Edinburgh Central is a 5 star youth hostel located in the heart of Scotland's capital, offering a range of shared accommodation and private rooms, all en-suite. Premium rooms are also available, with TV and coffee making facilities. Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel is an ideal base for individuals, groups or families looking to discover the country's capital city.
Our licensed cafe, Haddington Place, offers tea, coffee and cake as well as a range of snacks and meals throughout the day. There is also a dining room where we serve continental and cooked breakfasts, lunches and dinners for both individuals and groups. Our small self-catering kitchen and dining area downstairs is available to individuals and groups of less than 20.
Perfectly located in the city centre, just 10 minutes on foot from Waverley Railway Station and the bus station, Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel is within walking distance of Edinburgh's main attractions, including Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, the National Museum of Scotland, Dynamic Earth and the Scottish Parliament. Our accommodation is a short walk from Edinburgh Playhouse and the Omni Centre. Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel is a great place to stay if you're planning a trip to the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe Festival, but remember to book early!
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- Access with limited mobility
- Suitable for wheelchair users
Food and Drink
- Alcohol Licence
- Groups meals service
- Individual meals service
- Self-catering kitchen
- Bike store
- Conference & meeting facilities
- Distance to nearest shop Nearby
- En suite rooms available
- Family friendly
- Lockers/luggage store Coin Operated
- Private rooms available
- Suitable for groups
- Total beds 251
- WiFi access (FREE)
- Lounge/TV room
- Distance to airport 7 miles
- Distance to bus stop nearby
- Distance to ferry 15 miles
- Distance to train station 0.25 miles
- Small - 20p per hour
- Medium - 50p per hour
- Large - £1 per hour
For more information please download the full access statement for this youth hostel here. This access statement does not contain personal opinions as to our suitability for those with access needs, but aims to accurately describe the facilities and services that we offer all our guests/visitors.
Open all year
Tel: 0131 524 2090
Reception open 24 hours (For security reasons, the door locks at midnight. Please advise in advance if you are to arrive to check in after this time and ring bell on arrival. Checked in guests can access the building after this time using their swipe card.)
Check in from 15:00
Check out 10:00.
Early check in and late check out if available from an extra £10 per room only.
Guest coin operated lockers:
Coach parking: We recommend that coaches park at Pringles Coach Park, Leith Mills, 70-74 Bangor Road, Edinburgh, EH6 5JU. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Tel: 0131 554 1317
Parking: Car parking is not available at this youth hostel.
All rooms are en-suite.
Premium twin and double rooms are available with TV/DVD and tea & coffee making facilities.
Food and drink - Continental or Scottish breakfast is available from 7:30 to 10:00 and our licensed Haddington Place Cafe is open from 7:30 to 23:00 (serving snacks and meals from 10:00 to 20:30)
Hairdryers, iron & ironing board and cards & games are available for free to use with a deposit. Shower gel, soaps and toiletries available to purchase from reception. Towels are available for hire (available free to private booked rooms).
For a printable version of this information click here to download youth hostel fact sheet.
Please note that we do not accept stag or hen parties at any of our hostels.
Tel: +44 (0) 131 524 2090
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As part of our commitment to sustainability and environmental issues, our youth hostels are assessed by Green Tourism, the largest and most established sustainable certification in the world. The assessment covers areas such as energy saving, waste minimisation, social responsibility and travel.
Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel currently holds a Gold award for Green Tourism. To read more about Hostelling Scotland’s Sustainability Charter, please click here. There are some quick and easy ways that you can make a difference and help us achieve our Green Tourism goals - to read our Responsible Visitor Charter and find out more, please click here.
We encourage our guests to use public transport where possible when travelling to our youth hostels – please see travelinescotland.com to plan your route or speak to youth hostel staff. If you are touring Scotland on two wheels then sustrans.org.uk has a wealth of information on cycling routes, safety and sustainable travel.
Links for local activities and attractions:
- Edinburgh Castle - Edinburgh’s most famous attraction.
- Dynamic Earth - The Mother Earth of all adventures.
- Edinburgh Playhouse - The Edinburgh Playhouse has a number of quality theatre productions showing throughout the year.
- National Museum of Scotland - Explore the diversity of the natural world, world cultures, art and design, science and technology and Scottish history, all under one roof.
- Butterfly & Insect World - Enter a tropical rainforest with hundreds of butterflies and other exotic insects.
- Dalmeny House - Dalmeny House and estate.
- Musical Instrument Museums Edinburgh - Collection Of Historic Musical Instruments
- Real Mary King's Close - Hidden beneath the Royal Mile lies Edinburgh's deepest secret: a warren of hidden 'closes'.
- Rosslyn Chapel - Still a working church this beautiful and mysterious chapel has been made famous by "The Da Vinci Code".
- Royal Observatory Visitor Centre - A university astronomy research group, an establishment of a UK Research Council and a Visitor Centre all on one site.
- Royal Scottish Academy - The home of contemporary art in Scotland.
- Royal Yacht Britannia - Once the ocean-going home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. Discover the heart and soul of this most special of royal residences. (Hostelling Scotland members receive 10% off ticket price)
- Explore Edinburgh like a local. Speak to youth hostel staff about SANDEMANs New Europe Tours. Free tours in 18 cities.
- Trinity House Maritime Museum - An outstanding collection of maritime memorabilia inside an elegant Georgian house.