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This is a small site in its own wooded valley (part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest), on the bottom slopes of the Cader Idris mountain, about four miles from the town of Dolgellau. It is in a lovely location and has views of mountains all around. The Afon Gwynant river runs along the edge of the site and there is plenty of car parking right next to the campsite.

Once checked in, you have 24-hour access to the hostel facilites - hot showers, toilets, a fully-equipped self-catering guest kitchen (the downstairs loos and the kitchen having been refurbished in 2015), lounge, dining room, drying room, books and games, and a fully-licensed bar. Our bar proudly serves a very reasonably priced range of beers, including local ales, and wines. As well as full hot breakfasts - including a delicious full Welsh brekkie - we also offer fresh, home-cooked evening meals, desserts, light lunches, special kids' meals and even picnics to take away for when you're out and about during the day. Just check out our menu board at reception.

There is no mobile phone signal at all on any network but there is a payphone. Please note, that with the exception of registered assisted guide dogs, unfortunately we cannot accept dogs on the site at all.

This site is a member of YHA group.

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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away



Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport


Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area


Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome


Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed




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Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven


Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Communal freezer

Communal fridge

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby


Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

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  • Kings, Penmaenpool, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, Wales, LL40 1TB
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 52.7257°N 3.9510°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Sportsman — 16.0 miles
Tesco — 16.0 miles
Market Square — 16.8 miles
Train stations
Morfa Mawddach Rail Station — 3.6 miles
Barmouth Rail Station — 4.4 miles
Fairbourne Rail Station — 4.6 miles
Ferry ports
Porth Penrhyn Ferry Landing — 4.2 miles
Barmouth Ferry Landing — 4.3 miles
Anglesey Airport — 43.9 miles


From the A470, turn on to the A493 (just north of Dolgellau), signposted for Tywyn. About one mile west of the village of Penmaenpool, at bottom of a slope, just before the bridge over the river, take the turning on the left with a big brown sign saying 'Youth Hostel 1 mile'. Follow the tarmac road up to the youth hostel and park in the car park.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Walking for all levels and abilities straight from the site - take a hike up Cadair Idris mountain, a more gentle stroll across to the Cregennan Lakes, or just wander off into the stunning landscape all around the site here in the quieter southern end of Snowdonia National Park.

For bikers, there is the mountain bike mecca of Coed Y Brenin about 20 minutes away, or the trails at Machynnleth and Bewts y Coed. For those looking for something a bit less strenuous there is the Mawddach trail - a nine-mile-long old railway line that hugs the shoreline of the the Mawddach estuary between Dolgellau and Barmouth. There's also the Centre for Alternative Technology, King Arthur's Labyrinth, Corris Craft Centre, Harlech Castle, Llanfair Slate Caverns, Tal y Llyn Railway , and loads more attractions. Alternatively you also have huge uncrowded sandy beaches at Fairbourne and Barmouth.

Must see

  • MOMA Wales - Y Tabernacl (10.1 miles)
  • CADW - Harlech Castle (11.3 miles)
  • Rheilffordd Talyllyn Railway (11.5 miles)

National Trust

  • Ty^ Mawr Wybrnant (23.1 miles)
  • Plas yn Rhiw (28.8 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

  • Does Kings Youth Hostel have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Kings Youth Hostel dog friendly? No View all features
  • What attractions are near Kings Youth Hostel? Walking for all levels and abilities straight from the site - take a hike up Cadair Idris mountain, a more gentle stroll across to the Cregennan Lakes, or just wander off into … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Kings Youth Hostel?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  12 p.m. –  Anytime
    Depart by:  10:30 a.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  4 p.m. –  Anytime
    Depart by:  10 a.m.

    Reception open 8am to 10am and 5pm to 10pm. Late arrivals must notify us as soon as possible. Please vacate site by 10.30am on day of departure.

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Additional terms

We cannot accept bookings for under 16s without adult supervision.

Campers are welcome to use all the hostel facilities but as with all our guests they are expected to leave them in a clean and tidy condition.

Please note this is a dog-free site with the exception of registered assistance dogs. That includes all hostel buildings, grounds and any vehicles parked in our car parks.

We are a fully licensed hostel and so guests are not permitted to bring their own alcohol onto the site since this would leave us open to potential legal proceedings. We do have a fully stocked bar selling a range of economically priced beers and wines including local ales.

Meals available from £2.99 to £5.99.

All woodland surrounding the hostel is a site of Special Scientific Interest and it is illegal to collect wood from here. Several places in Dolgellau sell logs or please do bring your own for barbecues and campfires.