Free planning visits

Whether you’ve stayed with us before or are new to YHA, we encourage you to make a preview visit to your chosen hostel.

Your visit will provide the perfect opportunity for you to talk to YHA staff, gain assistance with completing essential paperwork, get first-hand experience of the activities available, plus if you have a distance to travel, or you just want longer to explore the surrounding area, we are happy to offer you free overnight accommodation too.

You can book your planning visit with us once you have confirmed your booking with us.

As well as this we also have a generous free leader place ratio of 1:10.

Familiarisation events

In addition to hostel pre-visits we also run a series of familiarisation events throughout the year. During these events we show a group of teachers around a number of hostels, demonstrate a selection of the activities available, and offer the chance to sample the delights of our groups menu. See below for upcoming events:

There are currently no familiarisation plans scheduled. Please check back soon for details of future events.

For further information, please contact Michael Sabin on 01629 592705 or email michaelsabin@yha.org.uk

YHA School Trips

Learning Outside the Classroom

YHA has been awarded Learning Outside the Classroom awards at more than 70 hostels across England and Wales, reassuring teachers that we're the right choice for educational school trips.

Safety & security

Safeguarding children is our priority and we work closely with industry leading experts, including the DBS and the NSPCC, to ensure that our child safeguarding practises are over and above those required by law.