About YHA Holmbury St Mary
Number of beds: 47 Free Wi-Fi in communal areas Meals available
Packages and bolt-ons available here
Ideal for outdoor activities in Surrey
Set on the edge of 3000 acres of mixed woodland YHA Holmbury is a rural slice of adventure, yet only a stone’s throw from central London. In fact from some of the amazing viewpoints that surround the hostel, including Leith Hill, you can easily see Canary Wharf and other famous London landmarks.
The hostel is the perfect size for school groups wanting sole occupancy. The building provides two floors of accommodation with teacher rooms at the end of each corridor for easy segregation, coded entry for extra security, and a comfy dining room/lounge area. Outside the hostel our fenced off section of lawn comes complete with a story-telling circle that is separated from the Hurtwood Estate by stunning woodland.
For school groups staying at YHA Holmbury we can offer both our Discovery and Alex Rider themed packages which include activities throughout the day and evening. Our Discovery package includes a range of activities spanning history, geography, literacy and PSHE, to name a few, and supports all your cross-curricular needs. Our Alex Rider package includes some activities that are similar to the Discover package but with additional activities based around life as a spy including; tracking down double agents, designing spy gadgets and cracking complex coded messages. Each participant on our Alex Rider packages will also receive a free copy of ‘Stormbreaker’ courtesy of Walker books.
Alternatively, to help maximise the amazing woodland on our doorstep, we can also offer bolt-on activities to your self-led stay available as either a half or full day option.
An interactive guided walk to Holmbury Hill is a must for all groups staying at the hostel, the surprising view at the end of the walk never fails to enthrall groups of all ages. Alternatively shelter building in the woods and fire lighting back at the hostel provides the opportunity for young people to engage with this working woodland.
For older school groups, or primary schools looking to lead their own self-led adventures, the hostel makes a great base. The location offers a great many opportunities to really get to explore a different setting and complete a range of study areas including Biology fieldwork and film making.
If you have your own transport and fancy exploring further afield, central London, Chessington World of Adventures, and Hampton Court Palace can be easily reached, allowing you to mix your rural stay with a little urban magic.
Social groups and non-education groups will also find the perfect getaway at YHA Holmbury St Mary. The Hurtwood Estate has a myriad of paths and routes that crisscross the ancient woodland and they are open to a range of activities including horse riding and some superb mountain bike trails. In addition to great walking, biking, riding and wildlife spotting straight from the door, the hostel is ideally located for exploring the heart of Surrey and its numerous local attractions, villages, and walks. This includes thrilling hikes up Box Hill or seeing the view from the top of Leith Tower. After a busy day exploring you can be assured of a warm welcome back at the hostel, where you can enjoy our delicious group catering, fully licensed bar and patio garden.
- Free Wi-Fi in communal areas
- Drying room
- Camping and cabins
- Ambulant accessible
- Board games
- Cycle hire
- Cycle store
- YHA Exclusive Hire
- Licensed bar
- Meals available
- Self-catering kitchen
- Car parking
- Minibus parking
Learning Outside the Classroom
YHA is at the top of the class for educational visits. We have been awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Award at 74 of our Youth Hostels across England and Wales.
For more information about the Learning Outside the Classroom Awards, please visit the Learning Outside the Classroom website.
YHA Holmbury St Mary has been given the LOtC award.
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Packages available at this hostel
Optional Bolt-on activities at YHA Holmbury St Mary
Perfect for groups looking to fill free time, our bolt-on activities can easily be added on to your YHA stay. Available as half-day and full-day options, we offer an exciting range of activities that are designed to entertain and engage pupils of all ages and abilities.
Activities delivered by trained and experienced staff
Available at all the hostels that offer YHA packages, this bolt-on offers challenging problem solving and team building activities delivered by our very own trained and experienced staff. Activities are run on hostel grounds, meaning you don’t need to travel anywhere.
- Team challenges
- Shelter building
- Guided walk to Holmbury Hill
- Fire lighting
- Go create
- Rocket launch