Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel

About About this youth hostel

Edinburgh Central offers 5 star VisitScotland accredited hostel accommodation in the heart of the city, close to major transport links and ideally positioned for exploring Scotland's capital.

Various room types are available from singles and family rooms to shared dorms with individual lockers. All are en-suite and premium rooms come with a TV, USB sockets and coffee making facilities.

Relax in the hostel’s welcoming vibrant spaces - perfect for socialising. Our café bar is open from 7am to 11pm daily offering a selection of assorted teas/coffees cakes and cookies and alcoholic beverages. If you wish to self-cater, there’s the option of a small but well-equipped guest kitchen. Or, if you’re looking for a little more privacy,  a small meeting room is available to hire for functions, meetings and special events.

WiFi is free for all guests and other amenities include a laundry, a secure bike store and luggage storage for anyone arriving early and eager to head off right away to explore the city!

The hostel is just ten minutes on foot from Waverley railway station, the bus station and close to York Place tram stop. Parking near Edinburgh Central is possible, with on-street Pay & Display spaces in the surrounding area and at nearby Greenside Car Park (contact the hostel directly for more information).

For information on hostel accessibility please click here

We’re committed to delivering the highest levels of cleanliness. To find out more about our Cleanliness Commitment please click here.

Book with Confidence. To find out more about our Covid-19 Flexibility Guarantee, please click here.

Please note, there are currently road restrictions in place on Leith Walk due to the ongoing tram works. As a result there is limited access to the hostel by car.

Why stay?

  • Great Central Location
  • Comfortable Private Rooms

For information on our COVID-19 practices and what to expect when staying with us please visit the FAQ’s section. Please also be aware of Scottish Government guidance when making your booking.

Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel

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9 Haddington Place EH7 4AL Get Directions

Facilities & Services


Open all year

Reception Hours

Open 24 hours

Check in

16:00 - 21.00

Check out

07.00 - 10:00

Access Hours

We are happy to welcome you. Subject to availability: early check-in and late check out may be available for an extra £10 per room.


Free Wifi

Private Rooms

En Suite Rooms

Family Rooms

Suitable for Groups



Alcohol Licence

Lounge/TV Room

Laundry Room

Secure Lockers

Luggage Store

Bike Store

Towel Hire

Shopping Nearby

Conference/Meeting Facilities

Free Tea and Coffee in Guest Kitchen

Suitable for Wheelchair Users

Access with limited mobility

Guest Reviews

Reasons to visit

More than just Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to one of the world's most famous summer festivals. One of the UK's most popular tourist destinations, Edinburgh boasts a plethora of world-class visitor attractions including a number which are free: the National Museum of Scotland, Royal Botanic Gardens, Scottish National Gallery, St Giles Cathedral, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Scottish Parliament Visitor Centre. Many attractions also offer regular free guided tours.

From film locations to museums and galleries, fantastic shopping, a vibrant nightlife and fine or relaxed dining - you can even climb Arthur's Seat, an extinct volcano! Add to this the spectacular surroundings of the majestic Lothians, or the opportunity to take a rail trip to the Scottish Borders, and you've got a recipe for an unforgettable break.

Whatever you're looking for Edinburgh has it in bundles and will have you coming back for more!

Some experiences not to be missed:

  • Sunrise from Arthur's Seat
  • The Forth Bridges and the new Queensferry Crossing
  • Underground streets of Mary King's Close
  • The Old Town and Royal Mile
  • Lunch in the Grassmarket
  • Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Palace of Holyrood
  • The Elephant House Café (famous from the Harry Potter films)
  • Take in a free performance at the 'Fringe Festival'
  • Whisky tastings!

Look out for free walking tours including: 'Old Town Tour ' and the 'Potter Trail' (muggles welcome).

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