Have you ever thought about booking a family holiday or short break with the YHA ? The YHA have a hostel in lots of cities, towns and countryside locations across England and Wales offering great accomodation for all needs – and perfect for the family.

We love camping but we are also fair weather campers so thought a break at the YHA would be a fantastic way to see the countryside but in more comfortable surroundings or when the weather can be unpredictable.

So, last weekend we  visited the YHA in Hawes, North Yorkshire.

Hawes is a small town surrounded in stunning scenery perfect for walkers, with The Pennine Way and Lady Anne’s Way both passing through the town.

The youth hostel lies just a few minutes walk from the centre of town and has such stunning views from all of the rooms. It has a communal living area with comfy chairs and settees, games and books as well as a dining area and separate kitchen for self catering. The staff were all very helpful and friendly.

hawes youth hostel

We had a family room with beds made up for six in the form of three bunks. I had a top bunk and the mattress was comfortable, if a little on the firm side (which personally I like). Your bed is made up with pillow and duvet and optional blanket which wasn’t needed as the room was lovely and warm.


 There was also a sink with mirror in the room, a small table and comfortable chair and plenty of hooks for hanging stuff as well as an electric point. Everything you need really!

The rooms don’t have ensuite facilities which is common for countryside based hostels but our room was just opposite the ladies’ washroom and toilets which was very handy. The toilets and showers were basic but clean and there was plenty of hot water.

On our second evening we decided to try out the Supper Club which was £8.50 per adult with children under 10 eating free. When we booked this we didn’t know what the menu would be but it was a rather yummy offering and great quality – the kids ate every last bit (as did we!). It was really nice to sit with others in the hostel and chat about what they had been doing that day.


We had a brilliant break in the area; playing dominos in the local pub, learning about cheese making, visiting the waterfalls the area is famous for and having lots of family fun and would definitely recommend the YHA as a cost effective family break choice!



Disclosure: We received two complimentary nights accommodation in a family room at the hostel (would normally have cost £138 in total) in return for writing this post but all views expressed are our own unbiased. 

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  1. […] Hawes is located in the Yorkshire Dales and is basic and functional, designed for walkers. […]

  2. Jaime Oliver says:

    I love YHA! we keep meaning to go as a family .. we will get there one day

  3. Globalmouse says:

    We are massive YHA fans and love what they do. This one looks great and I love your photos.

  4. ah we love YHA’s! we used to go all the time growing up! x

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