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East of England
YHA has a number of hostels which show off the very best coastline that the East of England has to offer, with sites at Hunstanton, Wells-next-the-Sea and Sheringham providing the perfect for a family seaside break. We also have great-value hostels inland at Cambridge and the Stour Valley.
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<p><strong>Five free things to do on family breaks in the East of England</strong></p> <p><strong>Caldecott Horse Sanctuary</strong></p> <p>If you're enamoured by equines then the Caldecott Horse Sanctuary is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. Find out about the valuable work the organisation does in rescuing and caring for horses, and see their success stories enjoying the open spaces. There are also tractor rides and a large play area.</p> <p><strong>The Forum</strong></p> <p>In central Norwich is the &pound;65 million Forum, a central hub for creative experiences in the city. Events include outdoor cinema, theatre, art and craft exhibitions and, during the school holidays, activity days just for kids.</p> <p><strong>The Plantation Garden</strong></p> <p>If you're in Norwich, there's no better place for a stroll than the Plantation Garden. Formed nearly 150 years ago in an old quarry, plants and mixed with gothic architecture for a unique an interesting approach to city-centre parks.</p> <p><strong>St Edmundsbury Cathedral</strong></p> <p>The cathedral in the Suffolk market town of Bury St Edmunds is a stunning piece of architecture, while the stained-glass windows and extravagant painted ceilings ensure that the interior is just as eye-catching. You can learn about the cathedral and the area, while art exhibitions are also held regularly.</p> <p><strong>Enjoy the coast</strong></p> <p>A day at the beach costs nothing, and for kids is often the highlight of the holiday. From the sleepy coves of North Norfolk to the award-winning Southwold Pier in Suffolk, there are plenty of opportunities to make your own entertainment on the beach.&nbsp;</p>
Heart of England
Whether you want an exciting and exhausting city break or a more relaxing stay in the British countryside, if you're looking at the heart of England then YHA has plenty of great options for cheap, high-quality accommodation suitable for families.
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<p><strong>Five free things to do on family breaks in the heart of England</strong></p> <p><strong>St Nicholas Park</strong></p> <p>Just because you're not near the sea, it doesn't mean you can't enjoy a day by the water in the sun. St Nicholas Park in Warwick has an outdoor swimming pool and a paddling pool for young children, as well as beautiful gardens and great play areas. There is also a fun park if you do want to spend a couple of pounds.</p> <p><strong>BBC Public Space</strong></p> <p>At the BBC Public Space in Birmingham, kids can see the inner workings of television and radio studios, and even try their hand at presenting a news item, conducting a weather report or commentating on a football game.</p> <p><strong>RAF Museum Cosford</strong></p> <p>Many kids love planes but it's rare to get the chance to see them up close, yet you can in the museum at RAF Cosford. There are more than 70 different aircraft on display, including classics from the two world wars.</p> <p><strong>Queenswood Country Park</strong></p> <p>If you want a guided journey into nature, the arboretum and walking trails in Queenswood Country Park are just the place to be. See rare and exotic plants and local specimens growing naturally - it's a great way to educate the kids and get them some exercise.</p> <p><strong>Hereford Museum and Art Gallery</strong></p> <p>Inside the spectacular gothic building that is the Hereford Museum and Art Gallery, you can see a range of changing exhibitions, along with thousands of local artefacts permanently on display that give a fantastic insight into this part of the world.</p>
London Calling

You don't need us to tell you that London has lots of attractions - the Tower of London, Madame Tussauds, Big Ben…you get the picture. If you want to have enough money to see as many of these as you can on your stay in the Big Smoke, then a YHA hostel is the perfect option; cheap accommodation in London isn't easy to come by - especially when you consider the quality and general high standards our London hostels offer.

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<p><strong>The Museum of Brands, Packaging &amp; Advertising</strong></p> <p>Hidden away in Notting Hill is the Museum of Brands, Packaging &amp; Advertising. Ok, so the name might not grab you, but we guarantee you'll feel the twangs of nostalgia as you look on the thousands of old designs which cover the walls here, and marvel at how the sight of an old Tango can brings back all sorts of forgotten memories.</p> <p><strong>The Vault</strong></p> <p>Buried beneath the Hard Rock Caf&eacute; is a museum called The Vault, which has some seriously cool music memorabilia, including a guitar once used by Kurt Cobain and hand-written lyrics by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Tours are free, too.</p> <p><strong>Horniman Museum</strong></p> <p>While the big museums pull in the big crowds, the Horniman Museum quietly goes about its business with its eclectic Victorian displays, including strange taxidermy, unusual instruments and an aquarium.</p> <p>And for when you get peckish&hellip;</p> <p><strong>Gingerline</strong></p> <p>While many of YHA's London hostels do great on-site food, if you fancy eating out try getting on the Gingerline. Sign up and at 6pm you'll get an invitation to dinner at an eatery somewhere on the East London Overground. It's a great way to experience eating out in the capital.</p>
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