Open to All is the definitive history of YHA in England and Wales, the story of youth hostels and the people and ideas behind. This edition revised, updated and illustrated, with a foreword by James Blake.

Jack Catchpool was the foremost pioneer of youth hostels and this book looks to the early years of the Youth Hostels Association, showing how the concerns of YHA at its start are still relevant to us and youth hostels today.

Richard Schirrmann invented youth hostels. He never copyrighted his idea, never built it into a brand, never sold it to anyone. He was a volunteer and an amateur in the best sense of the word. He wanted the best for young people everywhere.

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