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Youth Hostels throughout Dorset

Youth Hostels

Litton Cheney

In a traditional Dorset village in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, YHA Litton Cheney is surrounded by excellent walking and cycling country. This comfortable Dutch barn, once a cheese factory, makes a good family base and is close to Chesil Beach, Abbotsbury Swannery and subtropical gardens. Volunteer Warden run.

Opening information: Reception Open: 08.00 - 10.00 hrs and 17.00 - 22.00 hrs. Hostel Closes: 23.00 hrs.

YHA Litton Cheney, Litton Cheney, Dorchester, Dorset. DT2 9AT. Tel: 0845 371 9329.



Lulworth Cove

YHA Lulworth Cove is a single storey purpose-built timber building on the edge of the tranquil fishing village of West Lulworth. Surrounded by fields and wonderful views of the Dorset hills, it's a mile's walk to the oyster-shaped Lulworth Cove and dramatic coastline. Children will enjoy a day out at the largest entertainment centre in the south, Tower Park Leisure Centre.

Opening information: Reception Open: 08.00 - 10.00 hrs and 17.00 - 22.00 hrs. Hostel Closes: 23.00 hrs

CONTACT: YHA Lulworth Cove, School Lane, West Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset. BH20 5SA. Tel: 0845 371 9331. Fax no: (+44) 1929 400640.




During the heyday of the Royal Navy's presence in Portland, this early Edwardian building belonged to the First Admiral and was later used as the headquarters for the MOD police. It benefits from extensive views over Lyme Bay and is a good base to explore the island's heritage, including Portland Castle and Portland Lighthouse. The Round Island Coastal Footpath will give you a good look at the flora and fauna, or visit Chesil beach or nearby Weymouth to enjoy its award-winning beaches.

Opening information: Available all year. Reception Open: 08.00 - 10.00 hrs and 17.00 - 22.00 hrs. Hostel Closes: 22.30 hrs. Traffic in Weymouth can be dense and slow. Hostel has slightly sloping garden. Chesil Beach is unsuitable for bathing. Nearby Weymouth has one of the best beaches in the county.

YHA Portland, Hardy House, Castletown, Portland, Dorset. DT5 1AU. Tel: 0845 371 9339. Fax no: (+44) 1305 861568.




For a fun-packed seaside holiday, Swanage is the place to be. Swanage boasts a safe sandy Blue Flag beach, spectacular coastal scenery, high sunshine ratings and festivals galore. And just a few minutes' walk from the town centre is this elegant Victorian house offering fine views across the bay. Don't miss exploring the Jurassic Coast, a newly designated World Heritage Site that tells a geological story covering 200 million years.

Opening information: Reception Open: 07.15 - 22.30 hrs. Hostel Closes: 23.00 hrs

During school term time (Mon - Thu nights) we are dedicated to accommodating young school children

CONTACT: YHA Swanage, Cluny, Cluny Crescent, Swanage, Dorset. BH19 2BS. Tel: 0845 371 9346. Fax no: (+44) 1929 426327.



You should book directly with the Youth Hostel of your choice or contact YHA Customer Services at, telephone (0870) 770 8868. Their email address is

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