Hostels in Kent Hostels in Kent

You are looking for hostels in Kent? 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 Kent 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 Kent.

All Cities in Kent

We list every single hostel in Kent and the world. In total, we have 9 cities in Kent 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 Kent 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 Kent. 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 Kent

Kent, England, is the southeastern-most shire in England and is home to some very lovely attractions and scenery. Known as the "Garden State," the countryside is lush and green and just beautiful to drive through. Given that this is the closest part of England to France, this area is rich with history of wars and of the monarchy.

The two most popular destinations for visiting in this area is Dover, where you can catch a ferry to Calais, France, and Canterbury. You can take a train from central London to get to these destinations, but the best way of getting around the shire of Kent is to hire a car and drive it. This will allow you to explore things such as Leeds Castle, just out of Maidstone, where there aren't really any Kent, England hostels and public transport doesn't make it very accessible.

Dover is most famous in England for its beautiful white cliffs. There are caves and tunnels carved into the hillside from the Dover Castle that were used during war times to access the beach quickly and are well worth exploring. There aren't many Kent, England hostels in Dover, so it is best to book in advance to avoid missing out.

Canterbury has a rich history from both the church and the monarchy. Canterbury is where the Church of England was founded and is the home of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Canterbury Cathedral has an incredible history, including the murder of Saint Thomas Beckett, notably one of the most famous Archbishops of Canterbury. The town itself is small but has a really lovely charm to its streets, and it is interesting to wander around and take in the sights for the day. There are Kent, England hostels here, but again, there are not many so you need to make sure that you book in advance to avoid missing out.

If you have a car, make sure you drive through the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and take in the lovely countryside. Driving and just exploring the small towns is the best way to take in the area. There is the odd Kent, England hostel scattered around some of the smaller towns outside of Canterbury and Dover if you want to stay outside of the main touristy areas, so check these out too if off-the-beaten-track is your thing.

expert for Kent hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Kent hostels Globetrotter

Travel Tips for Kent - 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 Kent. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Kent. 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 Kent

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 Kent?

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 Kent 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 Kent 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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