YHA Bridges exterior
Bed in a shared room from £22.00/night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Central heating
  • Cot available
  • En-suite rooms available
  • Hangers
  • Heating
  • Hot water
  • Lock on doors
  • Smoke alarm
  • WiFi in shared rooms

Need to know

Check in:
From 17:00 - 22:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
Bedding:
Bedding is supplied in all our shared rooms.
Private room from £75.00/night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Central heating
  • Cot available
  • Disabled access rooms available
  • En-suite rooms available
  • Hangers
  • Heating
  • Hot water
  • Lock on doors
  • Smoke alarm
  • WiFi in rooms

Need to know

Check in:
From 17:00 - 22:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
Bedding:
Bedding is supplied in all our private rooms.
Entire place - Whole hostel from £999.00/night
  • Whole hostel

    4 bathrooms 5 bedrooms sleeps up to 28 guests

    A former village school, YHA Bridges offers a traditional hostelling experience with original features including a grand fireplace. The ideal spot for those looking for the perfect countryside walking holiday with family and friends.

    From £999.00/night

Amenities

  • Ambulant accessible
  • BBQ area
  • Bed linen
  • Carbon monoxide alarm
  • Central heating
  • Cleaning basics
  • Cooking basics
  • Cot available
  • Disabled access rooms available
  • Dishes and cutlery
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Fridge
  • Garden/grounds
  • Grill
  • Hangers
  • Heating
  • Highchair
  • Hot water
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Lock on doors
  • Microwave
  • Mini fridge
  • Outdoor play area
  • Outdoor seating
  • Oven
  • Shower(s)
  • Smoke alarm
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • WiFi in rooms
  • WiFi in shared rooms

Need to know

Check in:
From 16:00 - 22:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
Heating:
There is central heating throughout the property.
Bedding:
Bedding is supplied in all our rooms.
Checking in:
You will receive an email prior to your arrival with the property address and check-in instructions.
Guest access:
Guests have use of the whole property.
WiFi:
Free WiFi is available in social spaces.
Dogs:
Pets are not permitted at YHA Bridges. Assistance dogs are welcome.

Shared spaces

Kitchen and dining

The small kitchen is located on the ground floor and includes a range of conveniences listed below.

Kitchen appliances: grill, kettle, microwave, mini fridge, oven, refrigerator, stove, toaster.

Kitchenware: dishes and cutlery for 28 people, kitchen utensils, pots, pans.

Cooking basics: salt and pepper, tomato sauce, brown sauce.

Cleaning basics: anti-bacterial spray, bin bags, paper towels, soap, tea towels, washing up liquid.

Located on the ground floor, the dining room seats up to 28 people. There are 5 tables with bench seating.

A highchair is available.

Lounge

The separate lounge is located on the ground floor and seats up to six people. There are 4 armchairs, a comfy sofa and a selection of board games. You can cosy up by the open fire in the winter months.

Bathrooms

Across the entire building there is a total of four bathrooms.

En-suite bathrooms: 2

Toilets: 6

Showers: 6

Outdoors

Outside is a large garden.

The garden is not enclosed.

Guests have full access to the garden.

Outdoor amenities: BBQ area, benches, cycle store, grass/lawn, outdoor play area, picnic tables.

Sleeping arrangements

Across the entire building there is a total of five bedrooms.

Ground floor

Two en-suite rooms that sleep up to 4 people each. They include 2 sets of bunk beds.

First floor

Two rooms that sleep up to 6 people each. They include 3 sets of bunk beds.

One en-suite room that sleeps up to 8 people. It includes 4 sets of bunk beds.

A cot is available.

Overview

Good to Go England

COVID-19 Industry Standard

In Partnership with The National Tourist Organisation of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

In recognition that this business has confirmed that they have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.

The tranquil retreat of YHA Bridges has been described as one of the last remaining rural idylls. You can enjoy a traditional hostelling experience at this former village school, set within the wonderful landscape of the Shropshire Hills AONB.

YHA Bridges has, since May 1931, made a lovely base for walkers and cyclists. Our hostel includes a cosy lounge with an open fire. Enjoy a choice of our home-cooked three course evening meals with ingredients from our fruit and vegetable garden served at 7pm, for £12.50, book direct with the hostel.

Why guests love YHA Bridges

  • Delicious home-cooked meals available
  • Ideal location for easy going outdoor activities
  • Grounds to enjoy

Accommodation at YHA Bridges

Bed in a shared room

Dorms are not currently available. 

Dorm rooms have multiple beds, are typically more affordable than private rooms, and shared with other people who may not be travelling together. A typical shared room includes bunk beds, a reading light and a storage cupboard for each guest, secured by a padlock if required.

Children aged between 12 and 15 can stay in dorm rooms as long as an adult of the same gender accompanies them.

Some dorms may be en-suites, meaning that they have a bathroom in the room that you would be sharing with the other people in your dorm.

Private rooms

Don't fancy sharing a room? Private rooms typically include a storage cupboard for each bed, secured by a padlock if required, a reading light and a wash hand basin. Shared shower and toilet facilities are located near to the room.

Private en-suite rooms

Enjoy your own space with a private en-suite room. Private rooms typically include a storage cupboard for each bed, secured by a padlock if required, a reading light and a wash hand basin.

Hire the whole hostel

This hostel is occasionally made available for hire on an exclusive basis. This means that you can have the place to yourself and choose how many of your friends, family, club mates, etc., join you.

We allocate availability for exclusive use in blocks, typically up to 90 days in the future. If you are looking for space to stay with us on a normal shared basis, and can’t see any availability three months or more into the future, then this hostel may be being held for Exclusive Hire.

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Food and drink at YHA Bridges

YHA Bridges evening meal

Meals

After a day exploring in the hills, you'll have built up a healthy appetite. You can enjoy a meal at the hostel and follow it up with a pint at The Bridges country pub next door!

Utilising our vegetable patch, hearty meals are available in the evenings. Personalised menus can be made for pre-booked groups for vegetarians and those with special dietary requirements. We also serve a delicious breakfast and offer packed lunch options.

Hostel facilities

  • Ambulant accessible
  • BBQ area
  • Breakfast
  • Cycle store
  • Dining room
  • Evening meals
  • Free parking on premises
  • Full mobile coverage
  • Games
  • Garden/grounds
  • Group meals
  • Highchair
  • Large garden/grounds
  • Minibus parking on premises
  • Outdoor play area
  • Outdoor seating
  • Packed lunch
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Shared drying room
  • Shared lounge
  • Sole use
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • WiFi

Hostel need to know

Seasonal opening pattern: YHA Bridges is open all year round except Christmas Day.

Hostel opening hours: YHA Bridges is open to the public from Monday - Sunday, 07:00 - 10:00 and 17:00 - 22:00.

Reception hours: From 07:00 - 10:00 and 17:00 - 22:00.

Parking: There is free parking at the hostel.

WiFi: Free WiFi is available in social spaces.

Dogs: Pets are not permitted at YHA Bridges. Assistance dogs are welcome.

YHA Bridges - Access Statement

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YHA Bridges

Map references

OS Map: 137

OS Grid Ref: SO395965

Lat/Lng: 52.562452, -2.894622

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 260 2569

Email: [email protected]

History

The hostel takes its name from the three bridges which span the East Onny River and Darnford Brook. It was built as a village school in 1866, commissioned by Lady Scott, Lady of the Manor of Wetnor and Ratlinghope. She built the school for the children of her employees, seeking to encourage her workers to stay with her, rather than join the drift to the factories of Industrial England.

The stone for the building came mainly from a local quarry near Norbury, though some of the windowsills are of Cotswold stone. The bell-tower is still standing, but it has lost its pointed top and the original bell, soon to be re-built. The back of the building was originally the school teacher’s house, the school rooms, divided by glass partitions, being at the front.

The building did not survive long as a school - there were not enough children in the area - and for a while it was left largely unused. In 1931 it became a Youth Hostel, making it one of the oldest in the country. It appeared in the first English handbook. Until 1968 the toilets were ‘holes in the ground’ and washing was done in the stream. An old Hostel duty was to hand-pump water from the stream into the Hostel. In the summer of 1991 the Bridges came into the ownership of Michael Boulton. It has since been run in a traditional manner, intentionally sustaining those elements that have made it so popular whilst bringing the facilities more closely in tune with modern experiences.

Meet the team

Manager Mick recommends: Just relax and enjoy walking in the peace and quiet of this beautiful area, before returning to the comfort of your tranquil rural retreat.

Cyclists and Walkers Welcome

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