Belfast International Youth Hostel

22-23 Donegall Road, Belfast, BT12 5JN, United Kingdom

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    Too big and lacks character


    I had booked my first two nights in Belfast at Vagabonds, but coming back in the end of my trip there was no female dorm available at Vagabonds, so I booked a female dorm at Belfast International Hostel instead. I made my bookings about a month ahead.

    I booked a four-bed ensuite female dorm for £15.50 (March 2011). Breakfast is not included in that price, but there is a café, open in the mornings, downstairs.

    The room was clean and so was the bathroom. There were lookers under the bed (you will need your own padlock) and bedside lamps for each bed. On the wall there was four hangers, but there were no chair or table to put things on. I stayed on the third floor and traffic noise could be heard. The first night it was quite cold, but I guess that was because I didn’t turn on the heater. Someone must have done that the next night, because it was not cold.

    In the bathroom there was no place to put things, not even a hanger for a towel. The shower didn’t work, so I used one down the corridor instead.

    On the second floor there is supposed to be a common room with TV and a library, but my card didn’t get me access to that floor. On the first floor (ground floor) there is an area with computers and a machine where you buy time for them. There is a café open in the mornings and a kitchen to use for guests. I kept my own breakfast in the kitchen, but there was no coffee or tea available for free as there is in most hostels, so in the morning I bought a coffee at the Causeway Café when it opened. A medium Coffee Americano was £1.60.

    Belfast International hostel is situated just off Shaftesbury Square and it is not far from Europa Bus Centre, so the location is convenient. But it is too big and lacks character.

    Directions: Just off Shatesbury Square.

  • catherineneill's Profile Photo

    Newly refurbished rooms


    Newly refurbished this hostel is of a very good quality (and i know, ive stayed in my fair few share) Handy to the train station, bus station and subsequently the whole city center (belfast is very small) this hostel is perfect for those on a budget and is family friendly too. It wont accept hen or stag dos or sport/university teams out of respect for other guests.

  • Catspjm's Profile Photo

    Winter in Belfast


    With the reputation of being one of the UK’s best youth hostels, trade is always brisk and booking in advance is a must where possible.
    One thing I feel I must point out however is that the hostel is in quite a bad area. During the June and July there can be considerable amounts of political trouble in this area. Over the last number of years riots and both racial and sectarian attacks have occurred. Ironically, at any other time of the year, the area isn’t too bad, but I could not in all conscious recommend it to visitors over the summer period.

    Unique Quality: Possibly Days Hotel woul dbe a better option for travellers. In a better area and really not that much more expensive, especially with two or three sharing a room.

More about Belfast International Youth Hostel

Day trips in and around the city

by oneonta_ni

Belfast International Youth Hostel offers day trips to various places around the city and the eastern part of Northern Ireland. They offer an overnight trip to the Giant's Causeway, a tour of Belfast and a tour of Carrickfergus Castle. I haven't been on any of these tours and I am only putting the information here because many people ask about day trips around Belfast.

You can learn more about these trips by going to the minicoach website.

Minibus Tour of the "Troubles" Area

by birchy99

Go down to the Belfast International Youth Hostel and make arrangements for a minibus tour with Rodney. The bus picks you up about 0900 and whisks you to the Troubles. Block after block of murals and fences and grafitti plus lurid descriptions of the events and atrocities committed. Rodney appears to be neutral, neither favorring one side or the other.
The tour stops at several murals where you may debus and take photos. It then proceeds to a castle up on the west hillside (whose name I've forgetten) for a coffee break. Thence back down to Belfast city center where you can leave the tour or continue on to the starting point. Total duration about 2.5 hours.
The cost was reasonable about 10 dollars and the guides were pleasant and knowlegeable.

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hostels + bars in belfast?

by funkyboy78

Hi there! going to Belfast for the first time in the middle of september to spend a weekend looking forward to it.
I haven't found any hostels yet around the city maybe you guys can give me a hand + i'd like to visit few bars/clubs possibly where the locals go as i'd love to meet and have a chat with the people who live in it.

Re: hostels + bars in belfast?

by oneonta_ni

Ciao Gas

For hostels, have a look here:

The Ark, The Linen House and the Belfast International Youth Hostel are all hostels - the others are guesthouses and small hotels. There is also a place called Arnies - - which is in a good location. Personally, I wouldn't recommend the location of the Linen House. The BIYH is the closest to the city centre.

There are plenty of bars everywhere in the city - trust me, you won't go thirsty! Go to the Botanic Inn (near the university) for a student atmosphere. Head to Shaftsbury Square for a more mixed crowd and to the city centre for the more posh crowd. The locals hang out everywhere - except perhaps The Crown, which is one of the most expensive pints in town. (But you are benefitting a charity :o).

Contact VT member Suzanne_M for VT meetings - she loves to organise them!

Enjoy your visit and if you have any other questions, let me know!


Re: Re: hostels + bars in belfast?

by Ciaran27

The more "trendy bars" to visit are The Apartment in Donegall Square West. Bar Red or 10 Square as it's also known, in Donegall Square South.

As for Clubs, there is Milk in Tomb Street and La Lea in Brunswick Street.

Have a good time!


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Address: 22-23 Donegall Road, Belfast, BT12 5JN, United Kingdom