Culture vultures looking for a cheap deal should try one of the hostels in York. As well as being handy for city sightseeing and exploring the beautiful historic streets of one of Britain's oldest cities, hostels offer functional, basic accommodation ideal for guests who want to immerse themselves in the rugged splendour of the Yorkshire Dales and just crash out at the end of the day.
Leeds hostels are few and far between but the University and one or two other providers can help you out - when googling hostels in Leeds, make sure you don't book yourself into a bail or homeless hostel! Other West Yorkshire locations such as the picturesque Hebden Bridge, replete with adorable shops, a rich textile heritage, the Hebden Bridge river, traversed by canal boats and a beautiful wooded valley.
The Youth Hostel Association is one of the premier hostel organisations in the country, a charitable organisation founded to help young people enjoy holidays and the great outdoors, with stays in safe, single sex dormitories. They run one of the best Whitby hostels available, which is family friendly and right on the headland.
There are dorms, twins and family rooms available, as well as a common room where you can get to know other guests; another major benefit of youth hostels is their social, community focused atmosphere. Facilities at hostels vary; some are entirely self catering, some offer B&B service and some have meals available at extra cost. As they are aimed at young people they usually have full internet access and luggage storage.
Any cash strapped holiday makers looking to go britpacking or take a staycation should consider a hostel. Yorkshire hostels can offer a surprising level of quality - utilising enormous, elegant historic buildings for multi bed accommodation with high speed internet and amenities from restaurants to pet friendly houses. Youth hostels in York are no exception. The ubiquitous backpacker hostel is well represented as well as more unusual accommodations such as stag and hen hostel accommodation. Some more luxurious providers offer facilities such as hot tubs and sauna room, while others are more basic dorm room providers, but these tend to be cheaper and more suitable for group bookings.