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Private room
Camping and cabins


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 Truleigh Hill

For the foreseeable future, the following changes will be in operation at YHA Truleigh Hill. 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.


  1. Dorms are not currently available.

Private rooms

  1. This hostel offers private rooms with en-suite or shared toilets and showers facilities with extra Covid-secure cleaning regimes.

Camping & Cabins

  1. Camping pods, landpods, bell tents and bring your own tent camping are now open at this site. Any other Camping & Cabin products remain closed.

  2. We're currently only able to offer shared toilet and shower facilities.

  3. Outdoor sinks are available, with cold running water for drinking and hot water for washing up.

  4. Bedding is provided for pre-pitched YHA Camping & Cabin products but all soft furnishings that can't be easily cleaned have been removed.


  1. Self-catering kitchen(s) remain closed.

  2. Lounge(s) remain closed.

  3. Drying room(s) remain closed.

  4. Dining room(s) are open to guests for the consumption of their own food.

  5. Luggage room/store(s) remain closed.


  1. We will be serving a limited food and drinks menu for guests to take away.

  2. Indoor and outdoor seating for dining is now open at this hostel in line with Government social distancing rules. All tables and chairs are fully cleaned after use.

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.

Set in the South Downs National Park, just inland from the coastal towns of Shoreham, Brighton, Hove and Worthing, YHA Truleigh Hill provides modern accommodation close to some fabulous countryside. The hostel enjoys a pleasant open garden well away from busy roads, making it the perfect spot to bring the kids in the summer months.

Great for exploring the area under your own steam, the hostel is well located for a range of different cycling and walking routes, including the Devil Dyke’s walk and the South Downs Way.

Why guests love YHA Truleigh Hill

  • Perfect for exploring the South Downs Way
  • Close to Brighton
  • Set within extensive, colourful grounds

Accommodation at YHA Truleigh Hill

The hostel

YHA Truleigh Hill has a total of 52 beds, available as dorms or private rooms. After a great makeover to our communal areas in 2015, our transformed hostel looks better than ever. With fresh carpets and a redecorated dining room, feel free to pop in and join our friendly community for a cup of tea and a slice of cake. We've also redecorated our toilets and showers and introduced Wi-Fi connectivity, so there's no reason not to pay us a visit! Cycle hire is now available at the hostel, so why not explore the South Downs on two wheels?

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 and comfy bean bags for you to chill out on during the day plus bedside tables, a coffee table, rugs and soft flooring. Premium bell tents also have the addition of a woodburner to keep you cosy.

There are two premium bell tents at YHA Truleigh Hill and bell tent guests have access to the toilets, showers and self-catering kitchen inside the hostel.


These brand new Landpods, upgraded for 2019, are fully waterproof and sleep up to four adults. They are slightly elevated off the ground for a comfortable night’s sleep under the stars – you can even open the roof for a better view! With LED lighting these cosy pods include all beds and bedding. There is a table, bench and BBQ firepit outside so you can make the most of the great outdoors and dine al fresco.

The new larger Landpod sleeps up to 4 people, on two small double mattresses (one above the other) and a single futon mattress, which doubles up as the seating area. They’re even tall enough to stand up in!

Please note that there is no heating in our Landpods.


Please note that camping is sold per person and not per pitch and so, during the booking process, you will need to select the number of people that you wish to camp.

The YHA Truleigh Hill campsite is situated on the beautiful South Downs way with magnificent views across the English Channel as well as the surrounding countryside. A quiet location close to Shoreham by Sea and Brighton, Truleigh Hill is being earmarked to become another nature reserve in the future. Popular with Duke of Edinburgh Award groups, this campsite is equally suitable for organised groups and families.

Guests have 24 hour access to showers and indoor toilets and there is also an external toilet close to the camping area.
Guests also have access to a self-catering kitchen, lounge and dining room.
Disposable barbecues are welcome.

Opening Times
The campsite is open between March and October, but other arrangements may be made, please contact YHA Truleigh Hill directly.

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.


Food and drink at YHA Truleigh Hill

YHA Truleigh Hill dining room

Eat with us

At YHA Truleigh Hill, we pride ourselves on delivering a fantastic selection of delicious foods and drinks at affordable prices. We are open from 1st April – 31st October from 10am till 4pm, so let us welcome you to rest your legs and indulge your senses after the day’s adventure, exploring the beautiful South Downs National Park. 



Breakfast at YHA Truleigh Hill

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 breakfast buffet. Cold meats, cheeses, fresh fruit and yogurt are on offer for the health conscious or light eaters and, for the hungrier amongst you, a full English breakfast. Vegan and vegetarian options also available. Breakfast is served from 7.30 – 9am and you can get up to 15% off breakfast as part of your online booking.

Supper Club

Supper club at YHA Truleigh Hill

Join our nightly Supper Club. Share stories and experiences with your fellow travellers while tucking into a delicious two-course meal. This is the authentic hostel experience! Don't forget, you can now save up to 15% when you add meals to your online booking.

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All day menu at YHA Truleigh Hill

Choose from our tasty daily specials or delve into our café-bar style menu experience, think scrumptious bar snacks, light bites, stone-baked pizzas and piled-high burgers. Vegan and vegetarian options also available. Kids under 10 eat free with every main meal purchased from the menu.

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  • Basic food shop
  • Cot available
  • Cycle store
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden / grounds


  • Drying room
  • Lounge
  • Luggage store


  • Board games
  • TV

Accommodation options

  • Private rooms available
  • Camping and Cabins

Food & drink

  • Group catering available
  • 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: 07.00 - 10.00 17.00 - 22.00

Check in: 17.00 - 21.00

Check out: Before 10.00

Open every day?: YHA Truleigh Hill is open for bookings every day from March until October. From November until the end of February, the hostel is available for group bookings and YHA Exclusive Hire. During this time, select dates will be open to family and individual bookings, please check the website up to three months in advance to see availability.

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

Parking: There is ample parking spaces for guests.

Pets: Dogs can stay on our campsite and in our bell tents. There is a £5 charge per dog per night for our 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 Truleigh Hill however, assistance dogs are welcome throughout, please advise upon booking.

Wi-Fi: Free wi-fi is available in social spaces.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served from 7.30am til 9am.

YHA Truleigh Hill - Access Statement

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YHA Truleigh Hill

Map references

OS Map: 198

OS Grid Ref: TQ220105

Lat/Lng: 50.882035, -0.26273

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9047

Email: [email protected]

YHA Exclusive Hire

Want to rent the whole property to yourself? YHA Truleigh Hill is available as an Exclusive Hire property from September to March. Please visit our YHA Exclusive Hire website for more information.

YHA School Trips

YHA Truleigh Hill is a great location for students fond of mountain biking, rambling or simply spending time on the seaside. Nearby destinations such as the Royal Pavilion and the Brighton Building provide perfect days out for students and teachers. This hostel provides group catering and beds for up to 56 people.

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


YHA Truleigh Hill is a purpose-built hostel and was proudly opened in 1974 by the Duke of Norfolk. It has seen summer camps, South Downs walkers and a fantastic makeover to communal areas in 2015.

Meet the team

Manager recommends: There's tremendous views over the South Downs and the English Channel. The two day cycling challenge from Winchester to Eastbourne is truly worth the effort. After our makeover in 2015, the team have a hostel that they are super proud of and guests have loved seeing the transformation.

Walkers and cyclists welcome Trip advisor 2020 Travellers Choice award

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