Region: West Midlands

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

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Contact: 0800 0195 465




The West Midlands and Heart of England

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 Ilam, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2AZ:
Available package: Education

YHA Ironbridge Coalbrookdale, 1 Paradise, Coalbrookdale, Telford, Shropshire TF8 7NR:
Available package: education

YHA National Forest, 48 Bath Lane, Moira, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE12 6BD:
Available package: education

YHA Stratford, Hemmingford House, Alveston, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 7RG:

YHA Wye Valley, Near Goodrich, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR9 6JJ:
Available package: education

YAH Wilderhope, Longville in the Dale, Shropshire TF13 6EG:
Available package: education

why you are great for educational visits?

The region is rich in opportunities for residential school trips packages and all are closely tied to the work students are doing in the classroom. Choose a group getaway in the Heart of England and you’ll encounter plenty of amazing attractions. Will you choose to stay at the newly refurbished YHA Stratford and visit the Bard’s Birthplace? You might opt for a trip to the Peak District for an unforgettable outdoor activity break. Or will it be a journey back in time to study
Tudor or Victorian life at Wilderhope or Ironbridge? Whatever you decide, our hostel teams will ensure you get a warm YHA welcome and a comfortable and convenient stay.

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?

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.

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.

Could one of these packages be for you?

Action Adventure – What will it be? Kayaking, raft building, climbing and abseiling, weaseling, orienteering, hill walking or archery? Join us at Gradbach Mill for an adrenalin-fuelled package in the Peaks. Suitable for KS2 and 3
Education – PE - Want to mix outdoor pursuits with education-based challenges? Then opt for this programme to shoot longbow, go orienteering, tackle the low ropes course, build and launch a rocket and brave the mountain rescue stretcher
test. Suitable for KS2

Education – PE – Mix and match activities to create the perfect programme for your class. Develop your groups’ ability to work as a team and improve creative and logic skills with a bespoke outdoor education package. Suitable for KS2

Ironbridge Coalbrookdale
Education – PE – Cross the swamp, build a bridge, get caught up in the infamous spider’s web and navigate your way round the orienteering task. Your children will grow in confidence as well as ability on this residential. Suitable for KS2
Education – History – Ironbridge Explorer – The hostel is located within the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site so where better to take a history school trip? Pupils will learn to organise themselves and gain team-working skills when they take part in an archaeological dig. They’ll also get crafty, building a Victorian sailing barge and designing their own Victorian tile. Suitable for KS2.

National Forest
Education – Eco-Explorer – Any budding eco-warriors in your midst? Bring your pupils along to learn how to make bird boxes, build shelters and start that all-important campfire. Here students will learn to respect natural resources and
better understand their environment. Choose a 4-day package to work towards the John Muir award.

Education – PE - Make it a one-night-two-day stay in Derbyshire and take on a whole host of fun team-building activities including the spider’s web, tyre stack challenge and marble run to name but a few. On day two your students will spend 3 hours at the fantastic Conkers attraction.

Welsh Bicknor
Education – PE – Take on a variety of challenges including scavenger hunts, ski races and archery. Suitable for KS2 and 4
Education – Geography - Village Study – who lives at Goodrich and why? Discover the effects of historical events and present-day tourism on the area.

KS2 - River Study – Investigate a stream in the Forest of Dean to learn about river processes. KS2 and 3
Education – Eco Explorer – Try Bush Craft for beginners to learn how to survive and thrive in the wilderness or play Woodland Detective and discover the local habitat. Suitable for KS2.

Education - History – Travel back to Tudor times and design your very own coat of arms, play stoolball, try candle dipping and bake traditional Tudor bread.

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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