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Welcoming city adventurers, thrill seekers, foodies, social butterflies, school groups, digital nomads, gap-yearers, daydreamers and deep sleepers, all under one roof.

The Fort is a coming together of like-minded souls, slap bang in the middle of York.

The original art-inspired hostel

The Fort opened its doors in 2011 with a unique take on the boutique hostel experience. Inspired by our own travels, we wanted to create somewhere that was much more than a place to get your head down. Our design-led rooms are well-equipped for the modern traveller, with luxury bedding, free superfast WiFi, shared chill out areas, secure lockers, laundry, mod con kitchens, original artworks and 24/7 access. Outside, nobody is closer to York’s must-see sights and sounds. York Minster, Bettys, the city walls and the UK’s favourite shopping streets are all a hop, skip and jump away. By night, the party comes to you, as our on-site bars and social scene are the beating heart of the area, giving you plenty of opportunity to live like a local and meet your fellow guests.


Stay in comfort, whatever your preferred travel style. With 60 beds spread across private rooms and spacious shared dorms with 6-8 beds, The Fort is flexible enough to accommodate large groups yet always be considerate of solo travellers. Our themed rooms are inspired by York’s cultural past and its creative underbelly, breaking away from the bland canvases of other budget stays.

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Reasons to stay…

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    Dorms and private rooms

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    Free superfast Wi-Fi

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    Onsite bars and restaurants

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    Free tea & coffee

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    Freeview TV Channels

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    Key safe for late arrivals/departures

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    Wet rooms

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    24/7 access

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    Kitchen facilities

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    Chill-out areas

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    Luggage storage

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    Co-working areas

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    Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Like you, we love to travel. We’re also deeply passionate about York. We make it our collective mission to help you to make the most out of your stay, in a way that is fun, never-too-much-trouble and in-tune with what’s happening in York right now.


How to get here:

We’re less than a 10 minute walk from york station. Turn left out of the main station building and follow the road round, heading towards York Minster. Cross Skeldergate bridge, turning right at Lendal and you’ll soon see The Ivy and Bettys. Turn left at the square onto Stonegate where you’ll find Kennedy’s Bar and The Fort.

If you’re arriving into Manchester Airport, there’s a direct train to York. Leeds Bradford airport is a bus journey or taxi ride away.

If you must drive, there’s plenty of car parks nearby. Please note that York city centre is pedestrianised during the day so it will involve a brief walk.

It’s closer than you think, taking less than 2hrs door-to-door by train!


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    Nightlife. Next Door.

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    York Minster. Hop, skip and a jump.

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    Shambles. Short stroll.

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    York Racecourse. Walk or taxi.

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    Shopping. All around us.

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    Ghost tour. 30 seconds away.

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    Bettys. 100 metres.

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    York train station. 10 minute walk.

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    Galleries & Museums. Round every corner.

Group Bookings

Being the one in charge of booking rooms for a large group can be a real pain. Let us take care of it for you. Whatever your group size or travel plans, our team are on hand to find the right combinations of rooms, activities and meals to meet your needs.

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    Booking concierge

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    Transport solutions

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    Choice of rooms

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    Best rates guaranteed

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    No hidden extras

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    Hens & Stags welcome

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    All-day dining options

Space room

Food & Drink

Our sister bars and restaurants are on-hand to fuel your adventures from breakfast well into the early hours. Devour locally-sourced dishes in the light, bright Kennedy’s bar and restaurant or take a tour of the Mediterranean, with delicious tapas and wine pairings in our secret underground hideaway, Sotano. Both venues also boast a lively cultural calendar, hosting open mic nights, DJ sets and dancing most nights of the week. Lucky you!