YHA Boswinger

Boswinger, Gorran, St Austell, Cornwall PL26 6LL


With its rural charm and coastal views, YHA Boswinger is ideally placed for your outdoor-themed trip to Cornwall. Your group can feast on the extensive array of walking, cycling and water-based activities all available from the doorstep -we are just moments by foot from the famous South West Coast Path and the Lands End to John o’ Groats cycle route. And while the tiny village of Boswinger has a remote, secluded feel, it boasts convenient proximity to many of the Duchy’s major attractions, with the Eden Project and Lost Gardens of Heligan making easy days out from the hostel.

Why Groups love YHA Boswinger

Perfect base for group walking holidays

Great for exploring quieter parts of Cornwall

Beautifully remote Cornish group accommodation

"Great" - 92%

Customer satisfaction based on 21 scores

Bed only, per person, per night* (ex VAT)
Number of beds: 40

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.

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LOtC Awarded

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Packages available at YHA Boswinger

YHA Boswinger does not currently offer packages.

Bolt-ons available at YHA Boswinger

YHA Boswinger does not currently offer bolt-ons.

Personal service

Smaller venues offering a personable service.

Self-led options

Amazing bases for self-led options

Organised packages

Organised residential packages available 

Flexible approach

Totally flexible approach to your residential


A genuine sense of place and location

Experiential learning

Experiential learning opportunities

LOtC accredited sites

70+ LOtC accredited sites

Teachers participation

Teachers encouraged to participate in all activities, helping to enhance teacher-pupil relations



  • Free Wi-Fi in communal areas
  • Drying room
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Board games
  • Cycle store
  • Garden/grounds
  • Lounge
  • YHA Exclusive Hire


  • Car parking

Food & drink:

  • Dining room
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen

How to get here

Boswinger, Gorran, St Austell, Cornwall PL26 6LL

By car:
From the A390 (St Austell) take the B3273 towards Mevagissey. After 5 miles turn right at the top of the hill and follow the signs for Gorran. After 4 miles, fork right to Boswinger (follow the brown tourist signs). The hostel is situated in Boswinger hamlet just below the Seaview International campsite.

By train:
The nearest train station is St Austell. Travel Cornwall service number 471 runs three journeys between St Austell Trinity Street (approx. 10 minutes’ walk from the railway station) to Gorran Churchtown (1 mile from the hostel) Monday – Saturday. There is no service on Sundays or Bank Holidays. Gorran Community Bus can be booked by email the night before you travel. This fantastic volunteer run service will pick you up from the hostel car park and bring you back from a range of local destinations including Mevagissey, Truro, St Austell and Plymouth. View timetable and contact details.

Alternatively, pre-book a taxi with Star Cars 01726 66636; around £20 to the hostel from St Austell.

YHA Boswinger is in an isolated, rural location and public transport is relatively limited, so please come prepared to take advantage of this beautiful area and experience life at a slower pace.

OS Map: 105
OS Grid Ref: SW991411
Latitude: 50.235406
Longitude: -4.818937
YHA Boswinger