YHA Manchester

Potato Wharf, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4NB


YHA Manchester has state-of-the-art facilities and fab access to the city centre – why would you stay anywhere else? Whether you’re here for a science conference or indulging in our vibrant music scene, our hostel is well-equipped to welcome school trips and groups. Expect modern essentials like free Wi-Fi and 24 hour reception (always staffed), plus three meeting rooms with projectors and flipcharts for study.

Our colourful hostel sits on Potato Wharf and boasts a comfy TV room (with beanbags no less) and a stylish licensed bar to start a big night out, after which you’ll be able to enjoy access via a secure key system. If you’re peckish after all the shopping/dancing/learning, head to our bold dining room for tasty group catering including breakfast, packed lunch and dinner.

Schools and budding engineers can have a week of discovery in the Science City, with attractions like the Museum of Science and Industry on our doorstep. Sports fans will also be spoilt for choice, with iconic landmarks like Old Trafford to thrill them. There are some awesome activities nearby too – how about trying something different like windsurfing, skiing and BMX less than 10 miles away.

Why Groups love YHA Manchester

State-of-the-art facilities

"Excellent" - 90%

Customer satisfaction based on 220 scores

Bed and breakfast, per person, per night* (ex VAT)
Number of beds: 154

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 Manchester

YHA Manchester does not currently offer packages.

Bolt-ons available at YHA Manchester

YHA Manchester 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 bedrooms
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • En-suite rooms available
  • 24 hour reception
  • Ambulant accessible
  • Communal TV
  • Cycle store
  • Games room
  • Garden/grounds
  • Lounge
  • Luggage store


  • Car parking
  • Coach parking

Food & drink:

  • Dining room
  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available

Teaching facilities:

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

How to get here

Potato Wharf, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4NB

By car and coach:
The hostel is one mile from Manchester city centre. Follow the signs to Castlefield or the Museum of Science and Industry on Liverpool Road, the hostel is on Potato Wharf just off Liverpool Road.

OS Map: 109
OS Grid Ref: SJ831976
Latitude: 53.475618
Longitude: -2.257352
YHA Manchester