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.
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.
8am to 10am
2pm - 10pm (10.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays)
24hr access after check-in
Open to the public from 10am until 4pm. We also serve breakfast and evening meals for residents
14:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 10:00
Towels are not supplied. They are available to hire from reception for £2 (+ £5 deposit) or please bring your own. Bedding is supplied.
Free on site
Itford Farm, Beddingham, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6JS
By Rail: Southease station, with links to London Victoria via Lewes, is less than 200m from the front door, along a country lane.
By Coach: Coach parking is available on site. The entrance to YHA South Downs is on A26 between Newhaven and Lewes.
By Car: Car parking is available on site. The entrance to YHA South Downs is on A26 between Newhaven and Lewes.
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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.