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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

Dorms are not currently available. 

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!

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. All bell tents include a BBQ fire pit.

Guests have year-round access to 3 shower shacks and 3 toilet shacks, where you can freshen up after a sleeping under the stars.

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!

Guests have year-round access to 3 shower shacks and 3 toilet shacks, where you can freshen up after a sleeping under the stars.

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 year-round access to 3 shower shacks and 3 toilet shacks, where you can freshen up after a sleeping under the stars.

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.

Safari tent

Go wild glamping in one of our luxury African safari inspired tents. Designed for families that like to move about, each safari tent has two bedrooms and sleeps up to six guests comfortably, a campers' kitchen and spacious outside decking with a BBQ - this is the epitome of glamping. You're sure to enjoy your stay in the great outdoors.

As a glamper at our sites, you’ll have access to the all hostel facilities, including the self-catering kitchen and bathrooms, so you can cook delicious meals for friends or freshen up after your night sleeping under the stars.

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

YHA Truleigh Hill is serving a range of tasty food options, including breakfast baps, continental breakfast and a café style menu, for you to enjoy during your visit. A takeaway service is also available.

Breakfast baps

Breakfast baps

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we want to make sure you get off to a great start, so we are now serving delicious breakfast baps and continental breakfast. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

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Café menu at YHA Truleigh Hill

Delve into our café style menu with plenty of delicious options, including paninis, light bites, stone-baked pizzas, and much more. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

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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

Transportation & parking

  • Parking

Other YHA products

  • Trade bookings
  • YHA Exclusive Hire
  • YHA School Trips

Need to know

Closed facilities: The following facilities are temporarily closed at this hostel due to COVID-19 safety measures - meeting room(s), luggage/storage room(s).

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

Check in: From 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, Landpods and safari tents. There is a £5 charge per dog per night for our bell tent, Landpod and safari 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.

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

Breakfast: Breakfast is served daily from 07:30 - 09:00.

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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