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The IOU Hebden Bridge Hostel is set in stunning woodland and gardens in the vibrant town of Hebden Bridge, close to the Pennine Way.

We are proud to be Yorkshire’s only independent self-catering vegetarian hostel. With excellent transport links, the Hostel offers contemporary comfortable and affordable accommodation across 14 ensuite rooms.

IOU Hebden Bridge Hostel is run by arts charity IOU


Perfect for solo travellers, families and groups, for one night, a weekend or longer, to explore the moors and towns of the Calderdale and the South Pennines.  Our friendly staff will help you get the most out of your visit.

The Hostel is also available for exclusive use for groups, family holidays and private events with a range of spaces suitable for creative workshops and retreats.

TOYLAB -Break It To Make It Workshop led by Aimee Grundell

TOYLAB -Break It To Make It Workshop led by Aimee Grundell

Saturday 15 July
11.00am – 4.00pm IOU Hebden Bridge Hostel
Free – drop in session

TOYLAB takes old toys destined for landfill or incineration and saves them turning them into new unique creatures with their own stories letting participants imagination and creativity run free

All materials provided however if you have any broken toys you would like to bring please do! Suitable for all ages but children must be accompanied at all times
The workshop is presented in partnership with Hebden Bridge Arts Open Space 70 project
Kamishibai Storytelling Workshop

Kamishibai Storytelling Workshop

Wednesday 7th June
7PM-9PM IOU Studio, Dean Clough, Halifax
Tickets £10/ FREE for Calderdale residents

Kamishibai, (kah-mee-she-bye) or “paper-theater,” is said to have started in Japan as street theatre in the late 1920s, but it is part of a long tradition of picture storytelling, beginning as early as the 9th or 10th centuries

This Making It workshop will open the door to creating short stories that mix illustration with narration in vivid and imaginative ways. You will be shown the skills and stages to create a kamishibai story and then present it in the kamishibai theatre style box.

Wildflower Retreats

Wildflower Retreats

Wildflower Retreats are a new venture run by two LGBTQ+ women living in Hebden Bridge

This autumn they are offering two 6 night retreats at Hebden Bridge Hostel for LGBTQ+ women who have a passion for walking and/or writing or both!

The retreat will consist of 2 hour daily writing workshops and in the afternoon guided walks in stunning locations, led by walking guide, Sib Procter  including walks in and around Shibden Hall (Anne Lister/Gentleman Jack), Haworth and the Parsonage, home of the Bronte sisters, as well as Heptonstall and moorlands treading the paths of Sylvia Plath.


The Hostel is set within dramatic hills, rivers, waterfalls and wooded valleys as is the friendly market town of Hebden Bridge. Our town is famous for its literary connections, LGBTQ community, its many pubs, restaurants, coffee houses, independent shops and cinema, canal and marina, and not forgetting iconic music venue The Trades Club, we could go on but ultimately we hope you are going to come and experience it all for yourselves.

Situated within ten minutes walking distance of Hebden Bridge in a peaceful woodland setting, nestled into the hillside just above the town and part of the historic Birchcliffe Centre.

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With fourteen generously sized ensuite bedrooms, sleeping up to forty, choose from a budget dorm bed or a private room to whole lets for groups conferences, retreats and schools. 

The Hostel also has one ground floor fully accessible double room with ensuite including wheelchair accessible shower.

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The Hostel has a large dining room and function space as well as cosy snug.  The self catering vegetarian kitchen is well equipped with ovens, fridges and a dishwasher, plus all the crockery, cutlery and utensils needed to make breakfast or an evening meal.

All bed linen is provided and towels can be hired for a small charge. Free WiFi is available throughout the Hostel.

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Sitting room with sofas, armchair and coffee table