Camping pods at YHA Grinton Lodge

Camping, Glamping and Cabins: Staycations with YHA

YHA (England and Wales) is making the most of its locations and invested £1 million in camping, glamping and cabin facilities at 63 of its Youth Hostels.

Already known for its 160-strong network of Youth Hostels across England and Wales, the investment in camping and cabin facilities is designed to make YHA even more accessible to people and capitalise further on the increase in Staycations in the UK.

According to VisitEngland, foreign trips and holidays are 16% lower than they were before the recession and there has been a 15% increase* in families taking glamping holidays over the last year.

Last year the camping pods in the grounds of YHA South Downs were endorsed by Her Majesty the Queen who toured them as part of a visit to the £5 million Youth Hostel.

As well as camping pods, YHA offers an unrivalled range of alternative accommodation at its properties, including:


Six-sided timber cabins available at YHA Canterbury and YHA Hawkshead that evoke images of The Shire. These fully insulated cabins sleep four to five people and boast double glazed windows, a double bed with a single over the top and a set of bunk beds. The cabin at YHA Canterbury even comes in a deluxe en suite bathroom option. Prices from £75 per night.

Camping Pods

Available at seven locations, YHA’s camping pods sleep up to four adults and have electrical sockets, radiators, and a small decking area for disposable BBQs. For a bit more camping luxury, however, the Large Pod Deluxe comes with bedding, a wet room with WC and shower, double bed and double sofa bed as well as a kitchenette area with fridge, sink, kettle, crockery and microwave. Prices from £45 per night.


Camping huts are caravan-like shelters that offer a real back-to-nature experience. They provide cosy but remote accommodation for up to seven people at two YHA locations. Although basic, the traditional wooden structures have electric lighting and heating, as well as table and chairs. Prices from £36 per night.

YHA Hawkshead
YHA Hawkshead has camping pods in its grounds.


Camping facilities are available at 31 YHAs across England and Wales. Families can pitch up their tent in the hostel grounds and get the benefits of the Youth Hostel facilities. Prices from £10 per night.


Perfect for those of you who like camping but don’t like roughing it, YHA’s solar powered luxury bell tents are available at six YHAs in the south west. The bell tents come fully kitted out with bedding and are furnished with basics like bean bags, a double bed with three singles; suitable for a comfortable night’s sleep under the stars. Prices from £70 per night.

Camping Barns

YHA’s camping barns or ‘stone tents’, offer a more substantial shelter from the elements than a tent. Families and large groups can enjoy the remote, minimal nature of camping but under a sturdy roof at 18 locations across England and Wales. Prices from £8 per night.

To find out more about YHA’s Cabins and Camping, visit:

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