Whether you’re walking in Dovedale Valley or visiting top Peak District attractions, this huge Gothic manor is a spellbinding place to stay. Boasting sprawling grounds and plenty of outdoor space YHA Ilam Hall makes a fabulous base for schools and groups. There’s everything to keep you comfortable, with over half of our rooms ensuite, two lounges, a spacious dining room, a classroom, a fantastic games room, free W-Fi, and friendly social areas. The hostel accommodation can be split into 3 sections so each group can have their own key card entry, private corridor area on request.
We can provide a range of activities for school groups as part of our new Discovery package, which includes evening activities. Alternatively for groups planning on leading their own residential experience our activities can be added on to your stay as either a half or full day bolt on. We are also able to offer Geography focused activities, delivered by Education Rangers from the Peak District National Park, as a half or full day bolt on options. So, whether you want to challenge your students with orienteering, focus on team building activities, measure endurance on a hike up Thorpe Cloud, hunt for mini-beasts, learn more about the wonders of the Peak District or simply grab an ice cream and visit the famous Dovedale stepping stones, there’s a ton to do at YHA Ilam Hall.
If you feel the need to add another layer of excitement this hostel also makes a great base for visiting Alton Towers or other attractions in the Peak District such as Carsington Water, great for learning all about the water cycle, or having a go at a range of watersport activities.
For social and non-education groups, YHA Ilam Hall offers an enchanting location with stunning views, classic walks and easy access to cycling routes such as the Tissington or Manifold Trail. Our meeting room makes a great conference facility while our multi-purpose games room and lounge can be opened up to one large formal space, perfect for a range of events. Group catering is available for all groups and we also have a licensed bar and a range of hot drinks and snack, for an easy way to relax and unwind after a long day.
Why Groups love YHA Ilam Hall
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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.
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How to get here
By car and coach:
Ilam is situated six miles from Ashbourne. From Ilam Village centre, enter National Trust Country Park and follow the driveway. Parking is free for National Trust members, all other guests can purchase a discounted parking ticket from reception.