Iglu Sauna at the Hebden Bridge Hostel - bookings now open until end of August 2024


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.

Sauna at the Hostel this Spring

Sauna at the Hostel this Spring

Iglu Sauna, a pop-up, authentic wood-fired sauna and cold plunge pool will be located close to the Hostel in the grounds of the Birchcliffe Centre until end of August

Sauna can be booked as part of a communal session or as a group and is the perfect way to round off a day or weekend on the Pennine hills

For more info and to book a sauna or spa session.

Introduction to Therapeutic Writing

Introduction to Therapeutic Writing

Wednesday 22 May 2024
IOU Studio, Dean Clough, Halifax
This workshop is a unique opportunity to take part in a taster session workshop with renowned Jungian-based writer and teacher Dr Rachel Newsome.
The two-hour session will offer a five-step therapeutic writing technique underpinned by neuroscience aimed at developing cognitive flexibility, gaining greater self-awareness and expanding your sense of possibility.

It will include short writing exercises of between 5 to 15 minutes and a chance to share in small groups.

Tickets £10/ £8 or FREE to Calderdale Residents
Arvon North Festival of Writing

Arvon North Festival of Writing

A celebration of creative writing, imagination, and the power of storytelling

From Thursday 30 May to Sunday 2 June 2024, Hebden Bridge will be the backdrop for Arvon North’s first creative writing weekend, featuring a free family fun day, practical workshops for writers and Arvon’s very own exhibition.

Arvon at the IOU Hebden Bridge Hostel

This summer IOU and Arvon North will partner to deliver Arvon’s residential writing courses.

The creative writing organisation needed a temporary home for their residential courses while their Lumb Bank, their Yorkshire writing house is being redeveloped and we’re delighted that we will be working with them to host their 2024 programme.

Courses on offer include Starting to Write, Poetry, Playwriting and Fiction.  Each 5-day residential and fully catered  course is led by expert tutors to help participants explore and develop their writing.

We are delighted that Arvon chose to work with us to provide an exclusive retreat for their guests. The Hostel and grounds provide all the spaces needed for both group workshops and activities as well as offering the chance to step away from normal routines and immerse in the creative process without distractions.

To find out more about Arvon and the courses they offer HERE

Hebden Bridge Hostel is the perfect venue for retreats, workshops, meetings and team building days. Find out about what we can offer as an Exclusive Hire 



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