This Summer the Youth Hostel Association (YHA) invited us to explore the south coast of England and see for ourselves how their hostels can be a reliable and affordable option for families who like to explore. As we’re on a tight budget – like most young families – I was really keen to see if this experience could challenge the stereotypes of hosteling for me.


We stayed in YHA Truleigh Hill, nearby to Shoreham-by-Sea just a stones throw from Brighton. During our trip we had loads of fun adventuring close to the hostel and exploring Brighton as a family.

I’d estimate there were around 50 guests at the hostel during our stay and the vast majority of them were families or older couples. I was really impressed by how clean the hostel was – absolutely spotless despite there being a good amount of people staying who’d been out adventuring in the wilds getting mucky. We also loved the kitchen area and comfortable lounges. Luisa was so chuffed to see the big bookcase full of toys, puzzles and stories which little guests were welcome to take to their own rooms.



The whole trip really made me rethink my idea of what a hostel is like and I hope that you’ll consider it too. There’s no chance you’ll end up sharing a room as a family because it’s physically impossible to book a shared room when travelling with children.

Our room was big, clean and reasonably comfortable, as Truleigh Hill is an older building it didn’t have ensuite rooms but many of the other hostels we considered look more luxurious than some hotels I’ve stayed in! One thing I do wish I’d known in advance was that packing a small extension lead is a GREAT idea as we did have to fight it out for charging space. (I won)

YHA have 150 hostels and 45 campsites across England and Wales so wherever is next on your ‘staycation’ bucket-list they’ve got you covered. Check out their dedicated ‘family breaks’ section and get inspired for your next trip.


To see more of our trip watch the video below which even features MATT having a CHAT about why he liked the hostel experience and thinks it’s tip top for families! Wow…


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