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Monday - Friday: 8am - 6pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
We're closed on Sunday

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YHA South Downs


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

T: 0845 371 9574

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Board GamesClassroom/Educational meeting roomCoach parking onsiteCot available

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This hostel provides the following facilities:

Board Games

Classroom/Educational meeting room

Coach parking onsite

Cot available

Credit cards accepted

Cycle Store

Drying room


Group catering available


Library / Quiet room


Meals available


Picnic lunch available

Restaurant/dining room

Self-catering dining room

Self-catering kitchen

Sole Use

Suitable for families

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64 Beds

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About YHA South Downs

YHA South Downs is a refurbished Sussex farmhouse and barn buildings in an enviable location right on the South Downs Way, just a short stroll along a country lane from Southease Railway station. The buildings themselves are packed full of original features - you might visit the disused dairy farm or be lucky enough to have a stone window setting in your room! Surrounded by the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park, the site stands in extensive grounds, ideal for exploring by experienced or budding naturalists – or just a place to relax and unwind.

YHA South Downs at a glance:

  • £3 million renovation
  • On the South Downs Way
  • Situated on an idyllic farmstead
  • Fully licensed bar
  • Brand new café
  • A total of 66 beds


Opened officially by the Queen in October 2013, it’s a great base for cheap family breaks close to traditional Sussex towns such as Lewes or Newhaven, which also has ferry connections with continental Europe. The culture of Brighton is also not far away and the great outdoors of the South Downs National Park is right on your doorstep.

Just 25 minutes on the train from Brighton and only an hour and a half in total from the centre of London, YHA South Downs is a wonderful rural retreat for city slickers looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

The Courtyard Cafe provides a relaxed atmosphere for you to unwind after a long walk or to catch up with friends - it's open to the general public as well as guests. From homemade cakes to coffees to three course meals, this cafe has it all. Have a look at a sample offer of what you can expect when you dine at the Courtyard Cafe here.

Rural Menu PDF (18KB) Rural Menu PDF (18KB)Click here to have a look at a sample menu (18KB).

Why not look at our other recently refurbished Youth Hostels?

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Need to know

Towels are not supplied. They are available to hire from reception for £2 (+ £5 deposit) or please bring your own. Bedding is supplied.

Camping Pods
We supply the pod (with lights and heating), you bring your own bedding and equipment - proper glamping!
The Granary
There is a self contained, 3 bedroom family unit with its own kitchen area available for exclusive use.


South_Downs_Access_Statement Download the access statement for YHA South Downs here 153 KB

Reception Times:
8am to 10am
2pm - 10pm (10.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays)
Courtyard Café
Open to the public from 10am until 4pm. We also serve breakfast and evening meals for residents.

Hostel Closing Times:
24 hour access after check-in

Is the hostel open every day of the year?

Manager recommends

  • Take a stroll up Firle Beacon, just a short walk from the hostel door and take in the stunning 360° views across the hills and out to sea. Afterwards, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a cake in our café as a reward for your efforts!

Volunteering opportunities

There are currently no volunteering opportunities at YHA South Downs. Please visit YHA Volunteering to see what opportunities are available.

YHA School Trips

YHA South Downs has state of the art facilities for schools in a traditional Sussex farmhouse and associated buildings with acres of land for on-site activities. The hostel provides home cooked meals as well as a library and classroom.

Visit the YHA School Trips website for more information.

Under 5? Please stay in a Private Room.
Under 15? Please be accompanied with an Adult staying in the same room.
Aged 16 or 17? Please bring a friend or Adult if staying in Shared Accommodation.

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