The official youth hostel is about one mile east of the city centre, housed in a curious, rambling three-story Victorian villa that is easy enough to get lost in, with its split levels and winding staircases.
Beds are in reasonably sized, four-person dorms, complete with a small writing table and chair, and cost a shocking £16 for members, with a £2 surcharge for non-members. Sheets and thin blankets are supplied, but be warned -- the heating system isn’t great, and the rooms can get a little chilly. Indeed, the hostel closes from early December until January. The price seems high, even though it does include a reasonable breakfast, served from 8am until 9am in the dining room.