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.
YHA South Downs is right on the South Downs Way, ideal for either long distance walkers wishing to tackle the whole thing or for those wishing just to cherry pick the sections with the stunning views, many of which are within easy reach of the hostel.
The entire 100 mile length of the South Downs Way is open to cyclists, from Eastbourne to Winchester. Try the section from the hostel door or stop off overnight or just for a drink if you’re completing the entire trail.
High Rocks, with its world class Southern sandstone climbing, is about 40 minutes drive from YHA South Downs, near Tunbridge Wells.
Various watersports are available from Newhaven Marina or from Piddinghoe Pond, both a short distance from the hostel.
Food & Drink
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.
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.
There are currently no volunteering opportunities at YHA South Downs. Please visit YHA Volunteering to see what opportunities are available.
Meet the Manager
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!