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YHA South Downs
This hostel provides the following facilities:
Classroom/Educational meeting room
Coach parking onsite
Credit cards accepted
Group catering available
Library / Quiet room
Picnic lunch available
Self-catering dining room
Suitable for families
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.
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.
We supply the pod (with lights and heating), you bring your own bedding and equipment - proper glamping!
There is a self contained, 3 bedroom family unit with its own kitchen area available for exclusive use.
8am to 10am
2pm - 10pm (10.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays)
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?
- 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!
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.