s famous attractions followed up with afternoon and evening activities and workshops based on your day’s adventure back at the hostel. Think Viking pancakes, stained glass workshops and fully functioning siege engines!

Our package is great for groups wanting to explore York through the ages and makes a great local history study, tracing several aspects of national history before and after 1066. Or you could just focus on the Vikings with trips to the Jorvik centre or DIG: an archaeological adventure, followed up by building Viking long ships back at the hostel.

With free wifi, a games room, 2 classrooms equipped with whiteboards, Projectors and AV equipment, and team building workshops available for all age groups, YHA York is a great choice for older school groups and universities looking for group accommodation in the city. Whatever your reason for staying, you can be sure that YHA York will provide a good night’s sleep, great access to the city and plenty of space for your group to follow up work in the evening or socialise with their peers. Plus, plan your trip with peace of mind, safe in the knowledge that we have 24 hour staffing, ID checks, CCTV and other measures in place to ensure you enjoy a safe stay.

Social groups or non-education/youth groups will find York a city full of surprises and ripe for exploration, with cobbled streets and hidden snickelways, leading to all manner of quirky independent shops and eateries waiting to be discovered. You can easily spend a day simply wandering around this famous walled city, taking in a show, or cruising along the Ouse.

Get discount tickets for The Ghost Trail of York, as well as recommendations and top tips, from our friendly and knowledgeable staff. With all those activities to fit in, you’ll be glad to sit down and relax back at the hostel, with coffee and cake or a beer in our licensed bar.


  • 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
  • Classroom(s)
  • Corridor zoning
  • Meeting Rooms & Corporate Hire

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Excellent value food options are also available for lunch and dinner at this hostel.

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Visit England accredited

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

Prices from


per person per night*


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

Prices from


per person per night*


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

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