Accommodation for School Groups
Whether you are looking for somewhere to stay in one of our major cities or for accommodation with outdoor activities and instruction, Independent Hostels provide perfect accommodation for school groups. The hostels and bunkhouses listed on this page welcome school groups of all shapes and sizes many specialising in providing accommodation for school trips. So if you are looking for outdoor activities in Wales, or accommodation for school residentials in a UK city, looking on this page is a great choice.
You can contact suitable hostels using the contact forms on the hostel pages or by doing a
group accommodation request.
Accommodation for Schools in British Cities
For school trips to cities we have a number of hostels in most major cities, including London, which welcome school groups. These are all centrally located within easy walking distance of museums, theatres, shops and many other attractions
Our hostels and bunkhouses are experienced in providing accommodation for school residentials and they can help you with such matters as health and safety, safeguarding and booking appropriate outdoor activity instruction.
Some of the accommodation has LOTC accreditation and are experts for providing “Learning Outside the Classroom”. An example of these are
Ardenbeg Bunkhouse, Hagg Farm Outdoor Education Centre, the John Hunt Centre, Mount Cook Adventure Centre and Thornbridge Outdoors.
Many of the hostels and bunkhouses that provide accommodation for school groups have classrooms on site so you can consolidate field trip learning. Many also have all the technology required to run a lesson but please talk to your chosen hostel about this to ensure you know what is available.
Most of our hostel and bunkhouse accommodation has self catering kitchens so you can even bring your own cook or allow older children to cater for you if you wish. Many also provide catered options including packed lunches, hearty breakfasts and evening meals. Once again please check with the individuals hostels to be sure that they meet your requirements.
Accommodation for Schools in the National Parks.
If you are looking for outdoor activities for your school group in North Wales, The Peak District, The Lakes or the Highlands of Scotland then you will find a good choice of hostels providing activities. Independent hostels and bunkhouses are also often chosen for geography or geology field trips as they can be found in locations that offer your school group easy access to interesting geology, geography and cities to cover all of the curriculum. We also have accommodation for school groups in less well know parts of the country such as North Lincolnshire and rural Herefordshire as well as coastal locations and even one on Brownsea Island in Dorset!
Accommodation for School Groups
Cerrig-yr-Adar, Rhoscolyn, Holyhead, Anglesey, LL65 2NQ
Outdoor Alternative is a purpose built 4* centre tucked away in Rhoscolyn, an AONB on the Anglesey Coast. Just 5 mins' walk to the sandy beach at Borthwen and a stone's throw from the Anglesey Coastal Path. An ideal base for kayaking, climbing, sailing, walking, bird watching or beach holidays.
Enocdhu, Blairgowrie, Perth and Kinross, PH10 7PG
Set in wooded grounds on the banks of the river Ardle in the picturesque Scottish Highlands. Kindrogan FSC provides opportunities to discover, explore, and understand the environment. Ask for best places to seek out the local red squirrels, pine martens and ptarmigan.
Birsay Hostel in the northwest corner of the Orkney mainland offers comfortable accommodation for up to 26. Close to spectacular coast, RSPB reserves and UNESCO heritage sites. Ideal for education trips, clubs & family gatherings. Well equipped kitchen, dining area, drying room and campsite.
14 Charlton Street, Llandudno, LL30 2AA
Llandudno Hostel in the heart of the Victorian seaside town of Llandudno, is a 4* boutique hostel where individuals, families and groups (including schools) are welcome all year. Llandudno has blue flag beaches, traditional pier, museums, excellent shopping and fishing trips. Lovely coastal walks.
15-17 Avenue Road, Hunstanton, Norfolk, PE36 5BW
Family run, Hunstanton Backpackers & YHA is close to the beach, town centre, Sealife Sanctuary, cliff walks and buses serving the Norfolk Coast. With sea vies from the garden. Perfect for schools (classroom available) & groups as sole use or for families & individuals in private rooms.
Hagg Farm OEC, Snake Rd, Bamford, Hope Valley, S33 0BJ
Hagg Farm Outdoor Education Centre on Snake Road in the Peak District offers comfortable accommodation for large and small groups. Ideal self-catering or catered accommodation for groups of friends, families and clubs. Woodland walks from the door and Ladybower reservoir just over the hill.
St John's-in-the-Vale, Keswick, Cumbria,CA12 4UB
The Carlisle Diocesan Youth Centre in the valley of St John's-in-the-Vale near Keswick in the Lake District offers great value accommodation for groups in modern en suite bunkrooms. Fell walking, climbing, orienteering, geo-caching and cycling on the doorstep and amazing views from the windows.
Dial House, Harbour Way, Brancaster Staithe, Kings Lynn, Norfolk PE31 8BW
Brancaster Activity Centre is a National Trust Grade 2 listed flint cottage in the picturesque harbour of Brancaster Staithe on the North Norfolk Coast. It provides self catering group accommodation on the North Norfolk Coast Path, with stunning sea views across the beautiful marshes.
Lowick Green, Ulverston, LA12 8EB
Lowick School Bunkhouse nestled between Coniston and Ulverston, has a lounge with wood-burning stove, large kitchen/dining room, great views of the mountains and an outdoor area with campfire. River Deep Mountain High Activity Centre provides outdoor activities for groups and families on site.
261-265 Gray's Inn Road, King's Cross, London, WC1X 8QT
Clink261, close to trains and buses in King's Cross, is one of London's best established backpacker hostels. It provides simple, comfortable, self-catering accommodation in the centre of London. King's Cross is a creative, upcoming area close to the British Museum, Covent Garden and Camden Market.
Schoolhouse, Hardraw, near Hawes, Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, DL8 3LZ
Hardraw Old School Bunkhouse, Wensleydale, Yorkshire Dales, is next to the Pennine Way in the village of Hardraw. Friendly instruction in outdoor activities and practical accommodation with table tennis, piano, log burner & sofas. Close to the famous Hardraw Force waterfall and local pub.
Brownsea Island, Poole, Dorset, BH13 7EE
The National Trusts South Shore Lodge on Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour provides accommodation for groups in a Victorian lodge. Located on the south coast of the island it has its own garden, beach access and views of the Purbeck Hills. Open all year for group hire.
54 Stanley Street, Liverpool L1 6AU
Euro Hostel Liverpool in the heart of the city, is a great base from which to experience Liverpool's legendary night life, shopping and waterfront walks. Backpackers, couples, families and groups are all welcomed. Rooms vary from private rooms, to 8 bed dorms or VIP suites for groups.
Lower Station Rd, Tyndrum, FK20 8RY
By The Way Hostel & Campsite, Tyndrum in the Loch Lomond National Park, are halfway between Arrochar's peaks and the grandeur of Glencoe. Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts with excellent walking, climbing and white water rafting. Ideal for walkers on the West Highland Way.
The Stennack, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1FF
In the centre of St Ives, Cohort is a stylish, friendly hostel. Great facilities include a hot shower in the courtyard for surfers and great drying room. The on-site bar is good value; there's free WiFi, Netflix and comfortable pod beds - all with USB ports, lights, curtains and under-bed storage.
Cragside, Rothbury, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE65 7PX
Cragside Bunkhouse group accommodation was Victorian workers cottage in the centre of the National Trust Cragside estate. It has fabulous views overlooking the lake and surrounding hills at the heart of Northumberland. Within an hours' drive of the coast, the Cheviots and Hadrian's wall.
La Rue de la Pouclee et des Quatre Chemins, Faldouet, St Martins, Jersey, Channel Islands JE2 6DU.
Jersey Accommodation Centre, close to the pretty fishing port of Gorey in St Martins has a range of B&B rooms + camping. On and off-site activities include zip wire (U12s), archery, bush craft and SPLAT, low velocity paintball or “Escape from a Castle” by completing physical & problem solving tasks.
Grant Road, Grantown-on-Spey, Moray PH26 3LD
Ardenbeg Bunkhouse in historic Grantown-on-Spey is run by the award-winning Craggan Outdoors activity centre. Good value, well appointed bunkhouse accommodation with large private garden, BBQ and children's play area. Just a 15 mins' drive from Aviemore Ski slopes. Outdoor activities available.
Borth, Ceredigion, Wales, SY24 5JS
Borth Youth Hostel has 4 miles of stunning beach just 20 metres from the front door. The perfect location for a beach holiday, this Edwardian house has 9 bedrooms with sea views and is a great base for visits to the Centre for Alternative Technology, Aberystwyth or the beautiful Dyfi Biosphere.
9 Bridewell Street, Bristol, BS1 2QD
The Bristol Wing hostel is an historic old police headquarters in the heart of Bristol city centre. There are great communal spaces and an award winning cafe on site offering tasty breakfast, great coffee and a super fresh menu. A mix of private, en suite and dorm rooms makes it ideal for all.
Elterwater, Ambleside LA22 9HX
Elterwater Youth Hostel, now independent, is located in the peaceful village of Elterwater, in the Langdale valley, 15 mins' drive from Ambleside. A friendly welcome awaits individuals, family and groups enjoying the gentle riverside meanders or the Langdale Pikes, Bowfell and Scafell. Pub nearby.
Pindale Road, Hope, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 6RN
Pindale Farm Outdoor Centre is a mile from Castleton in the heart of the Peak District. The ideal base for walking, climbing, caving, horse riding etc. Instruction is available if required. With a range of accommodation including B&B, self-catering units and camping barn.
Greta Tower, Sammy Lane, Ingleton, North Yorkshire, LA6 3EG
Ingleton YHA Greta Tower is on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, surrounded by magnificent countryside with caves, waterfalls and mountains. Close to Ingleborough, The Three Peaks and the wonderful waterfall trail. H ostel is licensed and serves tasty meals. Perfect for families and school trips.
Stableside, York Racing Stables, York, YO24 1QG
A quiet and welcoming hostel right on the historic Knavesmire in York, the ideal location for a peaceful break in the beautiful, historic city of York. Ideal for single travellers and groups of all sizes. On the National Cycle Network Route 65 giving easy off-road access to the city centre.
Tyngwndwn Farm, Cilcennin, Lampeter, Ceredigion, SA48 8RJ
Nestled between the Cambrian mountains and Cardigan Bay, in acres of flower rich meadows and woodland, just 10 minutes from the Welsh coast. Naturesbase has a mixture of wooden lodges, camping, barn accommodation and a Shepherds Huts.
Ilam Park, Ilam, nr Ashbourne, DE6 2AZ
National Trusts Ilam Bunkhouse is the 18th century stable block of Ilam Hall in the Peak District, close to Dove Dale. It provides quality self catering group accommodation in a privileged location. Explore Ilam Park and the limestone hills, dales, rivers and woodland of the picturesque White Peak.
59 Fitzhamon Embankment, Riverside, Cardiff, CF11 6AN
River House Hostel | 59 Fitzhamon Embankment, Riverside, Cardiff, CF11 6AN | This family run 4* hostel in the heart of Cardiff was voted number 1 in Hostelworld's list of best hostels. Opened in 2007 to rave reviews, the brother and sister team have made sure this will be the best hostel experience you will come across on your travels. With fabulous views of the world famous Millennium Stadium and River Taff and the central train and bus stations just 5 mins' walk away. What's stopping you?
Portinscale, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5UE
Hawse End Centre sits at the head of the magnificent Borrowdale Valley on the shores of Derwentwater with easy access to Keswick via launch or lakeside walk. A comfortable country mansion, cottage for smaller groups & families and yurts with transparent domes for star gazing. Everyone welcome.
International House, Broad Street Place, Bath, BA1 5LH
Bath YMCA offers great value accommodation, centrally located within walking distance of all the sights of Bath World Heritage city. It specialises in making guests feel comfortable and has up to 210 beds, cafe and an air conditioned lounge. Couples, families, groups and backpackers all welcome.
Spittal of Glenshee, By Blairgowrie, PH10 7QE
Gulabin Lodge nestles in Spittal of Glenshee at the foot of Beinn Gulabin and is the nearest accommodation to the Glenshee ski slopes. It provides four star self-catering accommodation for individuals, families and groups in the Cairngorms. Outdoor activities, meals & transport available to groups.
The Hoy Centre, on the Orkney Isle of Hoy, is on a 3500ha RSPB reserve of upland heath and cliffs. Surrounded by a variety of wildlife and arctic hares. Ideal for peaceful holidays, outdoor education trips and family gatherings. Four star self-catering group accommodation, with twin en suite rooms.
Hacche Mill, South Molton, EX36 3NA
Rock and Rapid Bunkhouse is great value group accommodation in South Molton near the North Devon Coast. Perfect for a relaxing or adventurous break. There's a climbing wall on site and lessons for in-experienced climbers. Full adventure programmes with food, can be put together for your group.
Pelham Road, Claxby, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire LN8 3YR
The Viking Centre is situated in the village of Claxby in the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB and within easy reach of Lincoln, Gainsborough, Scunthorpe and Grimsby. The perfect location for: walking, cycling, field studies, outdoor pursuits, educational activities and conservation projects.
Comrie Croft, By Crieff/Comrie, Perthshire, PH7 4JZ
Comrie Croft is a perfect rural retreat for mountain bikers, hikers, families and tourists, just over an hour from Edinburgh & Glasgow. The 4 star hostel offers cosy, homely rooms which can be hired sole use for groups & weddings. On-site mountain bike trails, bike hire and well stocked farm shop.
The Venture Centre, Maughold, Isle of Man, IM7 1AW
Maughold Venture Centre on the Isle of Man, welcomes all to their rural self-catering accommodation with sea views. The Manx Electric Railway gives easy access to Douglas, Ramsey, the mountains and tranquil glens. The popular beach of Port e Vullen is 10 mins walk & outdoor activities are available.
Rhyd Ddu, Snowdonia, Wales LL54 6TL
Rhyd Ddu Outdoor Centre and Bunkhouse provides group accommodation at the foot of Snowdon and the Nantlle Ridge. Centrally located in Snowdonia, surrounded by family-friendly woodland and countryside walks with stunning views of Lakes and Mountains. Village pub, café & Welsh Highland Railway stop.
15 Hilton Street, Manchester, M1 1JJ
Hatters Manchester on Hilton Street combines hotel quality en suite accommodation with the social buzz of an international hostel. Located in the heart of the bohemian Northern Quarter of Manchester, it's your perfect base for city centre attractions & transport links. Meals available for groups.
118-120 Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4HE
Kendal Hostel is a family run hostel set in a Georgian townhouse in the historic market town of Kendal. The well known Brewery Arts Centre is right in front and the town centre is only a stone's throw away. The gateway to the Lake district Kendal has lots to offer its visitors.
Ennerdale, Cleator, CA23 3AX
Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre is in the Ennerdale valley, one of the most beautiful and least spoilt valleys in the Lake District. At the foot of Pillar and Red Pike. Well equipped for groups but welcoming all, it is the perfect base for walking, climbing, wildlife, mountain biking and canoeing.
Snake Pass, Bamford, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S330BJ
Lockerbrook Farm Outdoor Centre provides accommodation for groups of 15 to 38 with with stunning views across the North Peak District near Snakes Pass. There is a large kitchen and dining area, ideal for groups to self cater. Catering can also be provided.
Carrs Farm, Wolsingham, County Durham, DL13 3BQ
Carrs Farm Bunkhouse is a 17th century barn bunkhouse providing group accommodation with stunning views over Weardale.
Dunfield House, Kington. Herefordshire. HR5 3NN
Dunfield House near Kington in rural Herefordshire, provides group accommodation close to the Welsh border. Large and small groups are welcome, with large groups having sole use of the grand Victorian house parkland and swimming pool. Smaller groups in the self catering stables.
92-95 Livery Street, Birmingham, B3 1RJ
Hatters Hostels Birmingham has a great location for exploring Birminghams city centre attractions. Hotel quality en suite accommodation with the social buzz of an international hostel. Groups of all sizes and independent travellers enjoy free WiFi & breakfast, large communal areas & helpful staff.
Brecon Road (A40), Bwlch, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7RQ
The Star Bunkhouse in the village of Bwlch on the Beacons Way is an ideal base for exploring the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park. Expect a warm & comfortable stay in this dog friendly bunkhouse with spacious bedrooms, cosy lounge and a pub just across the road. Individuals & groups welcome.
The Old Home Farm Yard, Stackpole, nr Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, SA71 5DQ
The National Trusts Stackpole Outdoor Centre is at the heart of the Stackpole Estate of countryside & coast. Just a stone's throw from the Bosherston lakes, you can explore a nature reserve, ancient settlements, towering cliffs, wild woodlands & two stunning sandy beaches without leaving the grounds
Off Renscombe Rd, Worth Matravers, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset. BH19 3LL
Located on the Isle of Purbeck, just outside the picturesque village of Worth Matravers, the rustic MyTIME Outdoor Centre provides ideal accommodation for groups wishing to explore the magnificent Jurassic coastline near Swanage . Previously known as the David Donald Field Studies Base.
Redmire, Leyburn. North Yorkshire, DL8 4EW
Scandinavian style self-catering log cabins at Redmire, Wensleydale in the tranquil beauty of the Yorkshire Dales. The Jonas Centre has a communal area in the Granary for groups to gather or dine together. Ideal for escaping to the country & relaxation with cycling & walking routes from the door.
30 Cheviot Street, Wooler, Northumberland, NE71 6LW
Wooler Youth Hostel, is on the edge of the town and offers an ideal base for exploring the Northumberland National Park, the Cheviot Hills, local castles and fine sandy beaches. For walkers there's St Cuthbert's Way and for cyclists, Wooler cycle hub routes, Pennine Cycleway & the Sandstone Way.
56-60 Mt Pleasant, Liverpool, L3 5SH
Hatters Hostels Liverpool combines hotel quality en suite rooms with the social buzz of an international hostel. Conveniently located for all city centre attractions and transport links it's your perfect base for experiencing the heart and soul of Liverpool. Full/half board options for groups.
Penrhiw, Capel Dewi, Llandysul, Ceredigion, SA44 4PG
The Long Barn self catering bunkhouse is on Penrhiw, an organic farm with views over the Teifi Valley. The stunning Ceredigion Coast & Cambrian Mountains are an easy drive away and the nearby busy small town of Llandysul has essential supplies. The Long Barn welcomes all to the Welsh countryside.
Great Longstone, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1NY
Thornbridge Outdoors in Great Longstone provides flexible self catering group accommodation. With its superb location in the heart of the Peak District you have access to wonderful countryside, interesting places and the traffic free Monsal Trail, so popular with walkers and cyclists.
318 Clyde Street, Glasgow, G1 4NR
Euro Hostel Glasgow, on Clyde Street is a smarter alternative to a hotel in the city, just five mins' walk from Central Station, with friendly staff, a lively bar and clean comfortable private and shared en suite rooms. Perfect for clubbing, shopping and discovering the city's cultural heritage.
Barrow House, Borrowdale, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5UR
Derwentwater Independent Hostel, Borrowdale near Keswick, is a Georgian mansion in 17 acres of grounds with stunning mountain views. It offers great value self catering accommodation for individuals, families & groups to enjoy the Lake District. Also ideal for conferences and weddings.
Porter Lane, Middleton-by-Wirksworth, Matlock, DE4 4LS
Mount Cook is the perfect base for groups looking for an exciting break in the Peak District. The modern bedrooms sleeps up to 4 guests in bunk bed accommodation, with complimentary bedding and an en-suite bathroom. It is also ideal for school groups.
Hagg Farm OEC, Snake Rd, Bamford, Hope Valley, S33 0BJ
In the High Peak between Glossop and Ladybower Reservoir, The John Hunt Base offers comfortable, family friendly accommodation. Ideal for sightseeing, climbing, hillwalking, trail running and biking as well as quieter pursuits in the Peak District with onsite outdoor activities also available.
Lower Galdeford, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 1RZ
Ludlow Mascall Centre in the heart of Ludlow and within walking distance of restaurants, shops, pubs and attractions. The nearby Shropshire Hills and Mortimer Forest offer miles of stunning landscapes to explore. Beautiful Victorian building provides en suite accommodation.
Gaveston Hall, Nuthurst, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 6RF
Gaveston Hall provides hostel accommodation for groups of all sizes. Its 100 beds are spread across dorms, private singe/twin rooms & chalets. Set in magnificent grounds there is plenty to entertain all ages. Outdoor activities can also be provided on-site.
The Old Playhouse, Great Hucklow, Derbyshire, SK17 8RF
Foundry Adventure Centre at Great Hucklow in the Peak District has an ideal location for outdoor activities. It provides self catering accommodation for a wide range of groups. An extensive network of paths give access to the countryside. Adventure activities & team building courses are available.
Stokes Barn, Newtown Farm, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6DB
Stokes Barn Bunkhouses are on top of Wenlock Edge Area of Natural Beauty, in the heart of Shropshire. Much Wenlock is walking distance with independent shops, pubs and restaurants. Ironbridge World Heritage Site is 6 miles away. Flexible self catering group accommodation on a working farm.
157 Main Street, North Sunderland, Seahouses, Northumberland NE68 7TU
Seahouses Hostel Main St, is a recently refurbished hostel offering affordable, spacious self catering accommodation. A perfect base for visiting the beaches & castles of the Northumbrian Coast. Popular with divers, families, cyclists, walkers, school & youth groups, parties of all sizes welcome.
Ackers (ARC), Waverley Canal Basin, Small Heath, Birmingham, B10 0DQ
Ackers Adventure is purpose built group accommodation in 70 acres of semi rural land just 2 miles from the centre of Birmingham. Perfect for exploring Birmingham and outdoor activities. Fully equipped self-catering kitchen, rec room and 9 sleeping rooms. Instructor led outdoor activities available.
The White House, Burniston Road, Scarborough, YO13 0DA
Scarborough Youth Hostel, a 17th century water mill, is on a quiet riverside. Scarborough YHA is a perfect base for exploring the coast and country of the North York or for a fun filled, seaside break. Surf schools, safe beaches and miles of paths, tracks and quiet lanes for walkers & cyclists.
West End, Summerbridge, Harrogate, HG3 4BA
Amidst stunning AONB landscape overlooking Thruscross Reservoir on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, West End Outdoor Centre is 12 miles from both Harrogate & Skipton and a short drive to Bolton Abbey, perfect for team building, youth groups & family parties.