About YHA Holmbury St Mary Surrey Hills

Ideal for outdoor activities in Surrey

Set on the edge of 3000 acres of mixed woodland YHA Holmbury St Mary Surrey Hills 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.

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 Surrey Hills. 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
  • Laundry
  • Drying room
  • Camping and cabins
  • Ambulant accessible
  • Board games
  • Cycle hire
  • Cycle store
  • Garden/grounds
  • Lounge
  • YHA Exclusive Hire
  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Car parking
  • Minibus parking

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Excellent value food options are also available for lunch and dinner at this hostel.

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Visit England accredited

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.

LOtC Awarded

YHA Holmbury St Mary Surrey Hills has been given the LOtC award.

LOtC Award
Room 3 - 4 bed
Room 1 - 2 bed
Room Box Hill - 3 bed
Room 8 - 4 bed
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Packages available at this hostel

Discovery package

Discovery package

Suitable for ages 7-13

Prices from


per person per night*


Flexible programme of fun and challenges

Designed to enable teachers to create their own stay, our Discovery package offers a flexible programme of fun, challenging and memorable experiences that can be tailored to support the educational needs of your group. Great for building team work and communication skills.

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Castleton Alex Rider Classified Mission

Alex Rider Classified Mission

Suitable for ages 8+

Prices from


per person based on a two night stay


Test students' mettle as new secret agents

Ignite your student’s imagination, enjoy adventures in the great outdoors and spark a love of reading with our Alex Rider Classified Mission package. We’ve teamed up with Walker Books and author Anthony Horowitz to bring you team building challenges and spy training that will test pupil’s mettle as potential new secret agents.


  • Abseiling
  • Rock climbing
  • Canoeing
  • Raft building
  • Orienteering
  • Mountain and navigation hikes
  • Gorge or ghyll scrambing
  • Weaseling
  • Archery
  • Survival skills
  • Night hikes
  • Gadget design
  • Code cracking
  • Observation skills
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YHA Holmbury St Mary Surrey Hills

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