Whether you’re looking for a bed on a budget or just love the friendly, inclusive vibe that comes with staying at hostels, this special spot definitely deserves a place on your to-stay-at list. The hostel is run by West Yorkshire-based creative arts organisation and registered local charity, IOU. This not-for-profit organisation offers a busy and exciting programme of activities aimed at lovers of the arts, nature, health and well-being.
Just a ten-minute walk from the centre of town, the independent IOU Hostel occupies a lovely and quiet hillside location right next to the historic Birchcliffe Centre. It’ll have you charmed from the moment you arrive. Inside, 14 en-suite rooms are served by a self-catering vegetarian kitchen and a cosy snug area, with direct access to an outdoor space with seating, gardens and woodland. There’s Wi-Fi wherever you are here, while self check-in and check-out just add to the overall convenience.
The hostel’s interior style is contemporary and comfortable, and its indoor spaces are fully accessible. Meanwhile, a peaceful and welcoming mood suits everyone from solo hikers and exploring couples to families or friends visiting Hebden for the culture, shopping and great outdoors. You can even book exclusive use of the property – perfect for a celebration, creative workshop or well-being retreat.
Of course, how long to stay is the big dilemma here: a quick overnighter as you hike the Pennine Way or a week-long stop so you can see all the sights and soak up our town’s famously quirky atmosphere. Either way, don’t worry…because we reckon you’ll be back here in no time at all.