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  • Youth Hostels

    The YOUTH HOSTEL ASSOCIATION have hostels around England and Wales, including seven in London. At busy times, it is best to book in advance. But often, you may just arrive and find a room.
    There are similar associations covering hostels in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland - addresses also shown below. They offer good cheap places to stay.

    It is necessary to become a member. However, it is possible to join at the time of arrival at a hostel and pay an additional sum a night towards membership at different hostels, until the full membership has been paid. Students with an International Student Identity Card may receive a discount.

    If you are a member of the Youth Hostel Association in your own country already, then your membership covers you to stay at 5000 hostels in over 60 countries. If you expect to stay at a Youth Hostel here, join in your own country first if possible.

    It is possible to book in advance at the seven London Youth Hostels

    It is also possible to book in advance to British Youth Hostels from many city Youth Hostels in other countries.

    The Youth Hostel Association also arrange activity holidays and adventure courses in climbing, caving, canoeing, windsurfing, etc.
    You can find more information by writing to the St. Albans address below.
    Some of their literature is in different languages.

    Bristol International Student Centre
    - providing help to international students in Bristol. Web site

    For more details, look at YHA WEB pageor write to:

    Youth Hostel Association, Trevelyan House, Dimple Road, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3YN England

    SCOTTISH Youth Hostel Association, 7 Glebe Crescent, Stirling, SK8 2JA Scotland

    tel: +44 1786 451181

    fax: +44 1786 450198

    Youth Hostel Association of NORTHERN IRELAND, 22 Donegal Road, Belfast BT12 5JN, UK

    tel: +44 1232 324733

    fax: +44 1232 439699

    Irish Youth Hostel Association (An Oige), 61 Mountjoy Street, Dublin 7, Republic of Ireland

    tel: +353 18304555

    fax: +353 18305808

    Other Hostels

    There are other cheap accommodation hostels in London and other cities. Some are advertised in the British Tourist Authority 'The Guide'
    see our 'How to find more information page'

    Cheap Accommodation in the London area

    Happy Homes

    'Happy Homes' is one of London's leading bed and breakfast/accommodation agencies. They are a family-run agency that places overseas tourists and foreign language students into bed and breakfast accommodation and private family homestays in central and south-west London.

    Hostels in London

    'HostelBookers' is an online booking service offering youth hostels and cheap accommodation across London and Britain.

    Brighton holiday homes

    Brighton is the largest self-catering holiday-let company who have a range of flats and houses which can be rented for a weekend or a few months.


    'B&B' is a very cheap way to live. Around the country, thousands of houses and farms offer bed and breakfast. At busy times, it may be difficult to find a room without booking first, but at other times you can just knock on the door and find space.

    Houses and Farms

    Private homes and farms offering bed and breakfast will have a sign outside, which may read, 'Accommodation', 'Bed and Breakfast', 'B & B', or even just 'Vacancies'. Not all will accept children or dogs.

    Most towns have a Tourist Information Centre. They can help you find 'bed and breakfast' or other types of accommodation in their area. Some also offer a 'Book-a-Bed-Ahead' scheme, so that you can arrange accommodation in a new area as you travel.

    Bed and breakfast websites are included on our main page.


    Guest houses are larger than bed and breakfast houses, but smaller than hotels. They will usually be cheaper than hotels. They may sometimes offer bed and breakfast too. Expect to pay about £20-£30 a night for a guest house, depending on area, and time of year.

    Hotel prices will cost more, depending on season, and standard of accommodation. There are several websites which gives lists of hotel accommodation in Britain and Wales. Of course, being listed on a website, does not mean that they are the best, or the cheapest. Some hotels will have star ratings from the AA, RAF, or Tourist Boards.

    You will find hotels and guest houses listed in Yellow Page phone directories (your library may have some). British Tourist Authority offices around the world may keep some lists of hotels and guest houses. Tourist Information Centres around Britain will also have details.

    Below are several Hotel web listings that may help you:

    AA Guide to Hotels in Great Britain and Ireland

    Hotel Accommodation around the UK

    Birmingham NEC Hotels and Resorts

    For 8 years, we have been the leading provider of Birmingham NEC lodging and hotels. We offer a directory for a complete list of hotels near the Birmingham National Exhibition Center!

    George Hotel Norfolk

    The George Hotel - Dereham, Norfolk has been refurbished by the current owners Jean and Tony Barker. They have owned the hotel since 2003 and have gained an AA two star rating.

    Luxury and Cheap Hotels in Wales

    Here are three cheap hotels that have been recommended to us, near London Heathrow, London Gatwick, and central London. Do not expect luxury though. Price does not include meals.

    Central London:

    Hutton's Hotel, 53-57 Belgrave Road, London SW1V 2BB

    tel: +44 171 834 3726

    London Gatwick Airport:

    Skylodge Hotel, London Road, County Oak, Crawley, Sussex RH11 OPF

    tel +44 1293 544511

    London Heathrow Airport:

    Hotel Ibis, 112-114 Bath Road, Hayes, Middlesex, UB3 5AL

    Tel +44 181 759 4888


    There are motels at a number of motorway service stations. Prices for these do not usually include meals (which would be available in the motorway service area). Forte Travelodge, for example, operate a number of motels, and charge between about £35 to £50 per night, per room, depending on area of the country. Each room has one double bed, one single sofa, and one pullout bed, and can therefore take 2 adults and 2 children, or 3 adults and 1 child. For several people, this is quite cheap.

    Forte Travelodge offer a freephone booking service with UK on 0800 850 950 7am - 10 pm 7 days a week.

    Other companies offer a similar service.


    Camp and caravan sites are common in tourist areas, and will be sign-posted. Ask for the British Tourist Authority free booklet 'Camping and Caravan Parks', from the nearest BTA office to you, listed on our 'How to find more information' page.

    The UK Camping and caravanning site recommends various camping and caravanning sites.

    Try also Camping and Caravanning in the UK

    and Find the best Campsites in the UK which has several ways to search their site.

    Go Campingis a useful guide for campers, or anyone thinking of camping and contains loads of information about equipment such as tents, bedding and lights. The guide also has a useful section on where to go, camping etiquette and how to deal with nature.

    Love Camping Campsite List

    campsites are mapped out across the UK, enabling users to find campsites that are near a certain address or attraction.

    Big Free Guide Campsites

    highlights campsites in the British Isles

    Caravan site finder

    Caravan parks and Campsites in UK and Eire

    UK Campsites

    dedicated to providing the best and most up to date information on all UK Campsites & Caravan Sites in both the UK and Ireland.

    Park Holidays UK - Caravan Holidays, Touring and Camping and Static Caravans For Sale - 25 parks from Devon to Suffolk

    25 fantastic holiday parks along the south coast of England in Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Sussex, Kent, Essex and Suffolk

    Holiday Parks

    Holiday Parks4u

    includes many custormer reviews which help you to know where to stay and where to avoid!

    Campsites - Campsites and Camping

    is a new website that allows users to search through over 5,000 campsites and holiday parks in the UK and Ireland. A user-customised search engine enables users to find a campsite either by location or by choosing whatever accommodation type, activities or facilities they may need. We are proud of our in-depth search function which means camping lovers can find the perfect pitch!

    Holiday Lodges


    Holiday Cottages

    Thought for the day:

    Jesus said 'I am the way, I am the truth. I give life. No one can come to my Father unless I take him there. John chapter 15 verse 6