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If you're looking for hostels in Cardiff city centre, this brand new YHA Youth Hostel is perfect for you. Located in the heart of the city centre but with on-site parking (almost unheard of, right?), this Youth Hostel is within walking distance of all the city’s best attractions, including the Principality Stadium (formerly known as the Millennium Stadium) and Cardiff Castle, not to mention the fantastic shopping destination of Cardiff Bay. It's also close to the city's rail and coach stations, so you've absolutely no excuse not to visit! YHA Cardiff Central has been rated a 5-star hostel by VisitWales - the only hostel in the UK to achieve this accolade! And the awards just keep on coming - YHA Cardiff Central was named Best Accommodation in December 2015 at the British Youth Travel Awards.

The nearby Principality Stadium plays host to countless sporting events including the Rugby World Cup, football matches and even motorsports. A must visit for any sports fan!

If you fancy exploring the area, why not take a walk through the old dock area down to Cardiff Bay. In the bay you will find boat tours which operate from Mermaid Quay which will give you a great introduction to the area. There is also a water taxi service which takes you from the bay to the city centre.

In recent years, Cardiff has become well known for its bustling nightlife scene and is a favourite amongst party lovers. With some of the best bars and clubs in the whole of Wales, YHA Cardiff Central makes a perfect base for your weekend break and is without a doubt one of the best hostels in Cardiff.

This budget hostel is also great for business travel. Free Wi-Fi plus our fantastic conferencing facilities make this location great for catching up with emails or working on projects in the comfort of this friendly, relaxed atmosphere. YHA Cardiff Central has three conference rooms available to hire which are fantastic for corporate away days and meetings. Two of the rooms have whiteboards and flipcharts and one has a wall mounted digital projector, flipchart, audio system and interactive whiteboard, meaning you can pick the room that is most suitable for your needs. Please email for more information and to book these conference facilities.

FREE WI-FI is available throughout the hostel for all guests, including communal areas and bedrooms, so you can stay well connected throughout your stay.

It’s not just about a great location. YHA Cardiff Central also provides 320 beds in comfortable rooms with state of the art facilities which are all en-suite for your convenience making it one of the most luxurious hostels in Cardiff. YHA Cardiff Central has even achieved a 5 star hostel rating from VisitWales - the first hostel in the YHA network to do so.

Choose from socialising and meeting new people in a dorm room or keeping your family cosy in one of our gorgeous private rooms. Double rooms are also available for the single traveller or a couple’s getaway. There is free Wi-Fi available for guests throughout the building, including the bedrooms.

YHA Cardiff Central also has premium rooms available. Premium rooms include beds instead of bunks, TV, hairdryer, room safe, soap, towels, two pillows per person, storage space, dressing table and chair.


YHA Cardiff Central offers a buffet breakfast in the mornings which features hot items like sausages, bacon and eggs; cold items like fresh fruit, croissants and cheeses and vegetarian options. Breakfast is served 7:30am - 10am. Breakfast is now available at 10% off - ONLY WHEN PRE-BOOKED (in-hostel price: £5.25). Simply add it to your basket at check out to save!


We can provide a packed lunch including a freshly prepared sandwich, a delicious cake, cereal bar, a bottle of mineral water, a packet of crisps and a piece of fresh fruit. Eat in the hostel or take your packed lunch with you to enjoy during your day of exploring.


This city hostel also offers the YHA Metro Menu during the day which offers snacks, sharing platters and delicious main meals - depending on how hungry you are! The Metro Menu is served 11am - 10pm Monday to Friday and 12 - 10pm on Saturday and Sunday. We're open to the public as well as guests so, if you're in the area, pop in!

Kids Eat Free

One free children's meal is available per adult main meal from the main menu when purchased at the same time. This offer is not available on breakfast.


If you fancy a taste of local ales, our well-stocked bar is open to residents 12pm - 2am every day, plus non-residents can stay until 11pm.

Self-Catering Facilities

In our self-catering kitchen, you'll find everything you need to cook up a delicious meal including pots and pans, two kettles, eight hobs with extractor fans, two fan-assisted ovens with grill compartments, two microwaves, two toasters, two sets of colour coded chopping boards, two knife blocks, two American style fridge-freezers plus tupperware, salad bowls, glasses, mugs, bowls, pleates, caffetieres and teapots. There are two tables and benches to sit at.

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NOTE: Do be aware that the level of stamina required for any walk will vary depending on both the walk length and the difficulty grade - you should only walk within your limits.

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