Best Swanage hostels

Top tips for finding the perfect Swanage hostel

  • Many people go to Swanage for the town’s restaurants, shops, seaside flair, and proximity to fantastic coastal walking routes. Staying in a hostel in Swanage can be a great way to benefit from the town’s friendly atmosphere and to indulge in all these attractions. Hostels here traditionally offer facilities such as communal areas for meeting other travelers, card and board games to while away the evening with, laundry and drying facilities, and packed lunches for daytime excursions. Aside from this, they are an inexpensive alternative to the town’s boutique hotels and guesthouses.
  • Although there are not many hostels in Swanage to choose from, the ones that do exist are very centrally located. Being in the center of town is an advantage for travelers choosing to arrive by rail, and this also means that guests will be around five minutes walking distance from the local beach. Most shops, bars, and restaurants are in the town center, and popular walking routes along the Jurassic Coast can be accessed on foot or within a 5-10 min drive.
  • Groups of friends or families looking for a hostel in Swanage will find themselves well served by the YHA Swanage – Hostel. Set in a restored Victorian mansion, the hostel offers rooms with bunk beds in varying combinations, ranging from two to six beds. Triple rooms with private bathrooms offer one full bed and one twin bed — perfect for small families—while some dormitories contain up to six adult-sized bunk beds. Groups (up to a maximum of 16) can also make use of the large tables in the community kitchen and will enjoy playing games in the wood-paneled lounge area.
  • Female travelers looking for a bed in a hostel need not worry: YHA Swanage – Hostel has the option of booking a space in a female-only dorm room. In addition, the area surrounding the hostel is considered to be safe for independent travelers.

Where to stay in Swanage?

Our map will help you find the perfect place to stay in Swanage by showing you the exact location of each hostel.