Independent Hostels UK
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Independent Hostels UK is the UK's official network of independently managed bunkhouses, hostels, backpackers, camping barns and group accommodation. With over 300 member hostels the network is comparable in size to the Youth Hostel Association in the UK (YHA plus SYHA).

Independent Hostels UK was established under grant funding from the government and is a self supporting membership body guided by a small committee of member directors.

IHUK works closely with other hostel networks worldwide including Scottish Independent Hostels, Independent Holiday Hostels of Ireland, Swiss Backpackers, German Backpacker Network, Hostel in Italy, Backpackers Spain, Backpackers Hostels of Canada and BBH New Zealand. IHUK also shares detailed information about the accommodation with national organisations such as the Sustrans National Cycle Network and the Long Distance Walkers Association.

To find out more about all the great places to stay in the network use our online search facility. This has scalable maps showing bunkhouses, hostels, backpackers, camping barns and group accommodation in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Europe. You can search by name or location and you will quickly see that the accommodation listed offers great value with self catering, private rooms and flexible lengths of stay.

Full details of all the hostels in IHUK are available in IHUKs handbook, the long established Independent Hostel Guide, available for purchase now.

Our Guide site, the Independent Hostel Guide, has details of accommodation across the UK, Europe and further afield. We have introduced a number of features to help find accommodation for families, groups, and backpackers as well as easy to use maps showing the locations, detailed information about each accommodation and online booking where available direct from our site.

In recent months we have introduced a number of new features including special offers and the latest news from accommodation owners direct from them via their own area on our network, articles written about great places to visit, and holiday suggestions and some great competitions to enter.

We have been given a Hostel Risk Assessment Guide by Mike Patterson of Commercial & Agricultural Insurance Brokers, which has been recommended by a lot of our members who've been really pleased with the services offered.

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