YHA Swanage

Cluny, Cluny Crescent, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 2BS


A grand, sea-facing Victorian villa situated just five minutes’ walk from an award-winning beach, YHA Swanage offers an incredible location for a seaside break. This well-equipped hostel is perfect for activity breaks with walking, fossil hunting, and geology activities all close by.

YHA Swanage offers modern facilities, many classrooms, onsite parking, and free Wi-Fi. Educational and other groups can benefit from the use of our open plan social areas with an oak panelled lounge and dining room, complete with comfy chairs.

For schools and groups looking for a seaside adventure, you’re in the right place. YHA Swanage is primarily used by secondary school aged groups that come to the area to do fieldwork related activities, beach profile at Swanage, fossil hunting and Geology at Kimmeridge and Durlston and then other studies around coastal processes at Studland and Old Harry’s rocks. Primary groups will have a more classic seaside residential and head down to the beach, which is easily accessible from the hostel. There is also the steam train and Corfe Castle which is also very popular.

You’ll be spoilt for choice for things to do. Swanage is a friendly, colourful seaside town with an award-winning beach, breath-taking chalk pillars of Old Harry’s Rocks, a Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, and a very English Victorian pier. YHA Swanage has everything nearby to ensure that your group has the best stay possible.

Why Groups love YHA Swanage

Minutes from a Blue Flag beach

Lovely hilltop location

Great for seaside adventures

"Excellent" - 94%

Customer satisfaction based on 357 scores

Bed and breakfast, per person, per night* (ex VAT)
Number of beds: 100

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 Swanage

YHA Swanage does not currently offer packages.

Bolt-ons available at YHA Swanage

YHA Swanage 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
  • Laundry
  • Drying room
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • En-suite rooms available
  • 24 hour reception
  • Ambulant accessible
  • Communal TV
  • Cycle store
  • Lounge
  • YHA Exclusive Hire


  • Car parking
  • Coach parking
  • Minibus parking

Food & drink:

  • Dining room
  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen

Teaching facilities:

  • Classroom(s)
  • Corridor zoning

How to get here

Cluny, Cluny Crescent, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 2BS

By car: From the town centre, turn up Stafford Road by the White Swan pub. YHA Swanage is at the top of the hill on the right. The car park is up St Vasts Road.

OS Map: 195
OS Grid Ref: SZ031785
Latitude: 50.60615
Longitude: -1.95783
YHA Swanage