Cardiff's Best Hostels for Backpackers

Cardiff is a port city on the south coast of Wales, where the River Taff meets the Severn Estuary. It was proclaimed the nation's capital in 1955, and has embraced its role as capital with vigor, emerging in the new millennium as one of Britain's leading urban centers. The revitalized waterfront at Cardiff Bay includes the Wales Millennium Centre, home of the national opera, orchestra, theater and dance companies, plus shops at Mermaid Quay. Architect Richard Rogers' strikingly modern Senedd building houses the Welsh National Assembly. The city's confidence is infectious, and these days it’s not just the rugby that draws crowds into the city. Come the weekend, a buzz reverberates through the streets as swarms of shoppers hit the Hayes, followed by waves of revelers descending on the capital’s thriving pubs, bars and live-music venues. Cardiff makes an excellent base for day trips to the surrounding valleys and coast, where you’ll find castles, beaches, interesting industrial sites and ancient monuments. so there's no shortage of things to do here, and these hostels provide an excellent base for exploring the area.
How much do hostels in Cardiff cost?
Average Dorm Price $27 ($20 to $38)
Average Double Private Room Price (in a hostel) $52 ($50 to $55)

Where are the best hostels in Cardiff?

Despenser Street Riverside , Cardiff Wales
NosDa has a great location in the Welsh capital. On the River Taff, NosDa is opposite Wales' most iconic building, the Millennium Stadium (Cardiff Castle and Cardiff Central Station are just a stone’s throw away). NosDa means ‘good night’ in Welsh and that is what the hostel offers. It is the only property on the River Taff with a licensed bar and NosDa is an established live music venue too. What better place to stay than a typically Welsh property with local bands, Welsh food and drinks, and local artists bringing you closer to the Welsh culture. The property regularly organizes beer festivals and Open Mic nights, and all Rugby World Cup and 6 Nations games are featured on the big screen. Even though NosDa is one of the largest properties in Cardiff, it is proud to have the reputation of being friendly and personal with well-travelled international and local staff on hand 24/7. NosDa is experienced in group accommodation and offers a variety of room types to suit all needs. They have a great communal kitchen and plenty of common space to chill out, watch TV, read a book, or catch up on emails. Meet your fellow travelers while tasting some local ales and ciders. Free Wi-Fi and linen are included with your stay and breakfast, towels, and car park is available for an additional fee.

109 St Mary Street , Cardiff Wales
Mrs. Potts is enclosed in a centrally located, beautiful building designed by Alfred Waterhouse, the architect who designed the Natural History Museum in London. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the building and a beautiful kitchen where you can share your favorite recipes with your fellow travelers. They have a common room with a T.V and iMacs for you to browse the internet or catch up with what’s happening at home. Free maps are available from reception and the staff will happily direct you to all the local places of interest, including some hidden gems. The property is located centrally on St Mary Street which is just two minutes' walk from Cardiff Central Railway Station. Cardiff Castle is a two-minute walk away and the Victorian shopping arcades are on your doorstep. Sports fans will find the Millennium Stadium just behind the facility on St Mary Street. They offer small dormitories with cabin style beds that include linen, privacy curtains, usb ports, power socket, large locker, and reading lights. All people under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and book out rooms privately. Towels are available for hire.

Dorm Bed: $37.83
Overall Rating: 94%
94 St Mary street Cardiff , Cardiff Wales
Bunkhouse Cardiff is just a two minute walk from the central train station and 5 minutes from the Megabus stop, making it Cardiff’s most central hostel. Located in a beautiful Victorian building situated on the oldest shopping street in the city center, the hostel offers affordable accommodation in clean, well maintained dormitories. They have a total of 103 beds over 8 Dormitories. These range in sizes between 6 and 25 beds. Male/Female only dorms are also available. Only guests 18 and over are welcome. Free breakfast, Wi-Fi, and linens are included and towels are available for hire.

Private Room: $24.94
Overall Rating: 94%
59 Fitzhamon Embankment , Cardiff Wales
Being family owned and run by a brother and sister team, this Cardiff hostel feels more like you are staying with a local family rather than the usual hostel experience.

The breakfast is second to none and is included in the price of your stay. The full communal kitchen is perfect for meal prep. The facility is in a great location, only a 5 minutes' walk from buses, trains and attractions, they offer a walking tour 3 times a week, and the Wi-Fi is fast, free, and covers every inch of the house. Linens are included and towels are available for hire.
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