Hostel Accommodation


Set in its own beautiful grounds within the Snowdonia National Park, Kings has been providing accommodation, catering and a warm welcome to guests since 1937. 


We have vast experience in hosting groups of all types, whether you are staying with us for a family holiday, educational project, field trip, adventure, cultural experience or relaxation. Perhaps a combination of all of these?


We can provide all, some or none of your catering.

Group events can be staffed or unstaffed, whichever you prefer.


There are comprehensive self catering facilities and plenty of communal space for dining, gathering and relaxing.


Kings boasts extensive private grounds for guests  to enjoy. The garden is suitable for sports, bonfires, barbeques and even a refreshing dip in our spectacular mountain stream!



You will enjoy 24 hr access to all the hostel facilities, including kitchen, lounge, dining room, all communal areas and  bedrooms.

There are 7  spacious bedrooms with 6 beds in each.

Four bedrooms are en suite and three share a large communal bathroom.

You can opt for sole use of Kings with 18, 30 or 42 beds, depending upon your group's requirements.

Please contact us for more info and availability.



What to expect

Kings is in a wonderfully rural location.

The hostel accommodation is basic, safe,  very clean, warm, tidy and welcoming. A perfect base for relaxation and adventure. Not a luxury hotel...


Due to our mountain location:

WIFI is free, but very slow.

There is no mobile phone reception.

There is a payphone for social calls. There is land line for emergencies.

There is no television.


The road to the hostel is narrow and steep. We recommend no vehicle larger than a 24 seat minibus.

We can provide a full access statement upon request.


We will provide all your bedding and bed linen.

Please bring your own towels and toiletries.

Please clean as you go, leaving the hostel as you found it.


Kings has excellent self catering facilities and for those who would like a break from cooking, we offer evening meals, packed lunches and breakfast..


Sorry, no pets, including in vehicles in the car parks.

Kings is within a Site of Special Scientific Interest with an array of outstanding wildlife. Not to mention our local sheep and chickens!





Cader Idris

Climb to the summit of this magnificent mountain and admire

the views across Snowdonia.

You can access both the Pony and Fox's path straight from our front door!

Coed y Brenin

This fascinating forest, world famous for it's superb mountain bike trails, is 10 minutes away by car.

Kings has a great bike shed for storing your own bikes or you can hire locally.

Mawddach Trail

Join this beautiful  walk and cycle route directly from the hostel. Journey alongside the spectacular Mawddach estuary and over the iconic railway bridge into Barmouth Harbour.

Adrenaline Attractions

Climbing, abseiling, exploring caverns, canyoning, coasteering, sailing, kayaking, white water rafting, zip lining, pony trekking and even surfing can all be organised locally.

The national White Water Centre  and Zip World are very popular.

Beautiful Sandy Beaches

Our nearest perfect sandy beach is 15 minutes away (by car) at Fairbourne.

On the other side of the estuary, you will find Barmouth. Miles of sandy beaches, an interesting old harbour, shops, mini funfair, arcade and fish, chips and ice cream galore.

Heritage & History

Snowdonia is steeped in history. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Harlech Castle is about 40 minutes away up the coast. Other local places of interest include: Portmeirion Village, Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways and Corris Craft Centre.


Group of 16 from Brighton have had a wonderful stay in this great YHA. So well equipped and comfy. Great outdoor spaces. Warm welcome from manager. Such a lovely setting. Thanks so much for a memorable stay.



Tel +44(0)1341 422392

Kings Youth Hostel,

Islawrdref, Dolgellau, UK, LL40 1TB

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