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The green hillsides of the Cotswold Way

Hostel Accommodation

Cirencester - Cricklade

YHA Cotswolds
New Brewery Arts, Brewery Court, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1JH
Tel: 01285 657181
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Newly opened in April 2016, The Barrel Store at New Brewery Arts offers stylish, affordable visitor accommodation in the heart of the Cotswolds. New Brewery Arts is a centre for craft, and The Barrel Store shares our passion for craft, with beautifully designed and hand-crafted furnishings throughout. Guests can take part in our wide range of craft workshops, or simply spend time in Cirencester and the Cotswolds (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).

A former brewery warehouse, this hostel has been sympathetically restored to offer relaxed, stylish surroundings, ideal for a budget UK break or weekend away. It comprises 43 beds including:

  • 2 bed bunk rooms (private toilet and sink)
  • 3 bed family rooms (private en-suite single over double)
  • 4 bed bunk rooms (private en -suite)
  • 1 x double bed (private en-suite)
  • 1 x single room (private en –suite and accessible for guests with additional mobility needs)
  • 4 bed male dorm (private en- suite)
  • 4 bed female dorm (private en- suite)
  • The ground floor rooms and lounge are fully accessible, and we have facilities for those with wheelchairs. We have an accessible room for guests with additional mobility needs.

It is also possible to book adjoining rooms for families or groups.

Within YHA Cotswolds we have a communal kitchen and lounge where you are welcome to cook, eat and relax (open 5pm – 9am weekdays and weekends).

Just next door is the very popular New Brewery arts café, open from 9.00am serving a delicious breakfast, great coffees and hot drinks, scrummy cakes and cream teas as well as a selection of special lunches, sandwiches, salads and soups. The café is open to the public as well as guests.

Cirencester is also well served with cafes, pubs and restaurants.

The hostel building was originally built as a barrel warehouse for the adjoining Cirencester Brewery that closed in the 1930s. When the Brewery closed the building was used to build WW2 aircraft parts before becoming a town council store, it was even a theatre in the 1980s. In 1990 it became a part of New Brewery Arts, bringing the three remaining brewery buildings together as a creative hub in the town. Today New Brewery Arts offers classes and workshops in a range of contemporary and heritage crafts, and is home to a gallery as well as craft makers including glass-blowers, a potter and a stone carver.

Cirencester was the second largest town in Roman Britain, and this can be seen in the town’s amphitheatre and in the collection of the Corinium Museum. Cirencester is a thriving market town in the very heart of the Cotswolds, on the edge of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Cirencester also boasts one of the tallest hedges in the country, the 300-year-old yew hedge surrounding the Bathurst Estate is over 40 ft tall. It takes around 80 man-hours for a team of two to give the hedge its annual short, back and sides.


Tel No: 01285 657181

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Cheltenham - Birdlip

Cheltenham YMCA
6 Vittoria Walk, Cheltenham GL50 1TP, UK
Tel: 01242 524024
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YMCA Cheltenham is one of the oldest and largest independent providers of specialised accommodation in the area. 

Budget Guest Accommodation 

Welcome to Number 6 - our Grade II Listed Georgian Villa in the heart of Cheltenham. 

Ideally situated for shopping and restaurants

Offering a wide range of budget accommodation, with self-catering facilities, just a few minutes’ walk from shops, restaurants and beautiful parks, we are sure that our charming, historic building will quickly become a firm favourite with visitors to Cheltenham’s wide range of festivals and sporting events.

Variety of rooms

With a variety of rooms available - singles, twins, triples and dormitories - we are sure that you will be pleasantly surprised by our facilities and the warm welcome of our Number 6 staff team.

Self-catering facilities

We have a large, well-equipped self-catering kitchen for longer term guests, with a TV and space to chat and meet up with other guests. The relaxed, friendly environment will help to make your stay at Number 6 a memorable one.

Get in touch

Contact us today for more information, and to check availability, whether you are thinking of visiting Cheltenham's famous Festival in March to watch the horse-racing, or the Jazz Festival in May, or any of the many other festivals and events that Cheltenham has to offer throughout the year.


Contact: The Manager
Tel No: 01242 524024

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Cranham - Nympsfield

YHA Slimbridge
The Wild Goose Lodge, Shepherds Patch, Slimbridge, GL2 7BP
Tel: 01453 890 275
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Slimbridge provides B&B accommodation in the heart of Gloucestershire. Our beautiful countryside location is just a short walk from Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre.

Situated near to the canal in the hamlet of Shephard’s Patch in the Severn Vale, this purpose-built lodge is situated close to Slimbridge Wetlands Centre and makes a "simple yet charming" rural retreat for those who want to enjoy all that Slimbridge has to offer in comfortable, peaceful surroundings.

We have a variety of accommodation options ranging from single, double and family rooms to dormitories which offer the best value for money. All our rooms are light, airy and spacious with super comfortable beds, thick cosy duvets and soft white towels. The peaceful surroundings at Slimbridge ensure a quiet and comfortable night’s sleep throughout the year.

There is a large dining room seating 40 people with easy access to the kitchen. We are fully licensed to sell alcohol and have a comfy lounge with wood burning stove and self-serve bean to cup coffee, comfortable sofas, bar stools and TV. We have a large games room with flat-screen TV, DVD and a pool table at 20p per play.

The garden surrounds our lodge and has benches overlooking the enclosed pond. We have a garden with picnic spaces and beautiful grounds, perfect for kids to play in.

Hire the whole place

This hostel is occasionally made available for hire on an exclusive basis. This means that you can have the place to yourself. (Manager Lives onsite in attached accommodation, terms and conditions apply) We allocate availability for exclusive use in blocks, typically up to 90 days in the future. If you are looking for space to stay with us on a normal shared basis, and can’t see any availability three months or more into the future, then this hostel may be being held for Exclusive Hire.

Registered assistance dogs are welcome at Slimbridge, however pets are not permitted.


Tel No: 01453 890 275

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Dyrham - Bath

Bath YMCA
International House, Broad Street Place, Bath, BA1 5LH
Tel: 01225 325900
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Bath YMCA has been rated at a 3*** plus hostel by Visit England for 2016/2017. We are a member of Bath Tourism Plus.

The YMCA is centrally located, just a stones throw away from all the major tourist attractions, tempting shops, sensational restaurants, Bath Rugby, pubs, clubs and award winning parks. If you want to be in the middle of it, then the YMCA is the location for you. 

The old Victorian building is at least 130 years old and overlooks the bustling Broad Street. It houses our dormitory accommodation for groups, backpackers and holiday makers. It also boasts a rather unusual mural on the grand main staircase. All guests have access to single sex bathroom facilities throughout the range of accommodation and all areas have secure access, ensuring your safety at all times. 

We do not have ensuite rooms but there are separate male and female showers and toilets that have recently been refurbished.

All our single, twin, double, triple and quad rooms deliver a higher standard of hostel room in Bath. All our house rooms are accessible by a key fob.

Staff on the 24 hour reception are nearly all locals who know Bath inside out. So we can help you plan your stay, organise and book tours or recommend a place to eat or visit. We will let you know what's on, where's in and what to avoid and what's unmissable in Bath. 

Guests at the YMCA also benefit from access to our fantastic health and fitness centre (at a discounted rate), with a great gym, a wicked range of classes for those of you who want to sweat, tone or relax, sunbeds and the friendliest gym staff you are ever likely to meet. So, if you are travelling but want to maintain your fitness programme we're the place for you. 

If you are travelling in a big group we can also offer conference facilities/meeting rooms further catering etc - just ask and we will do our best to deliver!

We can accommodate over 200 people a night, so whether you are travelling alone or in a big group; old, young or with children - we have the bed for you.

Alongside the warm welcome, we also offer: 

  • Light breakfast in the price (cereals, toast, jams, coffee, tea, juice, fruit and yoghurt)
  • Linen included in the price
  • 24 hour staffed reception
  • Free Internet access
  • Laundry facilities
  • Towel Hire
  • No lockout/curfew
  • Credit/debit cards accepted
  • Security lockers/left luggage
  • Conference facilties (charges may apply)
  • Fantastic health and fitness suite (at a discounted rate)
  • City centre location
  • Children/families very welcome
  • Bike parking
  • No smoking
  • Extra pillow in wardrobe
  • A warm welcome

We do not have a self catering kitchen although we do provide a micro wave, plates, cutlery and hot water when our restaurant is closed.

The hostel does not have a lift, if you have difficulty with stairs please let us know and we will ensure you are placed on the first floor or the room on the ground floor if available. 

If you are looking for value for money, clean accommodation, smack bang in the centre of Bath - then a warm welcome awaits you at the YMCA. 

Tip! - Saturday nights are very popular - so always try to book in advance. 

  • Check in: 2.00 pm
  • Latest check in time for dorms is 23.00
  • Check out: 10.00 am 
  • If you are arriving after 6.00 pm please ring reception 01225 325900 to let them know your arrival time. 

Contact: The Manager
Tel No: 01225 325900

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St Christophers Inns (Backpacker Hostels)
9 Green Street, Bath, BA1 2JY
Tel: 01225 481444
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St Christopher's Bath is the most central backpacker base in the city. Bath Abbey, the ancient Roman Baths, the modern-day hot spring spa and the famed Royal Crescent are all within minutes of your doorstep when you stay with us. Add to that the many boutique British shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants lining the cobbled streets of this quintessentially British city, and you're in sight-seeing heaven!

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Clean fresh bed linen provided and beds made before arrival
  • Free lockers available in the rooms only: A padlock is required. These can be bought at reception.
  • Free Wi-Fi all day
  • Free city walking tour
  • Travel and sightseeing tips at reception
  • Travel towels available to buy at reception
  • Guests receive a 25% discount on food in the bar
  • Bar and restaurant on-site

Contact: The Manager
Tel No: 01225 481444

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YHA Bath
Bathwick Hill, Bath, BA2 6LA
Tel: 0345 371 9303
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Famed for its grand Georgian architecture and hot springs, Bath is a World Heritage City of many contrasts. It also offers a vibrant nightlife and progressive counter culture to round off your experience. This backpackers hostel provides cheap accommodation for weekend city breaks close to Bath centre and offers hearty breakfasts and quality evening meals in its restaurant.

YHA Bath is a listed building and welcomes all types of guests. However, if you have a child under the age of 3 years or any other special requirement, please mention at the time of booking and we will try and move you to the most suitable room available.


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Tel No: 0345 371 9303

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