Best Places for Backpackers in England.

Enjoy backpacking around England without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in England.

Top 50 hostels in England.

These are the 50 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in England.

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Southcrest Manor Hotel

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Southcrest Manor Hotel is a hotel in Redditch. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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easyPZ Backpackers Penzance

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easyPZ Backpackers Penzance

At easyPZ Backpackers Penzance we offer comfortable and affordable accommodation to the many people who wisely choose Penzance as their base for exploring stunning West Cornwall, famous for its coastal walks, surfing and beaches. We have a guest kitchen complete with many handy free utensils and it...
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Ellan Vannin Guest House

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Ellan Vannin Guest House

Comfortable,family run, no-smoking guest house just three miles from the city centre of Liverpool and two miles from the football grounds of Liverpool (Anfield) and Everton (Goodison). There is a frequent bus to the city centre. All rooms are private but are not ensuite, however, the two rooms we...
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Manor Hotel

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Manor Hotel

This historic, family run hotel sits overlooking Exmouth Bay from it's elevated position on The Beacon. Full English Breakfast and freshly prepared dinners are served in the large dining room whereas our bar is the perfect meeting place for coffee, cream teas or a pre-dinner drink with friends. Man...
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YHA Eskdale

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YHA Eskdale

Peace, quiet and some of the most ruggedly beautiful views of anywhere in the UK: your reward for choosing this mountain hideaway for your next Lake District adventure. Discover creatures great and small in the hostel’s 15-acre garden which has its own nature trail and bird hide. It is also a short...
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Atlantis Hotel

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Atlantis Hotel

Situated in the Town Centre of Blackpool we are in the Perfect Location to make your Holiday one to Remember. You will receive a warm and friendly welcome when you arrive Close to the Winter Gardens, Tower and all of Blackpool's Main Attractions. All Rooms are En Suite with Colour TV & Freeview...
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Trivelles Seaforth

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Trivelles Seaforth

Whether you are travelling for leisure or business enjoy the city's offerings. Trivelles Seaforth is situated within 10-15 minutes drive from Liverpool city centre with easy access to key locations. We have onsite parking and free WiFi throughout the property including in every room. Trivelles S...
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London Wembley International Hotel

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London Wembley International Hotel

Superbly located hotel only 5 minutes walk from Wembley Park Underground Station, Wembley Stadium, The SSE Arena, Wembley and London Designer Outlet Shopping Centre, cinema and restaurants. Free WIFI throughout the hotel. Free Parking for cars first come basis. 165 en-suite rooms, sports bar, restau...
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The Swan at Forton

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The Swan at Forton

All wooden floors, open fire places and beamed ceilings, this classic English country inn is infused with the vibrant allure of its historic past. With friendly service and a warm welcome, it’s perfect for both business and leisure and is a great base from which to explore the area. The Hotel off...
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Heathrow LHR Apartments

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Heathrow LHR Apartments

Heathrow LHR Apartments is a brand new budget accommodation for LHR Heathrow Airport Travellers and AirCrew. Our property is very close to Heathrow LHR by free public transport. You can store you luggage in our accommodation for a minor fee. Heathrow LHR Apartments is only 5 minutes from Heathr...
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Wayfarers Independent Hostel - Penrith

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Wayfarers Independent Hostel - Penrith

Situated close to Penrith town centre, Wayfarers Hostel provides excellent value accommodation to those visiting Penrith, the Eden Valley and the North Lakes. We are near all major transport links and are ideally suited to cyclists, walkers and small groups. Newly refurbished in a comfortable, mode...
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Sefton Park Hotel

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Sefton Park Hotel

Offering a relaxed atmosphere with a warm friendly welcome, comfortable accommodation, excellent food and drink and a relaxing parkland setting overlooking a Victorian boating lake, Sefton Park Hotel is an ideal base from which to explore Liverpool. The hotel itself is located in a converted Victori...
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Heroes Hotel

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Heroes Hotel

The world famous Gateshead Metro Centre is a 15 min bus or train ride away. The whole of the North East history is within your reach, too many attractions to list. 'Hadrians Wall' is a World Heritage site, visit the famous 'Vindolanda Roman Camp' Enjoy. Heroes Hotel is 'bang' in the middle of the...
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YHA Hawkshead

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YHA Hawkshead

The hostel is a beautiful Regency mansion with stunning grounds overlooking Esthwaite Water. This is a great base to explore the beautiful village of Hawkshead, Beatrix Potters Hill Top, Grizedale Forest and the southern fells. Family-friendly and in a glorious setting, this grade II listed Reg...
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YHA Ennerdale

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YHA Ennerdale

If a secluded rural retreat is what you’re seeking, look no further than YHA Ennerdale, situated close to the Lake District’s most westerly lake. The hostel site includes a hostel, camping and a camping barn, providing space for 24 guests. With no TV, Wi-Fi or phone signal, the hostel offers a p...
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Astor York

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Astor York

Astor York is set in a beautiful Grade II listed building just minutes walk to the historic centre! With a huge cozy lounge, and dining areas, free WiFi throughout the building and every room ensuite, Astor York is the perfect base for exploring the incredible historic centre of York. There is also...
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Cohort Hostel, St Ives

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Cohort Hostel, St Ives

Cohort is a newly renovated hostel located in the centre of St Ives. Housed in an old Wesleyan Chapel and schoolrooms it has spectacular features along with contemporary accommodation facilities, superfast WiFi and unique indoor and outdoor social spaces. St Ives is the jewel in Cornwall's crown...
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Le Papillon

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Le Papillon

Le Papillon is a very popular property ideal for self catering and ideally situated within walking distance to the local train and coach station, the beach, harbour and the town centre where you will find all the best restaurants clubs and pubs. Le Papillon has its own car park for up to 14 cars and...
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Carlisle City Hostel

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Carlisle City Hostel

Welcome to Carlisle City Hostel, Carlisle's only independent backpacker hostel. We offer cheap, clean, comfortable accommodation for backpackers, walkers, cyclists and budget travelers. We have four comfortable guests rooms. Our kitchen is fully equipped and available to all. We offer free Wi-Fi...
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Ocean Backpackers

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Ocean Backpackers

Ocean Backpackers is a homely hostel with a laid back atmosphere and no curfew. Situated in a quaint North Devon town built around an ancient fishing harbour. Central to the harbour itself, the bus station, high street, pubs, restaurants and many beaches including surfers favourites: Croyde, S...
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Alnwick Youth Hostel

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Alnwick Youth Hostel

This former courthouse building dates to 1856 and was opened as a youth hostel by HM the Queen in 2011. Alnwick Youth Hostel is a 4* hostel and offers comfortable rooms and a warm welcome. Alnwick Youth Hostel is located in the centre of the medieval market town of Alnwick in North Northumberlan...
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YHA Berwick

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YHA Berwick

YHA Berwick has 13 bedroom, all with en-suite facilities, some of which are private and family rooms, a trendy café/bistro and is situated in a perfect location, close to the historic town centre of Berwick-upon-Tweed. Located on the quay-side, beside the river Tweed, the building has a unique lean...
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Hole House Bunkhouse

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Hole House Bunkhouse

Farm located 12 bed bunkhouse, 3 rooms of 4 bunks, each en-suite. More bunk and breakfast than hostel and still at a hostel price. Each bunkroom is immaculately clean and provided with all the beds ready made with quilts etc. There is an attached breakfast and TV room where guests serve themselves...
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The Ambassador Heathrow Hotel

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The Ambassador Heathrow Hotel

Boutique style Hotel within close proximity of London Heathrow airport. Most rooms are en-suite and all have flat screen TVs,wireless internet connection,CD players,DVD players,Trouser presses,coffee & Tea trays. and direct dial telephones. Rooms are mainly furnished with Victorian furniture and al...
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Aston Court Derby

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Aston Court Derby

In the heart of Derby, this modern city centre hotel offers free Wi-Fi internet access and friendly service. Derby rail station is a brief walk away. Aston Court Hotel boasts an onsite restaurant and an extensive lounge area, where a varied daily menu is offered. The Westfield Shopping Centre...
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Gatwick Gable End Guest House

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Gatwick Gable End Guest House

Gatwick Gable End Guest House is a beautiful Edwardian House that was originally opened for business in March 1995.It is locted only 5 minutes from Gatwick airport. Mary, Joseph and their girls acquired the business in August 2000 and offer a warm Irish welcome to their family run guesthouse.The g...
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Argon House

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Argon House

Argon house is a small family run guesthouse. We are in a central location with a minutes walk to the beach and a few minutes away from the tower. Latest check-out time is 10.00am....
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Trivelles Liverpool

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Trivelles Liverpool

All of the rooms at Trivelles Liverpool are newly refurbished and equipped, for you to enjoy a great nights rest in a modern but comfortable environment. We hope you enjoy many of the rooms which all have en-suite wash room facilities and come at a great value for money. We are close to Merseysid...
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The Brimar Guest House

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The Brimar Guest House

We have excellent rates available. Please note latest check in time is 20:00 hrs. LATER CHECK IN IS AVAILABLE PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU WISH TO ARRIVE LATER THAN 20.00 HOURS The Brimar Guesthouse has been providing clean, bright, safe accommodation at competitive prices for over 20 years...
The Brimar Guest House is a guesthouse in Southampton. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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YHA Ilam Hall

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YHA Ilam Hall

If it's an unforgettable family holiday that you're looking for, this National Trust property is the one for you. Stay in this huge Victorian Gothic manor house, sitting in 84 acres of country parkland on the River Manifold, and enjoy a jam-packed activity holiday or relax and unwind, away from the...
YHA Ilam Hall is a hostel in Peak District. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Hull Trinity Backpackers

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Hull Trinity Backpackers

New kid on the block in the 2017 City of Culture. Offering affordable independent accommodation in the heart of the city's old town. With a mix of traditional dorms, one 4 berth ensuite, and three little rooms of character up top offering single and twin possibilities. (Please do get in touch direct...
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Eat And Sleep Lindisfarne

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Eat And Sleep Lindisfarne

At Eat And Sleep Lindisfarne we have a shared kitchen/ dinning and sitting area as well as outside space. Free WiFi and parking is available. We have an onsite licensed cafe serving Northumberland breakfasts, cooked lunches, teas/ coffees cakes and more. We are based in the heart of Northumberlan...
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St Christopher

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St Christopher's Inn Newquay

St Christopher's Newquay is the hot spot for sun worshippers in England. With 11 beaches stretching over seven miles of sand, it's a challenge for anyone to tear themselves from their towel. Sitting beautifully on a cliff overlooking Towan beach, right at the heart of it, is where you'll find us....
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Newquay International Backpackers

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Newquay International Backpackers

This long established friendly hostel offers a warm welcome to all its guests - surfers and travellers alike. Situated in the heart of Newquay, it is within easy walking distance of Fistral Beach (Europe's finest surfing beach) and the busy nightlife of Newquay. If it's a few relaxing days chilli...
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Elterwater Hostel

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Elterwater Hostel

Providing simple, but comfortable, warm and homely accommodation at a great price, the Elterwater Property is an ideal base for cycling, walking and climbing trips to the Lakes, or simply a fantastic spot to escape to for a quiet break! With 38 beds, and a history of hostelling since 1939, Elter...
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Two Bare Feet

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Two Bare Feet

Two Bare Feet is a Self Catering Bed and Breakfast in Central Winchester. This is a totally unique house, available to book as individual rooms or in its entirety. The open kitchen/dining area means guests can relax and comfortably spend time together, with the separate rooms offering privacy as and...
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Seadragon Backpackers

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Seadragon Backpackers

Seadragon Backpackers is a small hostel with just six rooms. Set in a Regency building with tons of character and quirky corners we pride ourselves on offering a clean, well run hostel for those who visit our wonderful, vibrant city. Our six rooms consist of 1 double room, 4 four bed mixed dorms a...
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YHA Whitby

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YHA Whitby

This affordable, family-friendly accommodation is in a stunning location near the abbey ruins and overlooking the bustling town of Whitby with so much to do. Many attractions to keep you busy, including a fascinating museum and art gallery. An awesome coastal location with wonderful views, the E...
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YHA Keswick

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YHA Keswick

Due to the extensive flood damage in 2016 and the refurbishment works taking place, we are not able to offer any catered meals for families or individual travellers at YHA Keswick until 1st March 2017. Guests now have access to the new self-catering kitchen, however there is no additional social...
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Staymor Guest House

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Staymor Guest House

We are a Scottish owned guesthouse in the heart of Blackpool, providing friendly B & B accommodation at budget prices, located just one minute from the Irish sea at Central Pier, right in the middle of all that Blackpool has to offer. At the Staymor Guest House we are delighted to welcome our lo...
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YHA Brighton

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YHA Brighton

YHA Brighton, a former hotel, is ideal for backpackers, solo travellers and groups of friends wishing to take advantage of this great city centre location. All rooms are en-suite, and we even have 18 double bedrooms for those couples looking for a romantic getaway on a budget. The hostel has a chill...
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Hyde Park Court Hotel

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Hyde Park Court Hotel

The Hyde Park Court Hotel is a centrally located, family run hotel in a quiet and pleasant square. All rooms have an ensuite shower and toilet, tea/coffee making facilities, satellite television, hairdryer and direct dial telephones. Our reception is open 24 hours and a continental breakfast is...
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YHA Eden Project

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YHA Eden Project

YHA Eden Project is powered by Snoozebox, meaning the hostel is created from shipping containers (in keeping with the Eden Project's sustainable outlook). This provides cosy and comfortable accommodation, with modern interiors and high spec bathrooms. All rooms are en-suite. With 228 beds altoge...
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Park Villa

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Park Villa

Park Villa is a new boutique hostel in the heart of the old East End of London. The hostel is a Georgian Regency villa with attached coach house and has been lovingly restored to reflect its original character and charm. Superfast WiFi is included in the price and all guests have access to a kitc...
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Meadow Cottage Guest House

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Meadow Cottage Guest House

The Meadow Cottage Guest House is set in an acre of beautiful south-facing gardens, just 1.5 miles south of Bristol airport. At the Meadow Cottage Guest House the quiet, private and romantic rooms have high-quality Egyptian cotton bed linen, fluffy towels, TVs and tea and coffee making facilities...
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YHA Haworth

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YHA Haworth

Revisit the tempestuous world of the Bronte classics, Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. This large Victorian mansion of YHA Haworth is built in a grand style and overlooks the village of Haworth. Bront' fans will enjoy the museum and leisurely walks to spots that inspired the famous books. There'...
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The Finnish Church in London

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The Finnish Church in London

At the The Finnish Church in London, we offer two accommodation options in the hostel category - 6 persons mixed gender dorms and 4 person en suite dorms. Everybody is welcome to stay with us - you do not have to be Finnish or a member of our church. We have a cafeteria with WiFi serving Finnish...
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Thorney How Grasmere

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Thorney How Grasmere

Thorney How is a four-star quality independent hostel in Grasmere, the heart of the English Lake District World Heritage Site. We are a rurally located property providing a quieter base from which to explore the outstanding beautiful scenery and local attractions, on foot, by bike, by public transp...
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YHA Penzance

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YHA Penzance

Enjoy the best of all worlds. Staying at this recently refurbished mansion allows you to explore artistic Penzance and gives you easy access to historic Cornwall. Relax on sandy beaches, or stroll on the coastal path for stunning cliff-top scenery. This Georgian mansion has been refurbished to a...
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The Bristol Wing

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The Bristol Wing

Newly opened in January 2018, The Bristol Wing was built in the refurbished Grade II listed old police headquarters in the heart of Bristol City Centre. We have a mix of private, ensuite and dorm rooms with great communal spaces on the ground floor and an award winning cafe on site offering tasty br...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in England.

Check out tips from other travellers and bloggers and their experiences in England.

If you're already planning to visit England - scroll to the next section for a list of the best places to stay.

Social Anxiety and Depression

I was diagnosed with social anxiety issues about 18 months ago, and for the first few months I was dealing with it really quite well. My first month or so of travelling was really difficult. Being thrown into crazy situations that a lone 18 year old girl who’s never left England has no effing clue how to deal with.

Daisy Mullins

Sports events

One of Wellington’s main venues, the Westpac Stadium, hosts many sporting events throughout the year. Back in February I managed to see my first ever live game of cricket as we arrived the same week as England played Sri Lanka in the World Cup. I have also seen Aussie Rules football, catching the ANZAC Day game there and have watched several rugby games there as well. It’s really easy to get to from the city centre and is located just a few minutes walk from the train and bus station.

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Understanding Bristol

Bristol is England’s sixth biggest city and the heartbeat of the beautiful English West Country. You’ll find the Bristolian people open-minded, hospitable and heart-warming. Bristol’s prosperity is strongly related to Britain’s early sea-faring days and was the base for New World exploration. Therefore, there are many well preserved and inspiring historical sites dotted around the city. Modern day Bristol is a beautiful mishmash of the world’s cultures and its historical and modern arts scenes are prolific. Bristol is one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations and was selected in 2009 as one of the world’s top-ten cities. Sounds expensive? Sure, there are plenty of ways to burn a hole in your wallet, but here’s a few of my favourites freebies that won’t.

George Butter

Why to do an exchange in Brighton & Hove

Brighton & Hove is a lovely city located on the southern cost, about one hour from London. Also known as “London by the Sea” this city is one of the most famous seaside resorts in England and very sought after by international students to take language courses over the summer period.

KT Oliveira

Perth

A lovely clean, welcoming and sunny (if very windy) city that has a lot to offer and is a great gateway for day trips to Rottnest Island and Freemantle. My decision to start off my year in Perth was an easy one as it cost less money for me to fly there from England and then fly to Melbourne, than it did to fly straight to Melbourne so I thought why not check it out on route! There’s plenty to do to keep you busy from Kings Park (great for a day out, get a picnic going!), the zoo, aquarium, some nice art galleries and museums and a decent shopping scene with bars and restaurants to rest your tired feet and lay down your recent buys.

Lisa Ward

Hippies and Holsteins: Four Seasons in Vermont

Vermont is a small state (3.5 hours driving North-South and 1.5 East-West) in the crammed region of New England in the Northeastern part of the US. It is known for many things, from Burton snowboards and Ben & Jerry’s Ice cream to ski slopes and picturesque fall foliage. You can also find just as many hippies as Holstein cows.

Elena Nardozzi

Is three days enough in this crazy city?

We arrived at Suvarnabhumi airport (Bangkok airport) from England at around 7am local time. Everybody left the plane, eager to get their bags and set out on their onward travel but were faced with a queue of around 100 people at border control. We stood patiently, waiting for the Thai border force to allow us through, they were awfully slow. Once we received our 30 day visitor’s visa we ran to our baggage claim, so worried our backpacks weren’t going to appear, they did, thankfully. We walked into the arrivals hall, eyes peeled for our airport pickup. We had booked a tour for our first week in Thailand and they were here to collect and take us to our guesthouse. The tour company we used was Thaintro and I’m so glad we used them because they not only give you an introduction to Thailand but an introduction to Backpacking in general. Our group leader Liam, had organised a taxi to take us back to our guesthouse, he rode with us and got us checked into the Wild Orchid Villa. Naturally, Alex and I crashed out until around 2pm, we had pretty much been awake all night on our flights from London to Dubai and Dubai to Bangkok. We booked our flights with Gapyear.com, it was ever so simple, all done over the phone in a matter of minutes.

Rebecca Brunning

England: Not just London

As London is home to some of the most frequented airports (and thus, cheapest) for European travel, many euro-trippers make London their first stop at the beginning of their adventure or their last stop on the journey home. Don’t get me wrong, London is beautiful, full of amazing history, and home to some of the best music and art scenes in Europe. Don’t skip London! That being said, don’t stop at London! Bare the cold and cover as much of England as you can. My time in England was spent with friends, just exploring the country. I don’t have much advice as to what touristy spots are worth a visit in England, but I can assure you these listed areas are most than exciting enough places to hang out for a couple of days!

Haley Brown

Jamaica: The secret Third-World Country

In January 2014, I embarked on an adventure with my sister to Jamaica, I had no idea what I was getting into and it was shock to the senses when I finally did arrive. I touched down in Kingston on a hot January afternoon; I had waited for three months, with anticipation, to finally see my family’s home country and I was excited to meet people that I wouldn’t necessarily associate with in England and to understand the culture of my ancestors. I had done my research into Jamaica before heading there, talked to a family friend who had been there several times and I was in high spirits, eager to get stuck into a country that I had never been before. I remember the drive from the airport to where we were staying and I also remember, vividly, the look of horror that passed between my sister and I as it finally dawned on us that Jamaica wasn’t the tropical paradise that we had, so foolishly, envisioned.

Abena Malcolm

A local

If you’re in England and visiting London there is an incredible amount of things to do and see and places to go, such a vast city has a lot to offer, and although I do recommend checking out the obvious places, it is easy to miss the essence of London when following the tourist trail. Buckingham Palace, Oxford Street, Big Ben, the London Eye etc. are all entertaining and interesting in their own right, but London is so much more than a selection of attractions, even if they are very nice attractions.

lily-guy-vogel

Is travelling really safe?

Well, if I had spent the last four months at home in England the most unsafe thing I would have done would have been to get in my car and drive to work.  However, the last four months I have been travelling in India and SE Asia. I´ve walked with wild elephants, swam in shark ridden seas, fallen off a motorbike, gone white water rafting, been driven at high speeds by people who should never be allowed a licence (and probably didn’t have one) and got tattoos and piercings! Yes you do things travelling that you would never do at home but that´s what makes it the incredible adventure it is!

Hannah Sinnott

Perth

A lovely clean, welcoming and sunny (if very windy) city that has a lot to offer and is a great gateway for day trips to Rottnest Island and Freemantle. My decision to start off my year in Perth was an easy one as it cost less money for me to fly there from England and then fly to Melbourne, than it did to fly straight to Melbourne so I thought why not check it out on route! There’s plenty to do to keep you busy from Kings Park (great for a day out, get a picnic going!), the zoo, aquarium, some nice art galleries and museums and a decent shopping scene with bars and restaurants to rest your tired feet and lay down your recent buys.

Lisa Ward

Is travelling really safe?

Well, if I had spent the last four months at home in England the most unsafe thing I would have done would have been to get in my car and drive to work.  However, the last four months I have been travelling in India and SE Asia. I´ve walked with wild elephants, swam in shark ridden seas, fallen off a motorbike, gone white water rafting, been driven at high speeds by people who should never be allowed a licence (and probably didn’t have one) and got tattoos and piercings! Yes you do things travelling that you would never do at home but that´s what makes it the incredible adventure it is!

Hannah Sinnott

Social Anxiety and Depression

I was diagnosed with social anxiety issues about 18 months ago, and for the first few months I was dealing with it really quite well. My first month or so of travelling was really difficult. Being thrown into crazy situations that a lone 18 year old girl who’s never left England has no effing clue how to deal with.

Daisy Mullins

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