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The youth hostel made out of shipping containers

The bedrooms are made from shipping containers Photo:

The Eden Project in Cornwall has come up with a rather unusual way of housing tourists; packing them inside shipping containers.

But it’s not nearly as sinister as it sounds. In fact the shipping containers have been converted into a brand new youth hostel, complete with en-suite bathrooms and flat-screen TVs.

The hostel can house up to 228 people in 58 bedrooms. We took a tour of one of them:

The new rooms fill a demand left when a nearby youth hostel closed earlier this year. Built on what used to be a car park, the containers overlook Eden and St Austell Bay in the distance.

The Eden Project is one of Cornwall's most popular attractions

We have locations all over the country, about 150 different properties ranging from castles to friaries to city centre locations. But this is particularly special.

– James Ryan, hostel manager