Independent Backpacker Hostels promoting Southwest England

llfracombeCity of PortsmouthBournemouthMorestonhamsteadExeterTorquaySt IvesNewquayBudePenzanceFalmouthCity of PlymouthCity of BristolCity of Cardiff

PlymouthFalmouthPenzanceBudeNewquaySt IvesTorquayCity of ExeterBournemouthPortsmouthCity of BristolCity of BathGlastonburyllfracombeHostels of Wales

All hostels offer a relaxed and sociable atmosphere with minimal rules, no curfew* and no membership required. We aim to make your stay friendly and fun and provide the usual facilities of dormitory bunk bed accommodation, hot showers, bed linen, laundry, heating, self-catering kitchen and communal lounge. Toutes les auberges de jeunesses WOW vous proposent une atmosphre relaxante et amicale avec un minimum de contraintes, pas de couvre-feu, et tout cela sans tre menbre. Notre but est de rendre votre sjour le plus agrable et "fun" possible tout en mettant votre disposition dortoires, douches chaudes, draps et couvertures, machines laver, chauffage, cuisines et salons collectifs. Alle WOW-Herbergen bieten dir eine entspannte und freundliche Atmosphre, ohne Ausgeheinschrnkungen. Um deinen Aufenthalt bei uns so angenehm wie mglich zu gestalten, bieten wir dir bernachtungen in Gemeinschaftsrumen und Etagenbetten, warme Duschen, Bettzeug,  die Mglichkeit deine Kleider zu waschen, eine Kche mit dem ntigen Equipment und einen Gemeinschaftsraum. Mitgliedschaft ist nicht erforderlich. Tutti gli alberghi WOW offrono un atmosfera rilassante e amichevole, senza tante regole e senza coprifuoco.  Per rendere il tuo soggiorno pi rilassante e divertente provvediamo i servizi abituali, tali come la sistemazione in letti a castello, docce calde, biancheria, servizio lavanderia, riscaldamento, cucina in comune e un salotto. Todos los Hostels de Wow ofrecen uan atmosfera relajada y sociable con pocas reglas que cumplir, sin horarios de entrada y salida y sin ser necesario hacerse miembro. Te invitamos a pasarlo bien y te proveemos de los servicios mas habituales tales como literas, duchas de agua caliente, sabanas limpias, lavanderia, calefaccion y cocina para uso propio.

For extra facilities provided by individual hostels refer to the following key.

=Free Parking
=Private Rooms
:=Internet Access
(01)=beds available

Pour connatre plus prcisment ce que vous proposent les diffrentes hauberges de jeunesses, rfrez-vous aux sigles ci-dessous.

=Parking gratuit
=Chambres individuelles
:=Accs internet
(01)=Capacits dhebergement

Fr Sonderausstattung einzelner Herbergen  siehe folgende  Symbole.

=kostenlose Parkpltze
(01)=Betten verfgbar

Per ulteriori servizi forniti da altri ostelli vedere le voci sotto.

=Parcheggio gratuito 
=Camere private
:=Accesso a internet
=Ristorante/ Cafeteria
(01)=Letti disponibili

Para servicios extraordinarios de los hostels individualmente mirar la leyenda del mapa.

=Aparcamiento gratuito
=Habitaciones privadas
:=Acceso a internet
(01)=Camas Disponibles


WOW Backpacking Hostels


Cardiff Backpacker
98 Neville Street
CF11 6LS
Tel 02920 345577
(72 :)
Bristol Backpackers 
17 Saint Stephen's Street
Old City, The Centre
Tel (0117) 925 7900
"Vibrant, cosmopolitan and culturally rich" best describe this regional capital of Southwest England. Celebrated historical achievements are still clearly visible and blend gracefully with the many Bristol based world class organisations. A beautiful and friendly city with some of the best nightlife, entertainment, jobs and attractions Britain has to offer.
More than just a regional capital the city is home to Massive Attack, Portishead, The Chicken Run, Robinson Crusoe, Blackbeard, Clifton Suspension Bridge, Concorde, 2 massive universities, 6 major free festivals a year, free modern art galleries, free museums, celebrated maritime exhibitions, 2 cathedrals, pictu
resque inland harbour side and waterfront, woodlands, canals, gorges, cliffs and hilly parkland walks all within the city.
Bristol has easy access to Bath, Wells, Cheddar and Glastonbury by local bus or bike and is surrounded by the classic English countryside of the Mendip and Cotswold Hills.
The award winning friendly, secure and comfortable backpackers hostel caters for both the short stay visitor and many of those that end up staying much longer. Bristol has excellent all year employment opportunities for those wishing to help finance their trip around Europe or just improve their English.
Full Moon Backpackers
Stokes Croft,
Tel 0117 9245 007
Fax 0117 9245 017

(80 :)
Awaiting details  
Glastonbury Backpackers
Crown Hotel
Market Place
Tel (01458) 833 353

(40 :)
Glastonbury Backpackers is situated in the historic Crown Hotel, a 16th-century coaching inn set in the heart of Glastonbury. It's a unique, vibrant and colourful place to stay whether for one night or longer. With easy access to all the local attractions and the surrounding countryside According to Arthurian legend, Glastonbury, or the Isle of Avalon as it was formerly known, is the burial place of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere. The ancient town of Glastonbury is shrouded in legend and myth. It reputedly hosts the first Christian Church, founded by Joseph of Arimathea, who is said to have buried the Holy Grail at the foot of the Tor (a 526ft-high hill which still dominates the landscape today). More recently, the town has become famous for its religious and cultural festivals and events, most notably at Glastonbury Abbey and, of course, the famous Glastonbury Music Festival held every year just outside the town. The town centre itself boasts many shops and restaurants, all with the unique style and atmosphere that is Glastonbury.
Ocean Backpackers
29 St. James Place
EX34 9BJ

Tel (01271) 867 835
(38 :)
Situated in Ilfracombe, a quant North Devon town build around an ancient Victorian fishing port, we are central not only to the harbour but also the bus station, high street, cliffs, pubs, caf'es and many beatiful sandy beaches including surfers favourites:Croyde, Saunton and Woolacombe. If the surfs down dont despair, just try one of the other activities available locally including qaud biking, karting, paintballing, absailing, adventure swimming, kayaking, zorbing, microlighting and mountain biking. If adrenalin is not your thing then visit the scenic Exmoor National Park which includes some of Britains best coastal paths or take a trip to Lundy Island where rare birds, seals, basking sharks, dolphins and whales can be spotted. Feel like doing nothing then relax amongst friends in our award winning restaurant and licensed bar! Extra facilities available include; Surfboard storage, wet suit drying area and pub size Jenga!
northshorebude Backpackers Hotel
57 Killerton Road
EX23 8EW
Tel (01288) 354256

(42 :)
Welcoming and relaxed. Your visit to Cornwall can be whatever you want it to be. Visit the famous and beautiful landmarks, get out and cycle some of the most amazing countryside. Try the local water sports or just relax. "We have taken the best bits from our backpacking experiences and put them into northshore ... come and see!" Bude offers; A huge tide pool, great surfing waves and long sandy beaches. We have award winning restaurants, chilled out bars, great pubs and two clubs. Bude has it's own Castle, Canal, Museum and Galleries. There is an indoor pool as well as a Leisure Centre and Ten Pin Bowling. The South West Coastal Path passes through Bude With its breathtaking views. Make northshorebude your base for a varied site seeing trip or stay for a while before moving onto another of the wonderful hostels in the Way Out West Group.
Matt's Surf Lodge
110 Mount Wise
Tel (01637) 874 651
(51 :)
Newquay Backpackers
69-71-73 Tower Road
Tel/Fax (01637) 879 366
(60 :)

This small and friendly backpackers hostel close to all amenities, is in its 11th year now, and going from strength to strength, new for this summer is a Sauna, and some new discounts around Newquay when you stay, Full use of the Backpackers Bar at "The Zone" Bar-be-ques, trips, we do our best to make your stay enjoyable, Shuttle to St.Ives Backpackers Doubles, Twins, and Dorms, special internal room for surfboards and wetsuits. "Come as a guest, leave as a friend"

St Ives Backpackers
Lower Stennack
Town Centre
St Ives
TR26 1SG
Tel/Fax (01736) 799 444
(80 :)
St.Ives Backpackers, situated in the town centre of the beautiful and charismatic town of St.Ives, is located in a huge old Weslyan School, Minutes from Surf beaches, Tate Gallery, The harbour, and all the beautiful scenary that Cornwall has to offer. the hostel, has around 75 beds, (doubles, twins, 4/5/6/8 bed dorms) a large kitchen, an internal courtyard (Playground) The lounge was the assembly hall! (Big and comfortable) The local restaurants are fantastic, we get local discounts when staying, visit us via "Roadtrip" ( ) they do a tour every week during the summer from london. or make your own way down and have an unforgettable break!
ZENNOR (near St Ives)
Old Chapel Backpackers
St Ives
TR26 3BY
Tel (01736) 798 307
(32 )
Penzance Backpackers
The Blue Dolphin
Alexandra Road
TR18 4LZ
Tel (01736) 363 836
Falmouth Lodge Backpackers
9 Gyllyngvase Terrace
TR11 4DL
Tel (01326) 319 996
Mobile 07525 722 808

(20 :)
Falmouth's beautiful natural harbour, provides a picturesque background to the main street of charming shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs; a good opportunity to sample Cornish cream teas, pasties, local seafood and real ales. Falmouth is and ideal location to explore S. W. Cornwall. Lands End, The Lizard, Penzance, St Ives, Newquay, Eden Project are within an hour by car. Falmouth is renowned for its sandy beaches, Pendennis Castle, exotic gardens, the Falmouth Arts Centre. For a variety of entertainment go to the Princess Pavilion and pick up bargains at the frequent antique fairs, flea markets and farmer's market held there. Go sightseeing on passenger ferries to St. Mawes, Truro, Flushing and the Helford Passage. On a rainy day visit Ships and Castle leisure pool and the new National Maritime Museum. Take advantage of watersports, fishing trips, sailing and diving with tuition and equipment hire.
Falmouth Lodge Backpackers is conveniently situated next to Princess Pavilion 100 metres from main beach and coastal footpath and minutes to town, harbour and castle. Relax in this owner managed, friendly, clean, homely, Hostel. Accommodation consists of single, double and family rooms as well as dorm beds - some sea views. Prices start from £19 per night and include a simple complimentary breakfast. Guests have use of the well-equipped kitchen and comfortable lounge with TV/DVD and games; Free Wifi and Internet facilities; free parking and no curfew.
Globe Backpackers, Plymouth
172 Citadel Road
The Hoe
Tel (01752) 225158

(50 )

Globe Backpackers has recently opened its second backpacker hostel in South West England. Excellently positioned in the historic city of Plymouth, the hostel is housed in a wonderful grand four-storey Victorian town house built in 1830. Since buying Plymouth Backpackers, we have painted and carpeted from top to bottom and improved other amenties including increasing the shower facilities throughout the building. We offer a top quality hostel with homely and friendly environment - this is the kind of place where youll come for the night and stay for the week! The hostel is on the Citadel Road which is just off The Hoe where Sir Francis Drake famously spotted the approaching Armada. A 10 minute walk from the ferry port and just 5 minutes walk to The Barbican; the ancient cobbled heart of Plymouth filled with a great mix of pubs, bars and exciting eateries! Around the corner are the Mayflower Steps commemorating the sailing of the Mayflower, which took the Pilgrim Fathers to the New World. Plymouth is also the home of the National Marine Aquarium and boasts Europe's deepest tank with resident robotic shark. Theres plenty of art and culture - not to mention a gin tasting tour of Winston Churchills favourite gin distillery! You can pop onto Dartmoor, or its a simply skip across Brunels Bridge into Cornwall! Globe Backpackers - The Essence of Backpacking! or email:


Sparrowhawk Backpackers
45 Ford Street
Tel (01647) 440318

(18 )
Torquay Backpackers
119 Abbey Road
Tel (01803) 299 924
Fax (01803) 213479
(46 )
A holiday resort without the "tack"! If you are looking for arcades and piers you may be disappointed! Victorian architecture still dominates the town dating back to when the resort was born.
The English Riviera benefits from the mildest climate on the British mainland. On a balmy summers night, sitting out around the harbour there is almost mediterranean atmosphere.
Globe Backpackers
71 Holloway Street
Tel (01392) 215 521
Fax (01392) 215 531
(57 :)
Only 2.5 hours by train from London Paddington or 4.5hours by National Express. Exeter is one of the oldest cities in the country, and Capital of Devon. William The Conqueror built Rougemont Castle here in 1067. Come and see Shakespeare in the Gardens of Rougemont July/August. Exeter is also a Cathedral and University City. The Cathedral dates from 1100s and has the longest vaulted nave in the World! Our Medieval quarter boasts the longest remaining medieval bridge ruins in the country. Exeter is 15 minutes by car/bus to Dartmoor National Park. One of the few remaining areas of largely unspoilt, uncultivated and untamed country left in the south of England. Devon has some absolutely fabulous coastline, and Exeter is spitting distance from a number of beautiful beaches. Our coastline offers the best shipwreck diving in the country. The region is great for walking, mountain biking, horse-riding, white water kayaking, rock climbing, abseiling, caving and windsurfing. Exeter Festival - Art & Culture festival Bishopstock Blues Festival Sidmouth Music and Dance Festival . The Cavern Club, has discovered a number of bands - most recently Hundred Reasons! Bands are regular guests at Globe Backpackers. Great student clubs and pubs from Walkabout to age old drinking holes of Sir Francis Drake and Charles Dickens. The Double Locks - gorgeous canal-side pub with good beer, good food and excellent vibe. Globe Backpackers offers a friendly, clean and safe stay - centrally located to town, Cathedral and waterfront. You won't want to leave!
Bournemouth Backpackers
3 Frances Road
Tel/Fax (01202) 299 491
(26 )
Bournemouth Backpackers is located in a quiet street close to the centre of the town from which it takes its name. Bournemouth (and it's close neighbour Poole) is in the middle of the sunny South Coast and is one the UK's leading seaside resorts with miles of clean, sandy beaches and one of the world's largest natural harbours - offering a wide variety of watersports. The town has a relaxed atmosphere, great nightlife, top English language schools and lots of work.
Bournemouth is a great base for exploring the surrounding countryside. The spectacular (World Heritage Listed) Jurassic Coast begins nearby in Purbeck: a beautiful and historic area, with the pretty resort of Swanage, ancient pubs and the ruins of the medieval Corfe Castle. To the east of Bournemouth lies the New Forest with its famous ponies.
There are excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and mainland Europe. We have an International Airport and ferry terminal, as well as direct rail and bus services to London and other services to the rest of the UK. The backpackers is less than 5 minutes walk from Travel Interchange (train/bus station) and is walkable from the beach, town centre, nightlife, internet cafes and several language schools.

Portsmouth & Southsea Backpackers
4 Florence Road
Tel/Fax (023) 928 32495

(50 :)



Southwest England Tour Companies
Mad Max Tours
Tours from Bath to Stonehenge, Avebury, Lacock, Castle Combe and The Cotswolds.



Coach/Bus Companies serving Southwest England
Mega Bus
Serving Bristol, Bournemouth and Exeter from London
National Express coach network for the UK.
Book and purchase your tickets online.


Airlines serving Southwest England

Budget Airline with genuine low prices between:
Fly direct to Bristol from:
Spain (Alicante / Barcelona / Faro / Malaga / Palma Mallorca)
France (Nice)
Northern Ireland (Belfast)
Scotland (Edinburgh / Glasgow)
Czech Republic (Prague)
Italy (Venice)

Online and telephone bookings only

Budget Airline with genuine low prices between:
Serving Bristol from Bordeaux(BOD), Paris Charles De Gaulle(CDG), Toulouse(TLS), Belfast(BHD), Bergerac(EGC), Isle of Man(IOM), Jersey(JER)

Serving Exeter from Alicante(ALC), Belfast(BHD), Dublin(DUB), Edinburgh(EDI), Faro(FAO), Glasgow(GLA), Jersey(JER), Malaga(AGP)

Budget Airline with genuine low prices between:
Fly direct to Bristol from Ireland (Dublin)
Fly direct to Bournemouth from Ireland (Dublin)
Fly direct to
Newquay from London (Stanstead)

Online and telephone bookings only

British Airways have started to offer excellent deals to Bristol Internationl Airport (BRS) from UK and European destinations.


Companies serving backpacker travellers

Tours of England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Europe

"Wild In Scotland" Tours
Tours of the Scottish Highlands and Islands in 16 seater minibus for young independent travellers.
Anywork Anywhere advertise thousands of Job Vacancies throughout the year, on behalf of individuals, companies and recruitment agencies, in the United Kingdom and Worldwide.
Help for backpackers, travellers & visitors coming to the UK

For: accounting, shipping, tax refunds, jobs and mobiles phones


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