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.

Top 29 hostels in Northern Ireland.

These are the 29 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Northern Ireland.

1
Arch House B&B

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Arch House B&B

You will find a warm welcome at our award winning Farm House in the heart of Fermanagh. We have won many awards for accommodation, breakfasts, food and tourism development. You'll enjoy our home cooking, tastefully decorated bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms, and plenty to do and see nearby. W...
Arch House B&B is a guesthouse in Enniskillen. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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The Mourne Lodge

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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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Hutt Hostel

99 /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...
Hutt Hostel is a hostel in Newcastle. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Ballyeamon Barn Tourist Hostel

99 /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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Beechgrove

99 /100

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Beechgrove

A warm welcome awaits you at Beechgrove Farm. Beechgrove is situated along the shores of Belfast Lough on the County Antrim side, approximately 1 mile north-west of Carrickfergus (off the A2) and close to the Knockagh Monument...
Beechgrove is a guesthouse in Belfast. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Whitepark Bay Hostel

97 /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...
Whitepark Bay Hostel is a hostel in Whitepark Bay. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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7
Groarty House

97 /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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Armagh City Hostel

96 /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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9
Rose Park House

95 /100

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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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10
Portrush Holiday Hostel

94 /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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11
Sheep Island View Ballintoy

93 /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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12
Global Village

93 /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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13
Vagabonds

92 /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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Slemish Barn

92 /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...
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Farset International

91 /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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Queen

90 /100

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Queen's University Belfast

If you are visiting Belfast or Queen's University during the summer, for a day, a weekend or even a week, then an ideal option is to stay in Queens University accommodation. This year rooms are available as follows: 2nd July 2018 until 31st August 2018 Elms Village student accommodation i...
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Arnies Backpackers

87 /100

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Arnies Backpackers

**Please note that check-in is from 9am in morning until 21.00hrs in the evening, must have valid photo ID upon arrival** We do not accept stag/hen parties or heavy drinking groups. Quiet after 9pm. Welcome to the friendliest and cosiest hostel in Belfast! We are a safe, clean, 20 bed, city ce...
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18
Rick

87 /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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Bushmills Youth Hostel

87 /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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Finn McCool

84 /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...
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21
Belfast International Youth Hostel

82 /100

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Belfast International Youth Hostel

Belfast's only Hostelling International (YHA) Hostel: (but you don't need a membership card to stay!) Important stuff: Please have a read before booking: As a big, city hostel our booking and check in policies are quite strict to keep hostellers, hostel and staff safe: if they seem too strict we...
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Lagan Backpackers

82 /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 City Backpacker

79 /100

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Belfast City Backpacker

Our aim at Belfast City Backpacker is to help our guests enjoy Belfast as much as possible. For this the hostel has a range of facilities available for our guests. The full catering kitchen is modern and well equipped with a separate dining area. The living room is a great funky place to chill out....
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24
Hostel Connect

79 /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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25
Downhill Beachhouse

74 /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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Derry Hostel & Guest House

74 /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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Iona Inn

69 /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...
Iona Inn is a guesthouse in Derry. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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28
Paddy

69 /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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Dundrum House

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Dundrum House

Treat yourself to a stay in a B&B with a difference... Dundrum House, an early 18th century country manor is set in an 80 acre beef and sheep farm. Situated in the beauitful unspoilt countryside of Co. Armagh with its rolling hills and the Callen River flowing along the boundary of the farm, Dund...
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