The Youth Hostelling Guide for Non-Youth Hostellers


The are two big kitchens in the hostel, fairly basic but with all you need to cook a decent meal. All the pots, pans, plates and cutlery are there and there is a long row of cookers, a couple of microwaves and a big toaster. It’s best to bring things that don’t require a lot of pans and cooker space just to be polite to the other guests really. Most people make things like soup and pasta or just something like pizza that can be thrown in the oven.

It’s really very important that you wash up and put away your pots when you have cooked. It’s not fair to the other guests if you leave a big pile of pots, especially as there is a limit on pans and they won’t want to have to wash up after ┬ásomeone else before they can use it. We are also liable for any mess that is left at the end of the stay and we don’t want the choice of spending 3 hours cleaning it or losing our deposit.


All of the beds are bunk beds but they are really comfy, honest! You get given sheets when you arrive which you need to put on yourself. When you leave you take them off again, fold up your duvet and then drop the sheets off at reception to be washed.

Toilets are showers

None of the rooms are en-suite but there are lots of toilets and shower rooms around and about. Some of the showers are in the washrooms with curtains across but there are also private ones you can lock yourself in.


That’s really all there is to youth hostelling. In open season there’s usually a “be quiet after 11pm” rule but since we will be the only folk in the castle that won’t apply while we’re there.


This particular youth hostel has 3 ghosts!