Region: South West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: See individual listings, ,

Contact: 0800 0195 465



The South West

Much of the YHA hostel network is available for use by groups and schools. We offer both group accommodation that’s great for teacher-led residentials as well as complete packages. Unless stated the hostel is bed and board only. For details of our specialist packages please click on the hostel link or scroll down.

YHA Bath - Bathwick Hill, Bath, BA2 6LA:

YHA Beer - Bovey Combe, Beer, Seaton, Devon, EX12 3LL:

YHA Boscastle - Palace Stables, Boscastle, Cornwall, PL35 0HD:

YHA Bristol - 14 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA:

YHA Boswinger, Gorran, St Austell, Cornwall PL26 6LL:

YHA Cheddar, Hillfield, Cheddar, Somerset BS27 3HN:

Package available: Action Adventure

YHA Coverack, Parc Behan, School Hill, Coverack, Helston, Cornwall TR12 6SA:

YHA Dartmoor, Bellever, Postbridge, Devon PL20 6TU:

Package available: History

YHA Eden Project,  Eden Project Bodelva, Cornwall, PL24 2SG:

YHA Exford - Exe Mead, Exford, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 7PU:

YHA Pinkery - Pinkery Centre, Simonsbath, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 7LL

YHA Lands End, Letcha Vean, St Just-in-Penwith, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 7NT:

YHA Lulworth Cove, School Lane, West Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5SA:

YHA Minehead, Alcombe Combe, Minehead, Somerset TA24 6EW:

YHA Okehampton, Klondyke Road, Okehampton, Devon EX20 1EW:
Packages available: Action adventure and Science

YHA Okehampton Bracken Tor, Bracken Tor, Saxongate, Okehampton, Devon EX20 1QW:
Packages available: Action adventure and Science

YHA Penzance, Castle Horneck, Penzance, Cornwall TR20 8TF

YHA Pinkery - Pinkery Centre, Simonsbath, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 7LL:

YHA Portland, Hardy House, Castle Road, Castle Town, Portland, DT5 1AU:

YHA Salisbury, Milford Hill, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 2QW:

YHA St Briavels, Lydney, Gloucestershire GL15 6RG:
Package available: History

YHA Swanage - Cluny, Cluny Crescent, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 2BS:

YHA Treyarnon - Tregonnan, Treyarnon, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8JR:

Take a trip to the South West and your students will find glorious rural retreats, wonderful beaches and plenty to see and do. You’re in for exhilarating days and relaxed nights in this part of England. Travel the coastal paths of Cornwall for beautiful views; test your mettle with an adventure sport on Dartmoor and the coast; or travel to Lulworth Cove for a geography lesson with a difference.

why you are great for educational visits?

We pride ourselves on our passion and our positioning. Our hostel teams are enthusiastic about what they do and can offer you great advice about the best local places to visit. They’ll be happy to help you in your educational excursion planning. The YHA network is vast and diverse which means that with us you’ll never be very far away from a breathtaking view, a capital of culture or a thrilling outdoor adventure. Please see the YHA School Trips website for details of particular hostels and nearby attractions.

What size groups do they cater for?

Our hostels range in size. The smallest in the network have approximately 20 beds and the largest well over 100. Whatever your group size we have a destination that’s just right.

Please provide location information?

See above listing for web links to each venue in the South West.

Is there anything you offer specifically for educational visits?

Feeling the pressure of having to organize every little detail? Then relax, let us do the hard work and concentrate on having as good a time as your students.

At YHA we’re working towards the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge for all our School Trips centres.

Take a look at our venue packages and choose between one or two days of YHA-led activities:

Action Adventure Package – Okehampton/Okehampton Bracken Tor/Cheddar - Get stuck into all manner of exciting outdoor pursuits! What will you get up to? Raft building, kayaking, gorge scrambling, mountain boarding, high ropes, climbing, caving or archery?

Education Package – Science – Okehampton/Okehampton Bracken Tor - Discover plants, learn how to protect wildlife and visit the Eden Project - suitable for KS1, 2 and 3.

Education package – History – Discover Dartmoor’s past with visits to its Bronze Age settlements, medieval bridges and deserted tin mines - KS2

Education package – History - Take a journey back to medieval times at St Briavels. Learn how best to keep out pesky invaders and tuck into a banquet to celebrate being king of this castle. - KS2

Can you provide information regarding room sizes and room facilities?

Hostel bedrooms vary in size and are furnished with single and bunk beds. En suite rooms are available in most hostels.

Are visitors allowed to take photos, video or audio, if appropriate?

Photography, video and audio recording at hostels is not subject to copyright restrictions although we ask that permission be sought from those being photographed/recorded.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

We want group leaders to know that everything is in place for a successful visit before they arrive with their charges. That’s why we offer a free pre-trip hostel visit for two with every provisional full-board school trip booking.

Take the time to meet hostel staff, find out about fire safety arrangements and let us help with your risk assessment. This free night’s stay with breakfast gives you a chance to raise any queries that might not have occurred in the initial planning phase.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

The individual hostels don’t have a designated education officer but for information, help or advice about an educational trip please call free on 0800 0195 465.

What is the cost of the accommodation?

Education base packages cost £45 per child (excl. VAT.)

Action Adventure base packages cost £120 per child (excl. VAT.)

We offer one free group leader place for every ten students booked on a YHA School Trips package.

For up-to-date bed and board prices contact our friendly team of group advisors on 0800 0195 465.

Reduce the cost of your trip with a free groups membership, available to educational and young persons groups. To find out if you qualify call us on 0800 0191 700.

Please list facilities available?

Hostel facilities typically include:

Board games, café bar, classroom/educational meeting room, conference facilities, cycle store, drying room, games room, garden/grounds, laundry, library, parking, restaurant with table license, TV and Wi-Fi.

For hostel-specific details please see

Many of our hostels offer group catering.

Let us do the hard work…

It’s important that groups eat well so that they’ll get the most out of their time with YHA. To this end we take care to source local seasonal produce as much as possible and the meat we serve, with bacon as the only exception, is Red Tractor accredited. So… before, during and after a long day’s adventuring you can be sure you’re tucking into quality fare.

Our nutritious breakfasts include options such as fresh fruit, cereal and yoghurt. If you prefer a cooked breakfast then treat your taste buds to hot options that include bacon, eggs, sausage and beans. You won’t be disappointed when it comes to the most important meal of the day.

We offer tasty picnic lunches to keep your group energised for their afternoon. Lunches include sandwiches, crisps, cereal bars, mineral water and fruit.

Dinner provides an excellent opportunity to get together and chat about newfound confidence, knowledge or experience. Choose a hot or cold meat or vegetarian main meal, add some veg and some comforting carbohydrate and you have the recipe for a satisfying YHA dinner.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

You’ll find first aid kits at all YHA sites but if you’re taking a group out on non-YHA staffed excursions we ask that you bring additional supplies.

The safety and wellbeing of our visitors is very important to us. We log incidents electronically to make sure that any injuries are treated quickly and future accidents avoided. If anything does happen, it’s important to let us know as soon as possible so we can respond effectively.

Are there disabled facilities?

YHA is dedicated to ensuring that as many people as possible have access to our facilities.

Please call 0800 0195 465 to discuss your group’s requirements.

Age of Children / Pupils: 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

Accommodation Type: Hostels

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