Best Places for Backpackers in Northern Ireland.

Enjoy backpacking around Northern Ireland 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 Northern Ireland.

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Top 28 hostels in Northern Ireland.

These are the 28 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Northern Ireland.

1
Rose Park House

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Rose Park House

'Our aim is to provide our guests with a warm Derry welcome and a home away from home'. Recently refurbished (2009) to the highest standard, Rose Park House B&B provides quiet, spacious quality en suite rooms, with WiFi connection, Digital TV/DVD and secure off street parking. Guests also have ac...
Rose Park House is a guesthouse in Derry. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Ballyeamon Barn Tourist Hostel

100 /100

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Ballyeamon Barn Tourist Hostel

Ballyeamon Barn offers modern comfortable budget priced accommodation with 14 bunk beds (with bedding) and a private apartment suitable for couples or families. It has free wifi, central heating, fully fitted kitchen with free tea/coffee. There are laundry facilities, a barbeque area and a works...
Ballyeamon Barn Tourist Hostel is a hostel in Cushendall. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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The Mourne Lodge

99 /100

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The Mourne Lodge

The centre boasts of excellent budget guest accommodation. All rooms are en-suite with a mixture of two bed, four bed and eight bed rooms. The centre provides secure car parking, laundry facilities (at an extra cost), bike storage, self catering kitchen, lounge, restaurant (evening meals booked in a...
The Mourne Lodge is a hostel in Mourne Mountains. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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The Parador

98 /100

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The Parador

Situated on Belfast's bustling Ormeau Road, The Parador is a comfortable establishment only 20 minutes walk from the city centre, offering freshly prepared wholesome food on Saturday & Sundays, great value accommodation and a friendly traditional style bar. When you visit The Parador you will e...
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Hutt Hostel

98 /100

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Hutt Hostel

We offer a range of room sizes, a fully equipped self catering kitchen and a self-contained family apartment which can accommodate up to 6 people. We have a large laundry and drying room facility especially suited to the 'mucky' outdoor adventurer. A comfortable chill out lounge with a log burni...
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Groarty House

96 /100

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Groarty House

Groarty House is a family-run guest house offering bed and breakfast accommodation, just three miles away from the historic City of Derry in Northern Ireland. We can assure you of a warm welcome and plenty of good Irish home cooking all year round. Our guest house is 200 years old and is tasteful...
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Sheep Island View Ballintoy

95 /100

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Sheep Island View Ballintoy

Sheep Island View is situated on the North Antirm Coast, in the small village of Ballintoy. We are 6 miles from the Giant's Causeway and about a ten minute walk from the famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Ballintoy has many walks surrounding the area, and also has two pub/restaurants which pro...
Sheep Island View Ballintoy is a hostel in Ballycastle. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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8
Vagabonds

94 /100

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Vagabonds

Vagabonds Backpackers is Belfast's top rated hostel as voted for by Hostelworld.com users. Ideally located in the heart of the buzzing Queens Quarter, just minutes walk from the city center, popular bars, restaurants and main tourist attractions such as the Ulster Museum and Botanic Gardens. Vagabo...
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Botanical Backpackers

93 /100

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Botanical Backpackers

Welcome to the friendliest and cosiest hostel in Belfast! We are a safe, clean, 20 bed hostel in the beautiful Queen's Quarter of Belfast. We have free WIFI and a free hostel breakfast (see photos) with vegan options. We have a fantastic and well-equipped kitchen, a cosy living room, and a sm...
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Whitepark Bay Hostel

93 /100

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Whitepark Bay Hostel

Seeing is believing! The views from Whitepark Bay Youth Hostel overlooking the Atlantic Ocean must be amongst the most spectacular in the world. Relaxing in the lounge, or from the balcony or picnic area, you can enjoy the most amazing view out to Rathlin and the Scottish Island of Islay. Take a s...
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Finn McCool

92 /100

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Finn McCool's Giant's Causeway Hostel

FREE CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST DAILY Voted the best hostel (#1 as per ratings on Hostelworld.com) in Northern Ireland 2011 at the Hostelworld.com Hoscar Awards. Finn McCools is a small, very personal hostel in a great location. It's located less than 200m from Giant's Causeway and the ocean, with...
Finn McCool's Giant's Causeway Hostel is a hostel in Bushmills. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Global Village

92 /100

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Global Village

Belfast's top rated hostel providing clean and comfortable accommodation in the heart of Belfast city. Opened in the summer of 2010 by an experienced traveller who knows exactly what backpackers want and expect! Sited in a beautifully converted 19th century building, we have added all the moder...
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Bushmills Youth Hostel

91 /100

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Bushmills Youth Hostel

Quality award winning Mill Rest Youth Hostel is located in the centre of Bushmills, best known for its world famous Irish whiskey, on the North Antrim Coast. This purpose built modern hostel has spacious, comfortable ensuite bedrooms in a range of sizes. The Old Bushmills Distillery is within a...
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Derry Hostel & Guest House

90 /100

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Derry Hostel & Guest House

Derry Hostel & Guesthouse is the newest hostel opened which is in a stunning Georgian era townhouse which was constructed in 1832 located in the heart of Derry, and is perfect for visitors of all kinds. Derry Hostel & Guesthouse was completely renovated in 2017 and now features a modern kitchen, sta...
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Portrush Holiday Hostel

90 /100

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Portrush Holiday Hostel

We are a small family run hostel in the centre of Portrush, near to all popular amusements, bars, local recreation parks and award winning restaurants. We offer comfortable, friendly, budget accommodation which is suitable for all visitors to the beautiful North Coast and Giants Causeway We ha...
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Armagh City Hostel

88 /100

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Armagh City Hostel

Located in Armagh City Centre the Armagh City Youth Hostel is the ideal location to explore the City and District. All the main city attractions are within a comfortable walking distance including two impressive cathedrals of St Patrick. Armagh city has a lot to offer all age groups and interests...
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Belfast City Backpacker

87 /100

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Belfast City Backpacker

Belfast's only purpose-built hostel, we pride ourselves on our comfy beds and clean and friendly environment with something for every type of traveller to enjoy! For an extra 2 minute walk from the center, situated in the upmarket Malone area, we offer superior quality and a stay that will leave yo...
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18
Downhill Beachhouse

86 /100

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Downhill Beachhouse

We're four-time winners of 'best hostel in Northern Ireland' as voted by Hostelworld customers in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and 2013. We have very comfortable full-sized beds in small dorms and private bedrooms, including six double rooms. All our double rooms can be used as twins and all can sleep up...
Downhill Beachhouse is a hostel in Castlerock. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Rick

86 /100

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Rick's Causeway Coastal Hostel

This is a small cosy hostel in the pleasant sea-side town of Portstewart, and since the hostel is only 50 metres from the ocean many of the rooms have a sea view. there is a fully equipped self-catering kitchen, relaxed dining area and an extremely comfortable common room featuring an open fire an...
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Farset International

86 /100

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Farset International

Farset International is located on its own private grounds beside a wild fowl reserve. It has both a restaurant and self catering kitchen and is Belfasts number one five-star hostel. The hostel boasts two impressive restaurants which serve top quality cuisine at a price thats right. For the m...
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Hostel Connect

85 /100

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Hostel Connect

Introduction Hostel Connect is Derry City's Largest Hostel and can accommodate up to 64 people in both dorms and private rooms. It is situated in the heart of this Historic Walled City, which played host to the City of Culture 2013, and only 2 minutes from all the action of the pubs, clubs, restaur...
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Lagan Backpackers

83 /100

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Lagan Backpackers

We are a large beautiful Belfast home that has been adapted into a comfortable hostel to meet all of your needs. With us you can enjoy a FREE hot English breakfast, made fresh every morning, our cosy rooms, and our experienced and knowledgeable staff. Feel free to help yourself to our FREE te...
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Belfast International Youth Hostel

82 /100

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Belfast International Youth Hostel

Belfast International is a HI - YHA Hostel: but you don't need a membership card to stay. THE IMPORTANT STUFF: As a big, city centre hostel our booking and check in policies are quite strict and in place in order to keep hostellers, hostel and staff safe. ID POLICY: We take a photographic ID o...
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24
Queen

74 /100

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Queen's University Belfast

If you are visiting Belfast or Queen's University, for a day, a weekend or even a week, then an ideal option is to stay in Queen s University accommodation. All rooms are single use. This year rooms are available as follows: 8th Oct 2018 until 8th June 2019 Elms Village student accommod...
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25
Paddy

74 /100

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Paddy's Palace Belfast

Newly renovated, bright social hostel with a lot of character for backpackers ! Best-value-for-money in all of Northern Ireland. We cannot be beaten on price, value and quality. This is a unique city, we are a unique hostel. Our friendly happy staff are on hand to help you enjoy the most of...
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Slemish Barn

74 /100

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Slemish Barn

We are located between the award winning floral village of Broughshane and the picturesque fishing village of Carnlough in an area know as The Braid, Gateway to the Glens. Slemish mountain is close by where St Patrick is reputed to have lived. We are also nearby the market town of Ballymena where th...
Slemish Barn is a hostel in Ballymena. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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27
Iona Inn

70 /100

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Iona Inn

Whether on a flying visit or taking your time, Iona Inn guarantees you a relaxed and comfortable stay in one of Derry's finest bed and breakfasts. Fully equipped for all your needs, we have double, triple and family rooms, all featuring en-suite bathrooms, television, hairdryers and tea/coffee-ma...
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Let

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Let's Go Hydro Glamping Pods

Let's Go Hydro is a world class water sports facility based just outside of Belfast City Center boasting impressive scenic views of Knockbracken Reservoir. Let's Go Hydro can sleep 160 people per night in Luxury Glamping Pods which are based in 3 unique locations either in the lakeside Open Meadow,...
Let's Go Hydro Glamping Pods is a campsite in Belfast. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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