History, Mission & Values

Hostelling International Northern Ireland (HINI) is a not-for-profit organisation providing youth hostel accommodation in Northern Ireland. It is a member of the Hostelling International federation.

It is one of the founder members of Hostelling International the largest youth organisation in the world, with 4,000 youth hostels in 90 countries, and providing high standard accommodation to suit world travellers. We operate three budget youth hostels across Northern Ireland in Belfast, Bushmills and White Park Bay. We also have an affiliated hostel in the City of Armagh.

Membership of HINI is your passport to all youth hostels within this network and entitles you to thousands of benefits and discounted overnight stays. Our hostels comply with Hostelling International’s brand standards, assuring travellers get clean, safe, comfortable and affordable accommodation with a friendly welcome.

As an organisation HINI aims to give people of all ages from all over the world, especially those of limited means, the opportunity to experience, appreciate and gain a wider understanding of Northern Ireland, by providing affordable accommodation for them on their travels.

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01. Vision


Through hostelling activity, our vision is for the continuing education, cultural development and personal growth of people (particularly young people) in the appreciation of our environment in Northern Ireland.

02. Mission


We deliver:

(i) quality budget accommodation and travel experiences which enrich people’s enjoyment of each other, the environment and Northern Ireland.

(ii) Programmes which provide opportunity for local young people to develop their social, cultural and personal capacities.

03. Values


Our Values are:

  • Inclusivity.
  • Learning & Understanding.
  • Sustainability.