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South West
Wherever you feel like going in the South West, you're never far from one of our great-value hostels. Whether it's on the beautiful rolling hills of Dartmoor or anywhere along the picturesque bits of coastline, we've got the ideal spot to base a family break.
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<p><strong>Five free things to do on holidays in South West England</strong></p> <p><strong>Cornish Camels</strong></p> <p>One thing you might not expect to find in South-West England is camels - but you'd be wrong. Cornish Camels in Helston, Cornwall has a large number of the interesting animals, and a information centre where you learn all about them, along with caf&eacute; and picnic facilities and play areas for the kids.</p> <p><strong>Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange</strong></p> <p>If you're looking to indulge your artistic side, then Penzance is the place to be. Both the Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange are free to enter, and between them host a variety of works -old and new - from both international and local artists.</p> <p><strong>Hit the beach</strong></p> <p>The South West has so much coastline it's difficult to recommend just one spot, but from the beautiful beaches of North Devon to the craggy coves of the Cornish peninsula and the fossils of the Jurassic Coast, there's something for everyone.</p> <p><strong>Buckfast Abbey</strong></p> <p>This famous place of worship has been standing in this spot between Exeter and Plymouth for over 1,000 years. As well as marvelling at the stunning architecture, there are exhibitions which give you an insight into the lives of the monks - which includes making honey and wine - and beautiful gardens to explore.</p> <p><strong>House of Marbles</strong></p> <p>In Bovey Tracey, Devon you can see first-hand how the classic kids toy, the marble, is made. Watch skilled craftsmen blow the glass and see how those flashes of colour are added, and of course there are thousands of different marbles and games to enjoy.</p>
South East
The sunny South East promises a fantastic holiday in the countryside; even more so when you stay in one of our fantastic YHA hostels across the region. Whether you're seeking a rural holiday or a city break by the sea, you're bound to find the right accommodation for you and your family.
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<p><strong>Five free things to do in the South East <br /> </strong> <br /> <strong>Explore the New Forest<br /> </strong>The perfect country escape for kids and adults alike, explore the New Forest for day after day of adventure. Look out for ponies and donkeys - and don't forget to stop in a caf&eacute; for tea and cake every so often!<br /> <br /> <strong>Head to the beach<br /> </strong>The pebble beaches of Eastbourne are a delight for those seeking a quiet seaside holiday, while the new sandy shores of Margate promise plenty of attractions and facilities, as well as a fantastic summery atmosphere.<br /> <br /> <strong>Visit Brighton<br /> </strong>Brighton is the perfect city by the sea, offering fresh air and plenty to see and do. Watch the street performers in the North Laines, have an ice-cream on Brighton Pier, or have a picnic in the gardens of the spectacular Brighton Pavilion.<br /> <br /> <strong>Walks<br /> </strong>The South East boasts an incredibly diverse ecosystem, ranging from the chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters to the sand dunes of the South Downs. Pack a bag, pick a direction and head into the countryside!<br /> <br /> <strong>Discover the Isle of Wight<br /> </strong>From our YHA Totland hostel you can reach the Tennyson Downs, boasting some of the finest scenery in the Isle of Wight. You can even join a walking festival in spring or autumn to share the experience with other nature-lovers. &nbsp;</p>
Wales
From Swansea to Llandudno, YHA has a fantastic selection of hostels for comfy, low-cost accommodation all over Wales. Whether you're taking a city break in Cardiff, exploring Snowdonia or taking a seaside family holiday in Wales, we have welcoming hostels in beautiful locations ready to make your break unforgettable.
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<p><strong>Five free things to do in Wales</strong></p> <p><strong>The Cardiff Story<br /> </strong>Learn all about the Welsh capital's heritage at this exhibition, learning how it went from a small market town in the 14th century to the bustling metropolis it is today. This fantastic array of photographs and historical artefacts is a fun and educational day out for visitors of all ages.</p> <p><strong>Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal<br /> </strong>Considered by many to be Britain's most picturesque waterway, the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal runs for 35 miles through the Usk Valley from Brecon to Five Locks. It's the perfect place for a long walk or bike ride on a family holiday in Wales, and well worth bringing a camera along to snap the stunning surroundings.</p> <p><strong>Coity Castle<br /> </strong>Built by one of the legendary Twelve Knights of Glamorgan, this Norman castle near Bridgend remains a magnificent sight despite its ruined state. Kids will love taking a walk around the crumbling walls and towers, imagining the days it was filled with knights and soldiers planning heroic deeds!</p> <p><strong>National Roman Legion Museum<br /> </strong>Discover what archaeologists have unearthed from Caerlon in Gwent, which once served as the base of the second Augustan Legion. As well as the weaponry and armour on display, you can take a stroll through the beautiful Roman Garden and see the remains of the most well-preserved amphitheatre in Britain.</p> <p><strong>Llandudno Pier<br /> </strong>There's no better way to experience a seaside holiday than walking along a pier, and Llandudno has the longest one in Wales. The slot machines, ice creams and candyfloss may not be free, but you don't need them to enjoy this beautiful pier and its stunning coastal town.</p>
East of England
YHA has a number of hostels which show off the very best coastline that the East of England has to offer, with sites at Hunstanton, Wells-next-the-Sea and Sheringham providing the perfect for a family seaside break. We also have great-value hostels inland at Cambridge and the Stour Valley.
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<p><strong>Five free things to do on family breaks in the East of England</strong></p> <p><strong>Caldecott Horse Sanctuary</strong></p> <p>If you're enamoured by equines then the Caldecott Horse Sanctuary is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. Find out about the valuable work the organisation does in rescuing and caring for horses, and see their success stories enjoying the open spaces. There are also tractor rides and a large play area.</p> <p><strong>The Forum</strong></p> <p>In central Norwich is the &pound;65 million Forum, a central hub for creative experiences in the city. Events include outdoor cinema, theatre, art and craft exhibitions and, during the school holidays, activity days just for kids.</p> <p><strong>The Plantation Garden</strong></p> <p>If you're in Norwich, there's no better place for a stroll than the Plantation Garden. Formed nearly 150 years ago in an old quarry, plants and mixed with gothic architecture for a unique an interesting approach to city-centre parks.</p> <p><strong>St Edmundsbury Cathedral</strong></p> <p>The cathedral in the Suffolk market town of Bury St Edmunds is a stunning piece of architecture, while the stained-glass windows and extravagant painted ceilings ensure that the interior is just as eye-catching. You can learn about the cathedral and the area, while art exhibitions are also held regularly.</p> <p><strong>Enjoy the coast</strong></p> <p>A day at the beach costs nothing, and for kids is often the highlight of the holiday. From the sleepy coves of North Norfolk to the award-winning Southwold Pier in Suffolk, there are plenty of opportunities to make your own entertainment on the beach.&nbsp;</p>
Heart of England
Whether you want an exciting and exhausting city break or a more relaxing stay in the British countryside, if you're looking at the heart of England then YHA has plenty of great options for cheap, high-quality accommodation suitable for families.
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<p><strong>Five free things to do on family breaks in the heart of England</strong></p> <p><strong>St Nicholas Park</strong></p> <p>Just because you're not near the sea, it doesn't mean you can't enjoy a day by the water in the sun. St Nicholas Park in Warwick has an outdoor swimming pool and a paddling pool for young children, as well as beautiful gardens and great play areas. There is also a fun park if you do want to spend a couple of pounds.</p> <p><strong>BBC Public Space</strong></p> <p>At the BBC Public Space in Birmingham, kids can see the inner workings of television and radio studios, and even try their hand at presenting a news item, conducting a weather report or commentating on a football game.</p> <p><strong>RAF Museum Cosford</strong></p> <p>Many kids love planes but it's rare to get the chance to see them up close, yet you can in the museum at RAF Cosford. There are more than 70 different aircraft on display, including classics from the two world wars.</p> <p><strong>Queenswood Country Park</strong></p> <p>If you want a guided journey into nature, the arboretum and walking trails in Queenswood Country Park are just the place to be. See rare and exotic plants and local specimens growing naturally - it's a great way to educate the kids and get them some exercise.</p> <p><strong>Hereford Museum and Art Gallery</strong></p> <p>Inside the spectacular gothic building that is the Hereford Museum and Art Gallery, you can see a range of changing exhibitions, along with thousands of local artefacts permanently on display that give a fantastic insight into this part of the world.</p>
London Calling

You don't need us to tell you that London has lots of attractions - the Tower of London, Madame Tussauds, Big Ben…you get the picture. If you want to have enough money to see as many of these as you can on your stay in the Big Smoke, then a YHA hostel is the perfect option; cheap accommodation in London isn't easy to come by - especially when you consider the quality and general high standards our London hostels offer.

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<p><strong>The Museum of Brands, Packaging &amp; Advertising</strong></p> <p>Hidden away in Notting Hill is the Museum of Brands, Packaging &amp; Advertising. Ok, so the name might not grab you, but we guarantee you'll feel the twangs of nostalgia as you look on the thousands of old designs which cover the walls here, and marvel at how the sight of an old Tango can brings back all sorts of forgotten memories.</p> <p><strong>The Vault</strong></p> <p>Buried beneath the Hard Rock Caf&eacute; is a museum called The Vault, which has some seriously cool music memorabilia, including a guitar once used by Kurt Cobain and hand-written lyrics by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Tours are free, too.</p> <p><strong>Horniman Museum</strong></p> <p>While the big museums pull in the big crowds, the Horniman Museum quietly goes about its business with its eclectic Victorian displays, including strange taxidermy, unusual instruments and an aquarium.</p> <p>And for when you get peckish&hellip;</p> <p><strong>Gingerline</strong></p> <p>While many of YHA's London hostels do great on-site food, if you fancy eating out try getting on the Gingerline. Sign up and at 6pm you'll get an invitation to dinner at an eatery somewhere on the East London Overground. It's a great way to experience eating out in the capital.</p>
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