YHA South Downs Exterior

YHA South Downs

Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6JS

Great 89%

(144 reviews)

Bed in a single sex shared dorm - Beds from £15.99
Private room - Rooms from £25.99
Camping and cabins - Units from £25.99

Overview

Opened officially by HRH the Queen in 2013, YHA South Downs is a uniquely refurbished Sussex farmhouse in an enviable location right on the South Downs Way. Perfect for anyone wanting to walk in the rolling Sussex countryside, the hostel is surrounded by the hills of the South Downs National Park, and enjoys substantial grounds of its own.

The lively town of Brighton is just a 25 minute train journey away too, with Southease station literally on the hostel’s doorstep, meaning visitors can easily enjoy the best of both worlds.

Why guests love YHA South Downs

  • Officially opened by HRH The Queen in 2013
  • 25 minutes on the train from Brighton
  • Within the South Downs National Park

Accommodation at YHA South Downs

The hostel

This refurbished Sussex farmhouse and barn building are packed full of original features and there's 66 beds in a selection of dorm rooms and private rooms.

YHA South Downs at a glance:

  • £3 million renovation
  • On the South Downs Way
  • Situated on an idyllic farmstead
  • Fully licensed bar
  • Brand new Courtyard Café
  • A total of 66 beds

There is a small laundry room with a coin operated industrial washing machine and tumble dryer plus a separate drying room with plenty of hanging space.

Camping pods

If you love the great outdoors but not the elements that come with camping, these pods could be right up your street. We have four wooden pods which are heated and include beds, futons and bedding. Two Standard Pods sleeping two (on futon beds) and two Large Pods sleeping four (on a double futon and 2 single beds) are available in the grounds of this hostel and guests in these pods will have access to all the Youth Hostel's facilities. Each pod has an individual decking area which is perfect for having a disposable BBQ!

Bell tents

Get all the fun of camping but without any of the set up stresses with these beautiful bell tents - part of the YHA Glamping experience. These spacious tipi-like tents are fully kitted out with a double futon bed and two single futons plus all bedding and can sleep four people. They also have eco-friendly solar lighting, a log burner and comfy bean bags for you to chill out on during the day plus bedside tables, a coffee table, rugs and soft flooring.

There are two premium bell tents available at YHA South Downs which are available to book for stays between Easter and the end of September.

Camping

YHA South Downs also offers camping facilities on a limited number of dates. Campers will get the full use of the hostel's facilities. Please contact YHA South Downs directly for more information and to book.

Hire the whole place

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.

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Food and drink at YHA South Downs

YHA South Downs cafe

Eat with us

Our Courtyard Cafe provides the opportunity to relax and unwind after a long walk or day on the coast. Offering a broad selection of delicious food throughout the day, alongside a range of freshly made hot drinks and a well-stocked bar. Open daily to guests and passers-by, let us welcome you to rest your legs and indulge your senses after the day’s adventure.

Breakfast

Breakfast at YHA South Downs

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we want to make sure you get off to a great start so we provide a full hot and cold buffet. Cold meats, cheeses, fresh fruit and yoghurt are on offer for the health conscious or light eaters and, for the hungrier amongst you, a full English breakfast. Breakfast is served from 7.30 – 9am and you can get 10% off breakfast when you book online.

Evening meals

Evening meals at YHA South Downs

Join our nightly Supper Club, share stories and experiences with your fellow travellers while tucking into a big pot of something delicious – this is the authentic hostel experience! Don’t forget, kids under 10 eat free – get one kid’s meal free with every adult’s meal.

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Packed lunch

Packed lunch at YHA South Downs

Energise your outdoor adventure with a nutritious packed picnic lunch. Prepared for you on request, our delicious packed lunches include a sandwich with a selection of fillings to choose from, a chocolate bar, a bottle of still mineral water, a packet of crisps and a piece of fresh fruit.

Facilities

General

  • Ambulant accessible
  • Classroom
  • Cot available
  • Cycle store
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden / grounds
  • Wheelchair accessible

Essentials

  • Drying room
  • Laundry
  • Lounge

Entertainment

  • Board games
  • Library/Quiet room
  • TV

Accommodation options

  • Camping and Cabins

Food & drink

  • Cafe
  • Dining room
  • Group catering available
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen

Transportation & parking

  • Parking

Other YHA products

  • Meeting Rooms & Corporate Hire
  • Sole use
  • Trade bookings
  • YHA Exclusive Hire
  • YHA School Trips

Need to know

Reception times: 7:30am to 10am 3pm - 10pm 24hr access after check-in Courtyard Café Open to the public from 10am until 4pm. We also serve breakfast and evening meals for residents.

Check in: 17.00 - 22.00

Check out: Before 10.00

Open every day?: Yes

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

Parking: There is free parking on site for both cars and coaches a short distance from the hostel entrance. There is parking on the central courtyard, closer to the hostel, for disabled guests.

Pets: Dogs can stay on our campsite and in our camping pods and bell tents. There is a £5 charge per dog per night for our camping pod and bell tent accommodation which is payable upon arrival. You can bring your dog for free if you are camping in your own tent. Pets are not permitted in the hostel accommodation at YHA South Downs however, assistance dogs are welcome throughout, please advise upon booking.

YHA South Downs - Access Statement

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YHA South Downs

Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6JS

Map references

OS Map: 198

OS Grid Ref: TQ433055

Lat/Lng: 50.831591, 0.034021

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9574

Email: [email protected]

YHA Exclusive Hire

Make YHA South Downs your home for a few days by booking the whole place for yourself! Visit our YHA Exclusive Hire website for more information.

YHA School Trips

YHA South Downs has state of the art facilities for schools in a traditional Sussex farmhouse and associated buildings with acres of land for on-site activities. The hostel provides delicious meals as well as a library and classroom.

Visit the YHA School Trips website for more information.

Meeting rooms

At YHA South Downs we have one meeting room available for hire.

Capacity: Up to 40 delegates depending on seating configuration.
Available Equipment: Phone, projector, flipchart, pens, extension lead, data cables, clock, coat rack
Parking: Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Accessibility: The meeting room is on the first floor and has step-free access via a platform lift. The closest accessible WC is located on the ground floor of the same building. There are marked accessible bays available in the car park. For more information please see our access statement.
Air conditioning: There is no air conditioning in this meeting room. There is central heating and windows in the roof which can be opened.

Meeting rooms available from: £75

 

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Volunteering

We are very grateful for all of the help and support that our generous volunteers give to YHA. We are proud of our “Investors in Volunteering” accreditation and have a wide range of opportunities available across the country, all of which will provide great learning or social experiences and help us to create even more opportunities for young people.

Volunteering is a great way to meet people, visit new places, gain experiences and have fun. Full details of all of our various volunteering programmes can be found on theVolunteering website.

At YHA South Downs we offer the following volunteering opportunities subject to availability:

Please contact [email protected] or call 01629 592562 for more information.

Meet the team

Hostel Manager Natalie recommends: Take a stroll up Firle Beacon, just a short walk from the hostel door and take in the stunning 360° views across the hills and out to sea. Afterwards, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a cake in our café as a reward for your efforts! You can always wonder at the wildlife - whether it be the wading birds on the beach, the flowers and butterflies of the hillside or the fascinating underwater world of the rock pools.

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