YHA Castleton Losehill Hall

Castleton, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S33 8WB


Set within 27 acres of stunning parkland in the heart of the Peak District National Park, YHA Castleton Losehill Hall is one of YHA’s premier education centres and perfect for schools and groups of all ages.

The hostel itself is a sprawling Victorian mansion which offers the perfect mix of great facilities and period glamour. Our accommodation is split between 3 accommodation blocks: Ashton (42 beds), Burbridge (49 beds) and the Mews (52 beds) and offers free Wi-Fi, quiet rooms, games and meeting rooms, plenty of space to let off steam, and we even have our own family of goats and pigs.

For younger school groups we offer a range of unique packages including our ever popular History and Geography packages as well as our new packages: Discovery, Alex Rider, Multi Activity and astronomy focused sessions. We pride ourselves in immersing our guests into hands-on learning experiences and not only that, you’ll also find all sorts of surprises including a replica Celtic village, a purpose-built mine, an underground archaeological dig, and we even have our very own Tardis. All our packages deliver quality educational activities throughout the day and evening creating lasting memories for teachers and pupils alike.

YHA Castleton Losehill Hall is also a great location for self-led groups, older school groups and non-educational groups looking for a base to explorer the surrounding area with 3 show caves, Chatsworth House, Peveril’s Castle and the tourist honeypot of Castleton all nearby.

Other activities direct from the door include rambling, hiking or cycling in the beautiful Peak District National Park, or as a unique location for corporate events. We have two meeting rooms for hire and they come complete with full AV equipment, 6 channel PA mixer, microphone and whiteboards. Catering options are available (be sure to try our cake)and you can even add on some team building activities to challenge your colleagues.

Why Groups love YHA Castleton Losehill Hall

Packages and bolt-ons available here

Our own TARDIS, brewery, archaeological dig and farm animals in the grounds!

New for Winter 2017 - Astronomy - Exploring earth, the planets and the universe package

"Excellent" - 93%

Customer Satisfaction based on 154 scores

Prices are person, per night and exclude VAT.

Number of beds: 156

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


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Packages available at YHA Castleton Losehill Hall

History package

Young school girl holding a shield on a school trip

Suitable for ages 7-13

Build a timeline of settlers from pre-historic to present day

Bring the past to life as students become time detectives and build a timeline of Castleton settlers from prehistoric to the present day. A range of activities are available including longbow archery, building Roman siege engines, building a Viking longship and re-enacting battles in armour.


  • Battle re-enactments
  • Longbow archery
  • Roman siege engines
  • Viking longships

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per person per night* (+VAT)

Geography package

Young male on a Geography field trip with YHA England & Wales

Suitable for ages 7-13

Investigate the locality of this tourist village

Take a detailed look at the impact of tourism on a village in one of the most visited National Parks in the world. Contrast locality as you investigate Castleton, who lives there and why, explore the link between the geology, landscape and settlement, go underground, burrow through a lead mine, try GPS orienteering, candle making, and a spot of fossil hunting. Or use our own farm, kitchen garden and cookery classroom to discover more about farming and food sourcing and production.


  • Burrow through a lead mine
  • Candle making
  • Food sourcing and production
  • Fossil hunting
  • GPS orienteering
  • Tourism investigation

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Discovery package

Watersports at YHA School Trip

Suitable for ages 7 - 13

Fun, challenging and memorable experiences

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 working and communication skills.


  • Dig through history
  • Fire and bread making
  • Guided walk
  • River studies
  • Team challenges

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Multi-Activity package

Girls at archery range with bow and arrows

Suitable for age 8+

Challenges for the brain and body

Full of challenges for the brain and body our multi-activity packages are designed to engage participants through practical P.E. based activity. This package offers a mixture of adventurous and on-site activities that make the most of the great outdoors and the hostel locality.


  • Abseiling
  • Archery
  • Bushcraft & fire lighting
  • Canoeing
  • Caving
  • Guided walk
  • Night hike
  • Orienteering
  • Outdoor climbing
  • Shelter building
  • Team challenges

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per person based on a two night stay (+VAT)

Alex Rider Classified Mission

Group of school children listening to the teacher at YHA

Suitable for ages 8+

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
  • Archery
  • Canoeing
  • Code breaking
  • Gadget design
  • Gorge or ghyll scrambling
  • Mountain and navigation hikes
  • Night hike
  • Observation skills
  • Orienteering
  • Raft building
  • Rock climbing
  • Survival skills
  • Weaseling

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per person based on a two night stay (+VAT)

Alex Rider Mission Briefing

Group of school children code breaking at YHA

Suitable for ages 7-13

Team building challenges and spy training

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


  • Archery
  • Bushcraft
  • Code breaking
  • Firelighting
  • Gadget design
  • Hunt the double agent
  • Orienteering
  • Shelter building
  • Team building

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per person per night* (+VAT)

YHA Castleton Losehill Hall does not currently offer packages

Bolt-ons available at YHA Castleton Losehill Hall

Adventure bolt-on

Teenage girl abseiling on a school trip at YHA

Activities for outdoor adventurers

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

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YHA bolt-on

Group of boys working together on a school trip

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.

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Field Studies bolt-on

Young female reading an educational guide on a school trip with YHA

Activities run by our trained and experienced staff

Working with the PDNP in the Peaks, this bolt-on provides activities that are delivered in the real outdoors. Locations are chosen based on the most appropriate landscape features and flora and fauna for your requirements.

Please Note: this bolt-on is only available to GCSE and A-level groups.

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YHA Castleton Losehill Hall does not currently offer bolt-ons

Personal service

Smaller venues offering a personable service.

Self-led options

Amazing bases for self-led options

Organised packages

Organised residential packages available 

Flexible approach

Totally flexible approach to your residential


A genuine sense of place and location

Experiential learning

Experiential learning opportunities

LOtC accredited sites

70+ LOtC accredited sites

Teachers participation

Teachers encouraged to participate in all activities, helping to enhance teacher-pupil relations



  • Free Wi-Fi in communal areas
  • Laundry
  • Drying room
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • En-suite rooms available
  • Camping and cabins
  • Ambulant accessible
  • Board games
  • Communal TV
  • Computer access
  • Cycle store
  • Garden/grounds
  • Lounge
  • Luggage store
  • YHA Exclusive Hire


  • Car parking
  • Coach parking
  • Good public transport links
  • Minibus parking

Food & Drink:

  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen

Teaching facilities:

  • Classroom(s)
  • Corridor zoning
  • Meeting Rooms & Corporate Hire

How to get here

Castleton, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S33 8WB

By car and coach:
The entrance to the hostel is on the A625 from Sheffield/Hathersage and is on the east end of the village. From the west, take the A625 from Chapel en le Frith following signs for Castleton Blue John Caverns and turn down the Winnats Pass (very steep). The detour signs from the west can be confusing and add considerably to the journey. Please follow these directions rather than Sat-nav as the postcode covers a large area.

OS Map: 110
OS Grid Ref: SK153838
Latitude: 53.351139
Longitude: 1.7709569
YHA Castleton Losehill Hall