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Bournemouth Backpackers Hostel, 3 Frances Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3RY, ENGLAND.
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Our winter maintenance work is taking a little longer than expected and so we are unable to take guests or reservations at the moment. We will reopen for High Season on Sunday 24 May. The reservation form will be live again from Sunday 26 April.

Possible Summer Work at Bournemouth Backpackers

We're considering employing a full-time live-in warden for the hostel during High Season this year (June-August). It's not certain at this stage, but if you are interested, paste in some information about yourself and maybe a text version of your CV, via the "contact the management" form.

You would need to be 18 or over and legally allowed to work in the UK (this will be verified). You must speak good English and have work, or academic referees, that can be checked by us in English (or maybe German). Some foreign languages would be beneficial, especially German, but also French, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish or Dutch/Flemish. You would need to be trustworthy, hard-working, good with people, responsible, assertive when needed and able to deal with problems. It would obviously be better if you are already in the UK, or planning to come this summer in any case. Please no heavy drinkers and no party animals, it's a non-smoking, green'ish, calm, and relaxing hostel :)

Please be aware that a number of hotels, guest houses and reservation sites are advertising hostel accommodation in Bournemouth that is not hostel accommodation. Be careful when making reservations through one of these booking sites as the accommodation and the price may not be what you expected. We advise you to book direct with the place that you want to stay to avoid any confusion or disappointment.

Free Wifi has been extended to give an extra 2 hours per day: now 07:00-10:00 and 16:00-22:00.

Check-out time has been extended by half an hour to 10:30.

New Printable Guide (PDF, 68 Kb) to Bournemouth Backpackers Hostel which you can print off and take with you on your travels.

About Bournemouth

Bournemouth & Poole Backpackers Hostel in the U.K.

Welcome to Bournemouth, and its neighbour Poole, on the sunny(ish) south coast of England, one of the UK's leading seaside resorts. We have miles of clean, sandy beaches (which meet the European Union's "Blue Flag" standards) with two piers and one of the world's largest natural harbours - offering a wide variety of watersports.

Bournemouth has several retail centres, top English language schools, a well established university, renowned nightlife and a host of local activities.

We have year-round casual work - well suited to international working holiday makers. Work opportunties and our cheap Low Season rates make the hostel a good winter base to save up some well-needed travel money for the summer.

Bournemouth is a great base for exploring the beautiful Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire scenery. Cheap bus passes allow unlimited travel over a wide area - giving easy access to many local attractions. Backpacker day trips can be booked with Discover Dorset. The nearby Jurassic Coast is one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world and is now World Heritage Listed (along with The Grand Canyon in the USA and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia). The long distance South West Coastal Path, which begins on the other side of Poole Harbour, provides outstanding views.

Also on the other side of the Harbour lies Purbeck: a beautiful and easily accessible area, with the pretty resort of Swanage, ancient pubs and the ruins of the medieval Corfe Castle. To the east of Bournemouth lies the New Forest with its famous ponies.

The area is rich in history and legends:
Thomas Hardy, Lawrence of Arabia, The Tolpuddle Martyrs, Dorset smugglers, Badbury Rings, Maiden Castle, Corfe Castle, The Cerne Abbas Giant, etc. etc.

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Some views of the Bournemouth/Poole area
Day trips for wet days :(
Day trips for dry days :)

Getting to Bournemouth


Bournemouth has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and mainland Europe and is becoming a useful gateway to the UK for budget travellers.

By Air

Bournemouth International Airport is served by several budget airlines including: RyanAir, EasyJet and ThomsonFly. Bournemouth International Airport is linked to the Travel Interchange (less than 5 minutes walk from the backpackers hostel) by a direct hourly bus service. Taxis waiting at the airport and can also take you to the backpackers hostel.

Southampton International Airport is approximately 50 km (40-50 minutes) from Bournemouth and has a fast, direct train service to Bournemouth 2-3 times per hour. Southampton International Airport is served by a number of airlines, including the budget airline FlyBe.

Bournemouth has convenient bus/coach connections with London Heathrow Airport. FlightLink (operated by National Express) run direct bus/coach services from Heathrow to Bournemouth approximately every two hours: these buses take two hours to reach Bournemouth. Flightlink also provide a bus/coach services from London Gatwick and London Stanstead Airports to Bournemouth. Train travel from London (Heathrow and Stansted) Aiports to Bournemouth is generally indirect and expensive. The train from London (Gatwick) Airport to Bournemouth is, however, more competitive.

By Land and Sea

Poole ferry terminal is approximately 1.5 km. from Poole railway station, where regular trains reach Bournemouth in approximately 15 minutes. Ferry services are operated by Brittany Ferries and Condor, offering connections to St. Malo and Cherbourg (France) as well as the Channel Islands.

There are direct National Express bus/coach services to Bournemouth from many parts of the U.K.. Bus/coach travel is generally cheaper than train travel in the UK. National Express Buses leave from Victoria Coach Station in London approximately every hour and take approximately 2 hours 30 mins to complete the journey. Young persons (under 25) can buy a discount card giving them one third off these fares. Phone (08705) 808080 for National Express information. Megabus also run several buses per day from London to Bournemouth at low prices. Greyhound buses also have more legroom and free Wifi.

Bournemouth has direct train services from London, Scotland, The North East and the Midlands. Trains from London leave from Waterloo Station, roughly twice an hour and usually take around 1 hour 45 minutes to reach Bournemouth. Train discount cards can be bought by young persons (under 26) and full-time students. An off-peak discount card for South East England (Network Card) can be bought by others. Discounted train tickets to Bournemouth from London are sometimes available from MegaTrain. Phone (08457) 484950 for all train information.

The Backpackers Hostel

Bournemouth Backpackers Hostel is now in its sixteenth season and is ideally located. It is family owned and operated by experienced international travellers. We provide excellent value accommodation, it's a home away from home and a great place to meet people if you are travelling alone. As you can see from our comments page, most of our guests don't want to leave.

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Inside the Backpackers Hostel

Reception Hours, Prices and Reservations

Important Information about Reception Hours and Check-in

We are a very small backpacker hostel and to keep our prices low we don't have full time staff. This means that check-in times are limited especially in Low Season. EVERY GUEST must therefore arrive, pay in cash and show their official photo ID during reception hours. There are unfortunately no exceptions.

So please read the following information carefully to avoid disappointment.

Hostel Closed (until 24 May 2015)

As the hostel is not profitable during the winter months and so that we can carry out essential maintenance, the hostel is closed until Sunday May 24th. The reservation form will be live again from Sunday 26 April.

High Season (24 May 2015 to 30 August 2015)

Reception is open for enquiries and check-in every day (except Saturday) from 17:30 to 18:30. It is never possible to check-in on Saturdays: Friday and Saturday nights are therefore sold together as a two night block. Guests can check-out automatically, at any time, until 10:30. A reservation is not required.

If you are staying several days in Bournemouth and are arriving after reception has closed, you can find a cheap hotel for the first night and check-in with us the next day. If you arrive before reception opens, luggage can be left at the Bournemouth Tourism Office at the Travel Interchange (train/bus station) for a small charge; luggage cannot be left at the hostel before you check-in. You can then have a look around town until we open.

You can make a reservation by telephone during reception, or at any time by completing the reservation enquiry form. All reservations must either be reconfirmed or cancelled the day before, this can be done by replying to an email booking, by telephone or voicemail. Once reconfirmed beds are reserved on the day of arrival until reception closes at 18:30. At check-in guests are asked to pay in cash for the nights they have reserved as we have no credit card facility.

High Season Prices*
(minimum reservation 2 consecutive nights).
~~ Sunday Special Weekly Rates ~~
7 nights in a dormitory from Sunday for only GBP 84 per person (saving GBP 22 on daily rates).
Get a second consecutive week for only GBP 76 and save even more.
7 nights in a twin room from Sunday for GBP 179 for 2 persons (saving GBP 75 on daily rates).
Dormitory (per person) GBP 14.00*GBP 14.00*GBP 14.00*GBP 14.00*GBP 14.00*2 night block
GBP 36.00
Twin Room (incl. 2 people)
Two separate bunk beds, shared bathroom
GBP 34.00*GBP 34.00*GBP 34.00*GBP 34.00*GBP 34.00*2 night block
GBP 84.00
*One night stays cannot be booked, but are sometimes available on (Sundays-Thursdays)
 for people who arrive during reception without a reservation and cost GBP 3.00 extra per person.

*We provide clean bed sheets at check-in. If you extend your stay on weekly rates, you are responsible for washing them.
Towels and food not included. Prices correct for April 2015, but are subject to change. Terms and conditions apply.

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Useful Links

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European Hostel Guide, Backpax Magazine, The Backpacker Network,,, WoW Backpacking - Hostels in SW England,,
i Dorset - The Dorset Directory

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