YHA Alnwick (Youth Hostels Association)

Alnwick, Northumberland, United Kingdom








Due to the coronavirus pandemic our hostels are unavailable for bookings until 17th July 2020. If you are able to donate to support YHA’s charitable work at this difficult time, we’d be very grateful. Support YHA

We are offering our hostels to the NHS, homeless organisations and public sector services. For support please email [email protected]

Please note: All prices are based on hiring the whole place per night.

Located in the centre of the historic market town of Alnwick, this property is ideal for a visit to the historic Alnwick Castle, the medieval home of the Dukes of Northumberland and, more recently, the setting of the Harry Potter films where it had a starring role as Hogwarts School. Amaze the kids as you take them to where Harry, Ron and Hermione first donned their robes and took part in their lessons, YHA Alnwick is ideal for large family holidays.

Next to the castle is the beautiful Alnwick Gardens, recently created by the Duchess of Northumberland. During spring and summer, this is an outdoor treat not to be missed. Marvel at the water features, step into the poison garden and have your lunch in one of the world’s largest tree houses.

The lovely Hulne Park and Barter Books, probably the largest second hand bookshop in the country, are also not to be missed when visiting the area.

The building used to be the town’s Court House and was built in 1856 so is steeped in the history of the area. Although the accommodation itself is very modern with clean lines and bright décor throughout, it still retains some of its original features including the old exercise yard which once belonged to the now long gone Correction House.

The Youth Hostel, opened by the Queen in June 2011, comprises two older cottages which acted as the town’s police station from the 19th century. Now fitted out with en-suite rooms and a modern dining room extension the hostel provides 21st century comfort.

Just 15 minutes away by car are the endless sandy beaches of the Northumberland coast with breath-taking views of Dunstanburgh, Warkworth and Bamburgh Castles, as well as havens for wildlife like Holy Island and the Farne Isles.

The self-catering kitchen contains domestic size ovens, microwave, fridges (one with a freezer), kettles, toaster and a range of kitchen equipment, crockery and cutlery for 46 people. Tea towels are provided.

There are 30 beds arranged in 1 x double, 2×2, 3×4, 1×4/5 (double with single above), 2×6 bedrooms. All rooms are en suite. All bed linen is provided. Ground floor rooms available by arrangement.

A long stay public car park is available to the rear of the Job Centre, next door to the hostel. There is currently no charge to use this car park. Coach parking is availble at Greenwell Road.

Dining Room/Lounge
There is a large dining room with seating for 46 and a separate lounge with four sofas and additional seating. There is also a flat screen TV and DVD player, with a selection of DVDs.

Games room
A separate games lounge has a wall mounted flat screen TV, pool table and table foosball, along with a selection of games and books.

In the area
Alnwick is home to the Duke of Northumberland and Alnwick Castle, the setting for scenes from Harry Potter and from Blackadder. Further afield there is coastal walking aplenty, with some magnificent stretches of deserted sandy beaches, the majestic Cheviot Hills and more castles than you can shake a stick at. Holy Island, Bamburgh Castle, Seahouses and the Farne Islands, Cragside House and Woodhorn, Newcastle and Gateshead are all close by.

Guide dogs are welcome at YHA Alnwick. Unfortunately, pets are not permitted.



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Alnwick, Northumberland, United Kingdom
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