If you are a traveller or holiday-maker on a budget York youth hostels offer a great alternative to the more expensive hotels. Not only are they very competitively priced – staying in a hostel is a great chance to meet fellow travellers from across the world.

The Fort Boutique Hostel

1 Little Stonegate, York YO1 8AX

York Minster – 3 minute walk, The Shambles – 3 minute walk

The most central of all York youth hostels, The Fort is located just a stones throw from York Minster. Just off the historic street of Stonegate, almost everything touristy in York is just a couple of minutes walk away.

Run by the same people who own Kennedy’s – the upmarket bar beneath – The Fort is also in one of the more bustling parts of the city when it comes to nightlife in York. Rather than just providing generic hostel accommodation, they have worked with young designers to create unique individual rooms with their own distinct feel and style.

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Safestay York

88-90 Micklegate, York YO1 6JX

Jorvik Viking Centre – 6 minute walk, Cliffords Tower – 8 minute walk

Just around the corner from the station in a converted Georgian townhouse, Safestay hostel in York combines eighteenth century style with a bright contemporary colour-scheme – one of the smartest looking hostels I’ve ever seen.

The rooms are dormitory style – as you would expect in accommodation of this sort – with the addition of curtains to add a degree of privacy. There is a licensed bar downstairs (plus pool table), a couple of lounge zones and a kitchen too. Micklegate is very much back on its feet after the recession and there are some very nice places to eat and drink nearby.

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YHA York

Water End, York YO30 6LP

York Minster – 15 minute walk, Merchant Adventurers Hall – 20 minute walk

This well-presented modern York youth hostel is a clean, comfortable place to stay for travellers on a budget – the equal of anything you find on the continent. YHA York offers both dormitory accommodation and family rooms (which have bunkbeds in them as well), self-catering kitchen, games room and a 24 hour café bar.

There’s plenty of car and coach parking, a bike store and free WiFi throughout. It’s a little bit out of the city centre, however the transport links are good and the walk along the river into town is very pleasant.

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Looking for to stay in the heart of the city, close to all the attractions? Have a look at our selection of the best city centre hotels in York.