Jersey is home to two hostels, the Jersey Accommodation and Activity Centre, and the Durrell Wildlife Hostel. We’ve stayed in both of them and can offer an inexpensive way to explore Jersey. Plus you’ll be sure to meet and interact with other Jersey travelers, which makes it a great way to holiday on this beautiful island.
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Jersey Accommodation and Activity Centre
The centre can be found near the beautiful east coast, located in St. Martin. This accommodation has been specifically designed to host a large range of guests, from groups to individuals to even large-scale stag or hen parties.
As a result, they have a selection of single rooms, spacious bunk-bed rooms and family rooms. Some of these are en-suite, and the further in advance you book, the more choice of rooms you can have to suit your needs whether you are travelling alone, with friends or with your family – this is the same for their self-catering fully equipped kitchen.
Although this comes at a small additional cost (1-2 people: £3 per day, 3-5 people: £5 per day,) having this facility will give you the freedom to buy and prepare all your own food which can help to keep costs down and spend more time on your daily outdoors adventures.
It’s also a major bonus to bear in mind that their basic price even includes bed and a breakfast buffet, the perfect opportunity to stock up and fuel up for the day!
They also have a private campsite, available to customers who book directly through their service, as well as activities which staff can help to organise for all guests of the hostel, including stargazing, boules, croquet, rounders, football, archery and barbecues.
Jersey Accommodation and Activity Centre Local Area and Directions
Getting around the east of the island couldn’t be easier, especially if you have your own vehicle.
Roads can be small and frequently intercepted by green lanes (limited to 15mph), but exploring these narrow streets is part of the fun! Buses also run around this part of the island; timetables can be checked at www.libertybus.je.
Cliff paths are very accessible from the centre – you can join at any point, or start at one bay and walk as far as you’d like to go (there are also many pubs along the coast, where you can warm up with a hot chocolate or refresh with a pint!)
Durrell Wildlife Hostel
The Durrell Wildlife Hostel is a traditional Jersey farmhouse situated at the northwesterly corner of Jersey Zoo. The hostel has a range of different room types from 1 person dorms to family suites that sleep up to 6 so whether your travelling with family and friends or on a solo adventure, the hostel has somewhere for you!
Included in your stay is a single ticket to the zoo where you will be able to see all of the amazing animals kept there. You will also have free Wi-Fi, laundry services, a TV lounge, and self-catering facilities for you to cook up your own food. The hostel is not far from an array of restaurants, however, if you want to eat out.
Durrell Wildlife Hostel Local Area and Directions
The hostel is located only a ten-minute walk away from the coastal cliff paths of the north. There is a bus stop outside the main zoo entrance that can take you straight to the capital of St Helier which means getting around the island is easy!
Popular Hostel Questions
Prices vary depending on the season and how far in advance you book. You can book a room at the Durrell Wildlife Hostel from £50 and you can book a room at the Jersey Accommodation and Activity Centre from £66.
Both of the Jersey hostels have double rooms available, so it really depends! If you are hoping to get involved with lots of activities, the Jersey Accommodation and Activity Centre would be the best for you whereas if you are excited about being close to the animals, the Durrell Wildlife Hostel is the winner
Both of the hostels have family suites available. If you’re hoping to keep your children entertained with an array of activities such as kayaking, climbing and surfing, then the Activity Centre may be the best choice.
Both of the hostels are based in St Martin in the north east of the island. They are both close to beaches and the rugged northerly clifftops so it really depends on your preference as they both are located in beautiful spots.