About YHA South Downs

Great access to the South Downs National Park

New bolt on activities available at YHA South Downs

Opened officially by HRH the Queen in 2013, YHA South Downs is a uniquely refurbished Sussex farmhouse in an enviable location right on the South Downs Way. The hostel has 68 beds as well as additional alternative accommodation including camping pods, land pods and bell tents and is surrounded by the hills of the South Downs National Park and enjoys substantial grounds of its own.

The hostel is split between 3 main buildings. The Farmhouse which contains the main accommodation block and social spaces, the long barn which houses our accessible room and great group accommodation, and the interpretation centre, which contains the café/groups dining room and a superb and well-appointed classroom which is fully accessible.

YHA South Downs makes a great base for all types of schools, educational establishments or other organised groups. As well as having a range of social spaces, and the classroom, the hostel is well connected by road and rail. The train station is in fact only 300m from the hostel with regular services to Lewes and Brighton. The South Downs Way runs almost through the hostel and the large grounds surrounding the hostel ensures there is plenty of space for everyone.

For schools and groups looking for activities, YHA works currently with two local activity providers. Sussex: Learning without walls can offer a range of activities including guided walks, team challenges, bush craft, environmental art, bug hunts and more. Sessions can be booked for either a half (3hrs) or full day (6hrs) session and evening activities may be available upon request. Whilst Buzz Active provide a range of Water sports activities based at their site at Cuckmere, a short drive away.

For non-educational and social groups, the area offers a wealth of walking and cycling opportunities right from the door, with a range of wildlife and habitats to be found on the chalky hillsides as you move through the countryside. There is also Lewes which is full of literary intrigue, medieval buildings and cobbled streets not to mention their famous Lewes Bonfire night.


  • Laundry
  • Drying room
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • En-suite rooms available
  • Camping and cabins
  • Ambulant accessible
  • Board games
  • Communal TV
  • Cycle store
  • Garden/grounds
  • Lounge
  • YHA Exclusive Hire
  • Dining room
  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • On-site café
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Car parking
  • Coach parking
  • Good public transport links
  • Minibus parking
  • Classroom(s)
  • Corridor zoning
  • Meeting Rooms & Corporate Hire

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

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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 South Downs has been given the LOtC award.

LOtC Award
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Optional Bolt-on activities at YHA South Downs

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.

Canoeing bolt-on

Adventure bolt-on

Activities for outdoor adventurers

Packed with opportunities to try almost every outdoor activity you can think of, this bolt-on option is great for outdoor adventurers and adrenaline lovers.


  • Windsurfing
  • Paddleboarding
  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Raft building
  • Dinghy sailing
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Team building

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YHA bolt-on

Activities run by our 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.

Activities may include

  • Bushcraft
  • Bug Hunts
  • Archery
  • Mindfulness
  • Orienteering
  • Guided Walks
  • Team building
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YHA South Downs

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