YHA has been creating opportunities for everyone to grow, explore, learn and relax for 85 years and counting. We have an amazing network of youth hostels the length and breadth of England and Wales: spectacular buildings (including one castle!) in unbeatable rural, coastal and city centre locations, including many in our National Parks, seven in London and all sorts in between.
But YHA is so much more than just low cost accommodation (though we are that too).
We really do make a positive difference to thousands of young people, providing experiences that are unique, building skills for life, and leaving memories that stay with them. Young people experience YHA as part of educational trips, Summer Camps, group activities, National Citizen Service [NCS], The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, independent backpacking or with family or friends, and through our membership, travel and stay in youth hostels around the world. More than a quarter of all our employees and our active volunteers are under 26.
Hostel trading generates most of our income through overnight stays and food and beverage sales. Since 2015 we have seen increased occupancy in our hostels, have grown yield to produce exceptional trading results and invested £40million into our buildings over the last five years. About to complete another record-breaking year, with nearly two million overnight stays in total and significant growth in revenue for the fourth year running, we are touching more lives, and able to invest more in our network and our people, than ever before, creating world class youth hostelling experiences that we can be proud of.
This has been achieved by the enthusiastic, dedicated, creative and passionate teams we have at YHA, the range of educational, adventure, outdoor and volunteering activities we offer for young people, the world class results that reinvestment into our network of youth hostels has delivered, as well as our growing partnership programme.