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YHA Spotlight on YHA Eyam
    01/06/2016 11:01

Spotlight on YHA Eyam

Spotlight on YHA Eyam

Want to explore Derbyshire's famous "Plague Village" from just £13 a night? YHA Eyam is a Victorian folly, overlooking an area with a tragic history and some fascinating local customs. Our quirky hostel offers a warm welcome, plenty of facilities for families, and wonderful walks from the doorstep. Be king or queen of our little castle to discover the Peak District's best-loved attractions.

The Hostel

YHA Eyam's first owner William Nixon had a wife who wanted to live in a castle, so our memorable folly was born. Nixon was a local magistrate with a Marmite personality - in fact we still keep the bell he used to summon his protectors behind the bar! Today our hostel is a unique base to enjoy the Peak District, complete with idyllic views and a well-stocked kitchen. We've got a good range of drinks for relaxing in the evenings, or you can share your own stories around the table at our atmospheric Supper Club. If you're bringing little ones, we've got plenty of toys like Lego and a colourful train set for them to play with. There's lots of space for adults to relax with a book, magazine or board game too. You could even head over to our games room for an hour on the pool table. If you're looking for a beautiful location, YHA Eyam sits just 15 minutes from the village centre and its hillside location is surrounded by nature. Look outside your window for rabbits on the lawn, blue tits in the trees and all the joy of The Peaks.

Walk, Cycle & Climb

Whether you want a woodland stroll or an underground adventure, YHA Eyam makes a fab base for outdoor activities. We've got walks straight from the door and our local area has many landmarks to delight history buffs. Head to Eyam Hall for a guided walk of the countryside, complete with extraordinary stories about our village. The county of Derbyshire is home to breathtaking scenery and plenty of hills to keep you fit. Don't miss the Eyam well dressings this September - a unique Peak District tradition of decorating wells with flower petals. If you walk the route up to Bretton Moor on a clear day, you can see five counties from there. Or how about a trek up to Hathersage to visit Little John's grave? After spending hours walking through nature, our hostel is ready to recharge you with hearty meals and a good selection of drink. And for real adventurers, there's climbing and caving at Stoney Middleton, and the Monsal Trail isn't too far away if you're bringing your bike. Little monkeys will love a day at Go Ape in Buxton too.

Peak District Attractions

Eyam village is steeped in history and has its own museum - a must-visit if you're staying up the hill with us. If you feel like discussing the day's hike over a pint, The Miners Arms is a pub with lots of character (and apparently two ghosts). Or for a friendly stop between your adventures, treat yourself to a scrumptious cream tea at the Eyam Tea Rooms. The whole village gets together for fun, floats and fancy dress for the summer carnival too. There's also Eyam Hall if you love your National Trust stately homes; it's only just been opened to the public and has an on-site craft centre. YHA Eyam is close to some award-winning Peak District attractions too, so you could spend a day visiting Chatsworth House or Haddon Hall. Or Bakewell is just a few miles away if you fancy trying their famous pudding. You could even head to Sheffield for a day in its galleries and museums, as the city is less than an hour away from us. We recommend a visit to the Winter Garden - the largest urban glass house is Europe - or a look at Tropical Butterfly House.

The Plague Village

If you've never heard the story of our village, it's a tale worth hearing. In 1665, the plague arrived at Eyam via a parcel of flea-infested cloth from London, which released the deadly disease on the village. Under the advice of the parish clergyman, Eyam's residents made the ultimate sacrifice - they stayed within the confines of their doomed village to stop the spread of plague. You'll find many thought-provoking landmarks around Eyam, such as purifying wells for disinfecting money and the Boundary Stones where supplies were left. The village still holds an annual memorial service, remembering the 260 villagers who were lost. So what are you waiting for? Book a stay and learn the history surrounding YHA Eyam!

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