The stately home and 1000 acre park of the Duke of Devonshire.
YHA Eyam is a Victorian folly resembling a tiny turreted castle, perched on the hillside above the historic village of Eyam. The house was built in 1887 – the Golden Jubilee year of Queen Victoria and it became a youth hostel in 1972 after several changes in ownership.
The hostel is well-used by school groups, walking groups, families and individuals who come to enjoy the beautiful Derbyshire countryside and discover more about the tragic story of the villagers of Eyam who sacrificed themselves to the Plague in the 17th century.
Why guests love YHA Eyam
Accommodation at YHA Eyam
This 60 bed Youth Hostel has ten rooms in the Main House ranging in size from two to eight beds (all bunk-beds) and four rooms in the Coach House (again bunk-beds). The dining rooms can seat up to 36 and 24 people respectively.
We have a variety of board games, lego, a train set, puzzles and books etc, for children and a selection of books and magazines for adults. The games room has a pool table and vending machines for drinks and snacks. The two function rooms are ideal for groups who wish to celebrate special occasions – birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions and can also be booked by school groups as classrooms. They can seat up to 36 and 24. The self-catering facilities are only suitable for families and individuals. The facilities are limited and not located within the main hostel, so it might be advisable to book meals with us.
Food and drink at YHA Eyam
- Cot available
- Cycle store
- Free wi-fi
- Garden / grounds
- Board games
- Games room
- Private rooms available
- En suite rooms available
Food & drink
- Group catering available
- Licensed bar
- Meals available
- Self-catering kitchen
Transportation & parking
Other YHA products
- Meeting Rooms & Corporate Hire
- Trade bookings
- YHA School Trips
Need to know
Check in: 17.00 - 22.00
Check out: Before 10.00
Open every day?: No - YHA Eyam is closed on Sundays from November until February. Beds and rooms become available to book three months in advance so see the website to check availability.
Towels and toiletries: Towels and toiletries are not supplied but are available to hire or buy from reception. Bedding is supplied.
Pets: Pets are not permitted at YHA Eyam. Assistance dogs are welcome.
Wi-Fi: Free wi-fi is available in social spaces.
Parking: Parking is available in a car park at the bottom of our driveway. You are welcome to proceed up the drive in order to unload your luggage and then return your vehicle to the car-park afterwards.
Breakfast: Breakfast is served from 7.30 til 9am
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YHA School Trips
YHA Eyam is within easy access of sites of interest for a range of subjects including, PE, geography excursions and history trips. With 60 beds, group catering available, classroom facilities and a games room, YHA Eyam has everything a school trip needs.
Visit the YHA School Trips website for more information.
Volunteering with YHA is a fantastic way to have fun, learn new skills, boost your CV and travel to different places. We have a variety of different opportunities to choose from and volunteering roles to suit everyone.
The tasks are varied and in return you will meet some great people, who both work and stay in our hostels, as well as enjoying your time off discovering the local area and attractions.
You can find out more and apply to volunteer at this hostel on the volunteering website.
Over a hundred years ago, in the Golden Jubilee year of Queen Victoria’s reign, Beech Hurst was built as a Victorian folly. Massive iron gates were constructed to guard the entrance to the rough holly-lined drive. The house with its imposing tower was built into the steep hillside and surrounded by beech trees which helped to prevent the shale from shifting and provided some degree of protection from the elements. The first owner was William Nixon (Old Nick as he was often called), a magistrate at Bakewell Assizes whose fines were so heavy he had a bell installed in the tower to summon his protectors should any of his former “clients” come to visit. After 50 years the house was found to be ivy-clad and in need of repairs – the bell lay silent, bats filled the tower and the grounds were unkempt. The house was owned by a Captain Bird and then by Frank Robinson – the owner of the Glebe Mine – who installed mains water. The next owners – the Hickmans - installed heating and restored the gardens to their former glory. The house was bought by YHA in the early 1970s and the hostel opened in 1972.
Meet the team
Rob and Terri have run the youth hostel for 24 years (!), bringing up their three children in the village. They previously ran YHA Crowden together (sadly no longer a youth hostel) and before that they were assistants at YHA Hartington and YHA Ilam Hall.
Manager recommends: Take the walking trail around the village to discover the tragic history of Eyam - an interesting history lesson for a family weekend break. YHA Eyam is an ideal location for cheap breaks and as the hostel sits on the boundary of the White and Dark Peak there’s lots of excellent routes for a walking holiday.