A bunkhouse in the UK


BunkWhat is a Bunkhouse?

By dictionary definition a Bunkhouse is ‘a building offering basic sleeping accommodation for workers’.

The Bunkhouse originated in North America around 1875-1880. They have a history of being used as accommodation for working cowboys on ranches. It had a design of big open rooms with long narrow beds, and little privacy as many of the workers who they were built for would be single men. The modern Bunkhouse will be highly economical and fitted with central heating and electricity. Many are self-catered so will have a kitchen, bathroom and laundry area and common room/living space.


What is the difference between a Bunkhouse and a Hostel?

Most modern bunkhouses will be very similar to hostels; although they have many similarities there are a few things that make bunkhouses different.

• Bunkhouses are located in rural, scenic areas where as hostels can be found anywhere, especially in cities and large towns.

• Most Bunkhouses will only provide a mattress and pillow, so you would have to provide bedding. This is not the case for hostels in the UK.

• Bunkhouses are generally simpler than hostels and therefore are cheaper.

• It is common for Bunkhouses to only take group bookings, if this is not the case, you would have to book the Bunkhouse out for sole use. This is different to a hostel where you can stay just one person for the night.

• There will be plenty of parking at Bunkhouse, whereas a hostel may have little or no parking.


Where will you find Bunkhouses in the UK?

Bunkhouses are typically situated in the countryside, in mountainous, rural areas. They are not always easily accessible by public transport. For example the highlands in Scotland will have plenty of bunkhouses, as well as the rural countryside of England and Wales, such as Snowdonia or Devon. A lot of people who stay in Bunkhouses are lovers of the outdoors.

Most commonly Bunkhouses are used for stag/hen parties, school groups, families/friends on holiday, youth group and sports teams etc. If you are looking to stay in a Bunkhouse then below are a few recommended websites to find and book your accommodation:

Independent Hostel Guide

Group Accommodation

BUNKR Outdoors



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