YHA Holmbury St Mary Surrey Hills

Radnor Lane, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6NW


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.

Why Groups love YHA Holmbury St Mary Surrey Hills

Ideal for outdoor activities in Surrey

"Great" - 90%

Customer satisfaction based on 90 scores

Bed and breakfast, per person, per night* (ex VAT)
Number of beds: 47

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.

Find out more about Learning Outside the Classroom.

LOtC Awarded


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Packages available at YHA Holmbury St Mary Surrey Hills

Discovery package

Suitable for ages 7-13

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.


  • Team building

Prices from


Per person, per night* (ex VAT)

YHA Holmbury St Mary Surrey Hills does not currently offer packages.

Bolt-ons available at YHA Holmbury St Mary Surrey Hills

YHA Holmbury St Mary Surrey Hills 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
  • Camping and cabins
  • Ambulant accessible
  • Cycle hire
  • Cycle store
  • Garden/grounds
  • Lounge
  • YHA Exclusive Hire


  • Car parking
  • Minibus parking

Food & drink:

  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen

How to get here

Radnor Lane, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6NW

By car and coach:
The hostel is two miles south of Abinger Hammer on the A25 between Guildford and Dorking. Follow signs to Holmbury St Mary on B2126, the hostel is signposted (look out for a yellow grit bin). If using satnav, ensure you enter the postcode, not just the road name (there are two Radnor Lanes in Holmbury!).

OS Map: 187
OS Grid Ref: TQ104450
Latitude: 51.194147
Longitude: -0.420847
YHA Holmbury St Mary Surrey Hills