YHA Kings

Kings, Penmaenpool, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, Gwynedd LL40 1TB


On the slopes of the Cader Idris mountain range and set in its own wooded ravine, YHA Kings offers excellent accommodation for families and groups, available throughout the year. This part of the Snowdonia National Park is a fantastic retreat for fans of outdoor pursuits, with plenty of scenery to take your breath away.

The hostel is located close to the world class mountain bike centre at Coed-y-Brenin – which is brilliant for walks and trail running. Nearby is the famous Port Meirion village and the National White Water Rafting centre near Lake Bala, a must for watersports enthusiasts.  The new attractions at Blaenau Ffestiniog including Antur Stiniog (MTB) the ‘Bounce Below’ underground trampolines and quarry zip wires are perfect for adrenalin fuelled adventures.

The hostel is the ideal base from which to summit Cader Idris and to walk, run, or cycle the popular Mawddach estuary trail, both can be accessed directly from the hostel grounds.

This 42 bed Youth Hostel has a selection of dorm rooms and private rooms, some of which are en-suite.

There is no TV or mobile phone signal at the hostel, making YHA Kings a fantastic ‘get away from it all’ location! There’s a full range of shops and amenities five miles away in Dolgellau.

Why Groups love YHA Kings

Close proximity to the National White Water Rafting Centre

Located in the Snowdonia National Park

"Excellent" - 94%

Customer satisfaction based on scores

Per person, per night* (ex VAT)
Number of beds: 42

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.

Find out more about Learning Outside the Classroom.

LOtC Awarded

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Packages available at YHA Kings

YHA Kings does not currently offer packages.

Bolt-ons available at YHA Kings

YHA Kings 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



  • Drying room
  • En-suite rooms available
  • Board games
  • Cycle store
  • Garden/grounds


  • Car parking

Food & drink:

  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen

How to get here

Kings, Penmaenpool, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, Gwynedd LL40 1TB

By car: Off the A493 Dolgellau to Tywyn road – 1 mile west of Penmaenpool, turn opposite Abergwynant Trekking Centre then 1 mile up the lane to the hostel.

OS Map: 124
OS Grid Ref: SH683161
Latitude: 52.725661
Longitude: -3.950776
YHA Kings