Thursday, 12 Dec 2019

The best hostels in Belfast for every type of traveller

How to find the best hostels in Belfast for your trip

More backpackers are choosing to visit Belfast because of its fusion of historical landmarks, traditional pubs and serene parks. Not to mention it’s had a rise in popularity due to it being a major filming location for the hit TV show Game of Thrones. It’s also a student-friendly university town!

Whether you’re staying for a day or indefinitely, be sure to check out the Titanic Museum (not for the movie, but the ship), Belfast Castle, and the Botanic Gardens. Also don’t forget to have a pint or two at Kelly’s Cellars – Belfast’s oldest pub!

When booking a hostel in Belfast, think about what type of adventure you want. The city’s hostels are mostly small and social, but a party scene isn’t completely out of reach. Hostels in Belfast are very affordable and average around £10-15 a night.

Look at which hostels offer social pub crawls or curfews, mixed or single-sex dorms and where they are in relation to public transport or the city centre. Our guide will help you in finding the best hostels in Belfast!

Jump straight to:

      1. Best hostels in Belfast for solo travellers
      2. Best hostels in Belfast for couples
      3. Best party hostels in Belfast
      4. Best cheap hostels in Belfast

Best hostels in Belfast for solo travellers

Northern Irelanders’ are known for their welcoming nature, so it’s the perfect place to visit as a solo traveller. If you’re in a super social mood, head to an Irish pub and you’ll become friendly with the locals in no time! Still, you’ll find plenty of solo travellers at hostels in Belfast from all regions of the globe.

Vagabonds

best hostels in belfast, vagabonds hostel lounge with sofas and bean bags

As a solo-traveller it’s nice to stay in hostels with a homely feel, which Vagabonds Backpackers gives effortlessly. Located in the Queens Quarter, it’s only a few minutes to the city centre, with easy accessibility to the Botanic Gardens and many bars. The hostel has an inviting and social common room, with DVD’s and a book exchange. In summer, the hostel holds BBQ nights in the beer garden for fun evenings. Past guests have said that it’s a great place to make friends, and the staff are very helpful and welcoming. A stay here gives the flexibility for solo chill out time and socialising with people from all over the world!

Hostel Highlights:

  • Free breakfast
  • Games room with TV and PlayStation
  • Book exchange
  • Beer garden/terrace
  • Great location

? Address: 9 University Road, Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland

? Neighbourhood: Queens Quarter

? Nearest Station: Botanic Train Station

Book your stay at Vagabonds now

Botanical Backpackers

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If you are looking for a cosy, family style hostel then you should definitely consider Botanical Backpackers. As a solo-traveller, the independence is rewarding, but we all crave homely comforts. With a 9.5 rating on Hostelworld’s website, the staff have been commended for creating a welcoming and social atmosphere. The hostel also runs Giant Causeway day tours and Black Taxi tours. They provide a plush common area with board games, books, guitars and a record player available for guests to use. Located in the Queen’s Quarter, you are 1 minute from the Botanic Gardens and Ulster Museum, and a 10-15-minute walk to City Hall.

Hostel Highlights:

  • Central location
  • Free Breakfast (with GF and vegan options available)
  • Boardgames and living area
  • Female dorms available

? Address: 63 Fitzwilliam Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland

? Neighbourhood: Queen’s Quarter

? Nearest Station: Botanic Train Station

Book your stay at Botanical Backpackers now

Best hostels in Belfast for couples

There’s nothing quite like a romantic trip to see Northern Ireland’s stunning mountains and vast coastlines. Hostels are a great way for couples to save money while backpacking, with the ability to travel even more!

Farset International

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Farset International offers a hotel experience for a hostel price, so it’s perfect for couples who want a private room in a quiet environment. The hostel is located within its own private grounds next to a wild fowl reserve, so you are guaranteed a good night’s sleep after a long day of sightseeing. Despite its quiet setting, it’s a 15-minute bus ride to Belfast’s Grand Opera House – a key attraction to see! The hostel boasts two restaurants on site, which provide breakfasts, lunch, dinner and high tea, with striking views of the Belfast skyline. Who said hostels can’t be fancy?

Hostel Highlights:

  • Two onsite restaurants
  • Self-catered kitchen
  • Quiet location

? Address: 466, Springfield Road, Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland

? Neighbourhood: Springfield

? Nearest Station: Springfield Road Bus Stop

Book your stay at Farset International now

Belfast International Youth Hostel

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Based in a superb location, the city sights are at your fingertips! The hostel is secure, clean, quiet, AND in the perfect location. While the Belfast International Youth Hostel is apart of the Youth Hostels Association, anyone is welcome to stay! Their private rooms are spacious and inviting, while the hostel also provides common areas for socialising with other guests. Take a romantic stroll from the hostel to attractions such as the university district and Belfast’s waterfront. Previous guests commended the hostel for their accommodating staff and convenient location.

Hostel Highlights:

  • Backpack storage
  • Self-catered kitchen
  • Ideal location
  • On-site café

? Address: 22-32 Donegall Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland

? Neighbourhood: Donegall Pass

? Nearest Stations: Botanic Train Station, Europa Bus Centre

Book your stay at Belfast International Youth Hostel now

Best party hostels in Belfast

While Belfast doesn’t have a renowned nightlife and party culture, there’s definitely opportunities to have a killer night! Whether you want to take on a pub crawl, or dance the night away at a nightclub, the best party hostels in Belfast offer many options.

Global Village

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Nestled within the heart of the city, Global Village hostel provides a fun and social atmosphere for all guests. The hostel staff run pub crawls and the hostel is located in a great location near the city’s major nightclubs, while also being highly secure at night. If you’re keen to stay in but also have a big night, the hostel has a beer garden and a games room with pool and foosball tables. Even if you’re hungover the next morning, key attractions like The Botanic Gardens, Ulster Museum and Queens University are all only a minute walk away!

Hostel Highlights:

  • Beer garden
  • Social activities including pub crawls.
  • Female dorms available
  • Entertainment: DVD’s, boardgames, Wii, guitar, pool and foosball tables.
  • Backpack storage
  • Book exchange

? Address: 87 University Street, Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland

? Neighbourhood: Queen’s Quarter

? Nearest Station: Botanic Train Station

Book your stay at Global Village now

Best cheap hostels in Belfast

If you’re a backpacker, chances are you’re on a tight budget. So, staying in a cheap hostel is vital! But you shouldn’t have to give up quality for a cheap deal. Don’t worry though because we’ve got you covered with the best cheap hostels in Belfast. With Belfast being an emerging destination, prices are quite affordable, without lacking in great hostels.

Belfast City Backpacker

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For a steal of a price, why not stay at Belfast City Backpacker hostel? Starting from £12 a night, you can take advantage of free wifi, free breakfast (and tea and coffee all day), a TV room with Netflix, and a self-catered kitchen. The staff are also self-proclaimed experts on the best pubs in Belfast. The hostel also offers a range of sightseeing tours, including the Giants Causeway and the filming locations for Game of Thrones.

Hostel Highlights:

  • Free city tour
  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Backpack storage
  • TV room

? Address: 53-55 Malone Avenue, Belfast, Northern Ireland

? Neighbourhood: Windsor

? Nearest Station: Adelaide Station

Book your stay at Belfast City Backpacker now

Lagan Backpackers

best hostels in belfast, lagain backpackers lounge area with sofas and projector

Settle in to Northern Irish life at Lagan Backpackers with the “friendliest staff in Belfast.” You’ll feel a part of the family, with free wifi, breakfast, and tea and coffee. In the great location of the Queen’s Quarter, you won’t have to worry about finding all of Belfast’s sights – they’re right at your door! Or if you don’t feel like braving the Northern Irish weather, why not watch a movie in the hostel’s very own cinema room?

Hostel Highlights:

  • Family dinners
  • Cinema and games room
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Book Exchange
  • Luggage storage
  • Great location

? Address: 121 Fitzroy Avenue, Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland

? Neighbourhood: Queen’s Quarter

? Nearest Station: Botanic Train Station

Book your stay at Lagan Backpackers now

Hopefully our list of the best hostels in Belfast will have you quickly organising your trip, and off on your adventure! Let us know in the comments if you’ve stayed at any of the hostels we’ve recommended or there’s one you think should be on this list!

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