Join the VisitEngland Hostel Scheme


About the scheme

This scheme assesses accommodation ranging from rural bothies to large group youth hostels with activities on offer. Not all types of hostel are given a star rating, but all of them must meet a set of minimum requirements.

There are 3 different membership levels for the Hostel scheme.

Quality Star Rating

This involves an assessment testing all services, resulting in a star rating (from 3 to 5) if the criteria are met. When you apply to join the scheme, you’ll be assessed and rated by a professional assessor who will visit as a mystery guest. The assessor will then discuss their visit and give you constructive feedback.

As well as your establishment having a page on, you'll have access to VisitEngland logos, signage, and a range of marketing benefits.

Download an application form

View the current Hostel scheme fees

Note: The following types of hostels are only available for Quality Assessed or Visitor Ready membership, but must still meet or exceed minimum standards of cleanliness, maintenance and quality:

Bunkhouse: Rural accommodation, which can be booked by groups or individuals. Services and facilities may be limited but will include a self-catering facility.

Camping Barn (bothy, bod): These provide very simple accommodation in a rural setting, often referred to as ‘stone tents’. They have the advantage of being roomy and dry. Visitors should normally expect to bring their own sleeping bags and cooking equipment. Groups or individual travellers may be accepted.


Quality Assessed

This accreditation level involves a full assessment’ testing all services to ensure minimum quality standards are met, but with no star rating awarded. Properties are eligible for, and may achieve, other associated awards such as our Welcome scheme accolades.

View current fees and download an accreditation application form


Visitor Ready

This is a free, entry-level accreditation scheme that will provide your business with a digital badge to verify that all mandatory legal requirements are being met. Displaying the badge on your website will show that you are a safe and trusted venue to visit.
Your Visitor Ready account can also be used as a secure online wallet for your compliance documents, and you can receive reminders for when documents need to be renewed.

Sign up to Visitor Ready

Contact us

Email your form to [email protected] or call us on 01256 338350.

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