YHA South Downs

Itford Farm, Beddingham, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 6JS


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.

Why Groups love YHA South Downs

Great access to the South Downs National Park

New bolt on activities available at YHA South Downs

"Great" - 89%

Customer satisfaction based on 144 scores

Bed and breakfast, per person, per night* (ex VAT)
Number of beds: 64

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 South Downs

YHA South Downs does not currently offer packages.

Bolt-ons available at YHA South Downs

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.


  • Archery
  • Bug Hunts
  • Bushcraft
  • Guided walk
  • Mindfulness
  • Orienteering
  • Team building

Prices from


Per person* (ex VAT)

YHA South Downs 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



  • Laundry
  • Drying room
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • En-suite rooms available
  • Camping and cabins
  • Ambulant accessible
  • Board games
  • Communal TV
  • Cycle store
  • Games room
  • Garden/grounds
  • Lounge
  • YHA Exclusive Hire


  • Car parking
  • Coach parking
  • Minibus parking

Food & drink:

  • Dining room
  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • On-site café
  • Self-catering kitchen

Teaching facilities:

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

How to get here

Itford Farm, Beddingham, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 6JS

By car:
Coach and car parking is available on site. The entrance to YHA South Downs is on A26 between Newhaven and Lewes.

By train:
Southease station, with links to London Victoria via Lewes, is less than 200m from the front door.

By bus:
The 123 bus runs from Southease village – a 10 minute walk from us. The route takes in Lewes Bus/Rail Stations, Spring Barn Farm, Kingston, Rodmell and Newhaven.

OS Map: 198
OS Grid Ref: TQ433055
Latitude: 50.831591
Longitude: 0.034021
YHA South Downs