Top Hostels in Northern Ireland – Best Budget Hostels in NI

If you’re planning on heading to Northern Ireland, then you’re in for some real treats. The recent history of the area has led to much rejuvenation and the effect that that modern conflict had on the urban sphere has become an attraction for many outsiders. Aside from that, Northern Ireland is becoming one of the cheaper and more frequented countries in the whole of the United Kingdom, and they’ve got the hostels to handle it!

Belfast is named for the mouth of the Feirste River, today the River Lagan. The hilly surrounds seem to cuddle up to the city, perhaps trying to make it look friendlier. The cityscape is gorgeous, what with its heritage rooted in the past, but its eye set on the future.

Belfast hostels demonstrate a keen understanding of the backpacker’s needs, as can be experienced in the brand new Global Village hostel. The games room and beer garden makes this establishment extra special. You’ll find it right in the center of the city in a great location that brings all the sights and sounds to your fingertips. It’s not far from Donegall Square and City Hall. Nearby you’ll find dozens of pubs and cafes, and the popular St. George’s Market near Central Station offers an easy way to spend a day.

Sleepy Cedars is an equally engaging hostel for travelers of all types. It is housed in a lovely Victorian red brick building and isn’t far from the city center. Its wooden floors and modern facilities present guests with a favorable combination of sophistication and class. It’s also in a great location, with restaurants and bars all within walking distance and the attractions like Saint Anne’s Cathedral and the Titanic Boat Tour close by. There’s plenty more to see from the Botanical Gardens to the political murals along Falls and Shankill roads.

When Belfast has filled your cup, move on to Derry, where more great hostels are waiting for you. The city is famed for the 16th century siege that lasted 105 days. The walls of that time still stand to this day, and pretty much anywhere you stay in Derry, you’ll be near a section. Stay at Paddy’s Place for a true backpacker’s experience. The centrally located hostel was founded by backpackers and offers freebies like traditional Irish music nights. Nearby is the Bogside district where 1972 saw ‘Bloody Sunday’ take place. You’re also well set to check out the Tower Museum to learn all about the city.

If you want to escape the city, Carrowmena Hostel in Limavady is your best option. Set in the countryside, guests are in prime location to hop to sites like Causeway Coast, Lough Foyle and Sperrin Mountain Range. The hostel itself is like a country home away from home.

Another top Northern Ireland hostel with a difference is Derg View House, a small B&B which used to be a village school house. Located near to Omagh, Derg View House is so named because it looks out over the beautiful River Derg. It’s quaint and pretty, and there’s plenty to do nearby. The Old Bushmills Distillery is one of the oldest of its kind, and the Marble Arch Caves take you to an underground world unlike any other.

The next stop in Northern Ireland isn’t that far away. TwentySix is a hostel located in the center of Coleraine. Set in a pleasant town house, TwentySix is a good way to end a long day visiting sites like the Giant’s Causeway and Mountsandel Fort, which is said to be the oldest location of human settlement in Ireland. For beaches, Portrush and Portstewart are both fine options to the north. Many of these places are connected by an old steam train, which makes for an authentic way to see it all.

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