About YHA South Downs

Great access to the South Downs National Park

YHA South Downs is an ideal base for groups, with state-of-the-art facilities for studying and team building together. Our traditional Sussex farmhouse has acres of land, stylish social spaces and great access to the South Downs Way. Whether you’re long-distance walking or fancy a day out in London or Brighton, this rural location is perfect for a week of team building, adventuring or tourism.

A fab mix of mod cons and period features, YHA South Downs offers a well-equipped meeting room with phone, projector, flipchart and stationery. There’s a bright and bustling café on site and a licensed bar if you fancy a drink – not to mention group catering for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Walking and cycling groups can take on the South Downs Way with gusto, or explore the breathtaking views of Newhaven Fort. You could also have a lazy day on the cobbled streets of Lewes, or English Literature students can visit the house where Virginia Woolf lived.


  • 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.

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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
  • Kayaking
  • Climbing
  • Archery
  • 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

Itford Farm, Beddingham, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6JS
OS Map:198
OS Grid Ref:TQ433055
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