Hostels in Dorset Hostels in Dorset

You are looking for hostels in Dorset? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. helps you to find your Dorset hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Dorset.

All Cities in Dorset

We list every single hostel in Dorset and the world. In total, we have 8 cities in Dorset for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All Dorset hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Dorset. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Dorset

Dorset is a county on the south coast of England which takes in a number of large towns, small villages and part of the Jurrasic coast. It enjoys a climate that is more pleasant than a lot of the UK. Whilst there are a few hostels in Dorset, there may just be one hostel in a particular town, so advance booking would be wise. Trains and buses run throughout the area but may be less frequent in the less populated areas. Hostels are also scarcer in the smaller places.

Bournemouth is the biggest town in Dorset with a population over 180,000. The long, sandy beach is popular in the summer and has two piers. The town centre has a good range of shops and a large concert venue. The Russell-Cotes museum by the beach was originally a large, private home now turned over to the town complete with a collection of exhibits gathered from around overseas trips. The town centre tends to liven up at weekends with hen nights and revellers enjoying the pubs and clubs.

Poole is the town next to Bournemouth and the home for Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and for Bournemouth's university. In Poole, "The Lighthouse" is not a lighthouse at all, but rather a centre for the arts including a theatre and cinema. Poole has a large natural harbour and this is the place to catch a boat ride out to Brownsea Island which is popular for nature walks. Sandbanks is a peninsula in Poole, famous for its immensely expensive properties and views across the sea.

The ruins of the 11th century, Corfe Castle is near to Swanage. Swanage is a small seaside town to the south of Poole and this is the place to catch a ferry to the large Isle of Wight. Swanage is close to Old Harry Rocks which marks one end of the Jurassic coast line. Dorset is blessed with a beautiful coastal walk which goes through Kimmeridge, Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, Osmington, Weymouth, Fortuneswell, Abbotsbury, Chesil Beach, West Bay, Lyme Regis and ends in the county of Devon at Exmouth.

The Jurrasic coast is designated as a World Heritage site and covers 96 miles and 180 years of geology. It provides dramatic views, fascinating rock formations, and possibly some seal spotting. Rock falls do occur and there maybe the opportunity to find fossils.

Other notable areas include the market towns of Christchurch with its 11th century priory and Dorchester which was the inspiration for the books of Thomas Hardy. Weymouth is a bigger town which has a lot of Georgian architecture and a beach with many attractions for children like donkey rides and puppet shows.

Dorset has plenty to offer for all age groups and for any length of stay.

expert for Dorset hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Dorset hostels Charli

Travel Tips for Dorset - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Dorset. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Dorset. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

FAQ on Hostels in Dorset

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as, and While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Dorset?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in Dorset here on Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.


Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Dorset safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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