Free planning visits and familiarisation events

Free planning visits

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

Your visit will provide the perfect opportunity to talk to YHA staff, get help with completing essential paperwork and experience available activities first-hand.

If you have a distance to travel or want longer to explore the surrounding area, we are happy to offer you free overnight accommodation at your chosen hostel too.

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

People checking in at YHA Manchester

Terms and conditions

Subject to availability. Full-board Groups bookings can claim a free bed and breakfast stay for up to two people prior to your residential stay. Half-board, bed and breakfast and self-catering Groups bookings will be chargeable at the standard overnight rate. All free planning visits can only be confirmed once your Groups booking has been made.

Familiarisation events

We’re proud of our residentials. Our dedicated and experienced teams provide an experience that is tailored to the needs of your group and deliver real adventures and activities in the great outdoors.

We want to show you just what we can do. That’s why we organise teacher and group leader familiarisation events throughout our network of locations in England and Wales. We’d love you to attend.

A group of primary school children at YHA Castleton on a history school trip

Terms and conditions

These events are available for up to two teachers per school plus their families/friends. All teacher places are free while family and friends will receive free accommodation (with meals charged at standard rates). All events are for two days/one night. An optional additional overnight can be added for any persons travelling a long distance. Subject to availability.

Upcoming events

There are currently no upcoming events.

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