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Bed in a single gender shared dorm
Private room


Covid-19 - Book with confidence

It is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of the current Government guidance. In making a booking with YHA (England & Wales) you are agreeing to adhere to the relevant Government guidance that will apply at the time of your stay. Please bear in mind that the guidance may be different in England and Wales.

The duty of care we have to our guests, beneficiaries, staff and partners compels us to progress and run our hostels with caution and careful consideration in the best interests of the charity and those it serves.

To find out more about our COVID-19 secure enhanced health and safety measures, please read our FAQs.

Temporary changes at YHA Exford

For the foreseeable future, the following changes will likely be in operation at YHA Exford. We are sorry for inconvenience this has caused, we're working hard to safely open all areas of our hostels as soon as we can

Exclusive hire

  1. For the foreseeable future, YHA Exford will operate on an Exclusive Hire basis only, with contact-free check in.

YHA Exford is an attractive, cosy Victorian house, with great facilities including a beautiful, flower-filled garden. For a weekend away in lovely Exmoor National Park accommodation, try this super spot by the River Exe

This is a great location for mountain biking, horse riding and a host of other outdoor activity breaks - making it perfect for school trips. There are open hills and wooded valleys to explore if you're on a walking holiday, and the Somerset and North Devon coasts are nearby should you prefer coastal scenery.

Why guests love YHA Exford

  • Located in Exmoor National Park
  • Great for walking holidays
  • Perfect for school trips

Accommodation at YHA Exford

The hostel

YHA Exford offers a selection of dorm and private rooms, some of which are en-suite. This large Victorian house has a licensed restaurant and bar, classroom facilities, a flower-filled garden, and social areas.

The cosy lounge is full of large comfortable sofas which are perfect for relaxing on. There is also a large TV, tourist information and board games for guests. There is a large dining area with tables and chairs.

YHA Exford is bordered on three sides by the river Exe. This is a beautiful feature, but it is unfenced, so please take care, and do not leave children unattended in the garden


A tranquil wooded garden surrounded on three sides by the river Exe, this site is in the centre of the village of Exford, near to two pubs, a tea room, the village shop and a post office. Exford village is in the heart of Exmoor National Park which is not only an unspoilt and traditional piece of English countryside but is also one of England's Dark Skies Reserves. Staying at YHA Exford means all the fun of camping under the stars combined with all the comfort of Youth Hostel facilities including hot showers, a cosy lounge and a convenient self-catering kitchen as well as tasty meals served by our friendly team.

Capacity is for up to 20 campers.
Shower, WC and self-catering kitchen facilities are inside the Youth Hostel with access provided via the front door code given on arrival. This code provides 24 access.

The car park is located in front of YHA Exford and is just a short walk to the camping pitches.

Important Information
Families should be aware that there is a river running around the grounds and should not leave small children unattended.
Campfires are strictly prohibited.

Bell tents

Get all the fun of camping but without any of the set up stresses with this beautiful bell tent - part of the YHA Glamping experience. This spacious tipi-like tent is fully kitted out with a real double bed and canvas bunk beds, plus all bedding and can sleep four people. The tent also has eco-friendly solar lighting and bedside tables, a coffee table and rug. There is one bell tent available at YHA Exford and bell tent guests will have full use of the hostel's facilities. YHA Exford’s bell tent is available to book for stays between June and October.

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. You can check availability for Exclusive Hire on our dedicated website.


Food and drink at YHA Exford



YHA Exford offers delicious meals served in our licensed restaurant and bar at across the road at The Exmoor White Horse Inn including home-cooked evening meals and lunches, packed lunches and breakfast is also available, please enquire on arrival.



  • Classroom
  • Cot available
  • Cycle store
  • Garden / grounds


  • Drying room
  • Laundry
  • Lounge


  • Board games

Accommodation options

  • Private rooms available
  • En suite rooms available
  • Camping and Cabins

Food & drink

  • Group catering available
  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen (currently closed)

Transportation & parking

  • Parking

Other YHA products

  • Trade bookings
  • YHA Exclusive Hire
  • YHA School Trips

Need to know

Reception times: 08.00 - 20.00 Reception and check in is at The Exmoor White Horse Inn main reception. Late arrivals please notify us in advance.

Check in: 14.00 - 20.00. If you will be arriving later than this, please notify us in advance.

Check out: Please check out by 10.00

Open every day?: No

Towels and toiletries: Towels and toiletries are not provided but are available to hire or purchase from reception. Bedding is supplied.

Parking: Yes

Pets: Pets are not permitted at YHA Exford however, assistance dogs are welcome throughout, please advise upon booking.

YHA Exford

Map references

OS Map: 181

OS Grid Ref: SS853383

Lat/Lng: 51.132639, -3.640911

Contact information

Phone: 03452602703

Email: [email protected]

YHA School Trips

YHA Exford is a great place for combining a study retreat with an activity break in a picturesque part of Somerset. With group catering available, a classroom and 49 beds, this hostel is well equipped for a school visit. 

Visit the YHA School Trips website to book your stay.

Meeting rooms

Exe Mead was a large Victorian villa that sat across from the original YHA Exford Cottages. Exe Mead was built around the 1890s as a wedding present, however the recipient never got married. In 1944, the hostel was used by American soldiers and converted into a makeshift barracks for six months.

YHA acquired the hostel in 1964 and opened very quickly, however the hostel needed substantial work and wouldn't have an official opening until early in 1966. 



There are currently no volunteering opportunities at YHA Exford. Please visit YHA Volunteering to see what opportunities are available.

Meet the team

Manager recommends: After a day of activities or walking the moor, come back to the hostel and try stargazing. In this beautiful area of Exmoor National Park, the stars are amazingly clear.

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