Accommodation for School Groups
Dial House, Harbour Way, Brancaster Staithe, Kings Lynn, Norfolk PE31 8BW
This National Trust Grade ll listed flint cottage lies in the picturesque harbour of Brancaster Staithe on the North Norfolk Coast. With stunning sea views across the beautiful marshes. Groups of up to 22 or 48 can be accommodated (sole occupancy). Self-cater in the well equipped kitchen, or eat out in nearby pubs and cafés. The upstairs ‘snug’ has a TV and woodburner and there is a garden with seating and gas BBQ. Perfect for sailing, walking, kite surfing, bird watching & the Norfolk Coast Path.
Comrie Croft, By Crieff/Comrie, Perthshire, PH7 4JZ
Comrie Croft is a perfect rural retreat for mountain bikers, hikers, families and backpackers, just over an hour from Edinburgh & Glasgow. The 4* hostel offers cosy, home style rooms which are also available for sole group use and weddings. On-site facilities include The Tea Garden café, bike shop and lots of grin enducing mountain bike trails, family-friendly valley routes and a well stocked farm shop. A footpath takes you to the vibrant village of Comrie and gives access to stunning glens and mountains.
Cragside, Rothbury, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE65 7PX
A traditional conversion of Victorian workers cottages in the centre of the National Trust Cragside Estate with fabulous views overlooking the lake and surrounding hills.
Cragside bunkhouse sleeps 16 in 4 rooms with a well equipped self-catering kitchen, making it the perfect base for families or other groups wanting to explore this stunning part of the UK Located in the heart of Northumberland within an hours’ drive of the coast, the Cheviots and Hadrian’s Wall.
Glasbury on Wye, Powys, HR3 5LP
Woodlands Bunkhouse is a converted stable set in the 10 acre grounds of Woodlands Centre. It overlooks the River Wye and has wonderful views of the Black Mountains. The historic town of Hay on Wye is near by.
The Bunkhouse provides comfortable, modern accommodation for families and groups. There's a well equipped kitchen and dining room and 22 beds in 9 rooms. The bunkhouse can arrange courses in a variety of outdoor activities.
Enocdhu, Blairgowrie, Perth and Kinross, PH10 7PG
Set in wooded grounds on the banks of the river Ardle in the picturesque Scottish Highlands. Rooms range from en suite dorms to singles with shared facilties in a mixture of bunks and single beds. Bedding (make your own bed) & towels, full breakfast, WiFi, tea & coffee all included. A home-made supper and well stocked bar are also available upon request. Classrooms & conference capability available.
Hagg Farm OEC, Snake Rd, Bamford, Hope Valley, S33 0BJ
The John Hunt Base is situated in the High Peak on the site of Hagg Farm (which is also in this Guide).
The base offers comfortable, family friendly accommodation ideal for sightseeing, hill walking, trail running and biking as well as quieter pursuits such as photography. There is a picnic area, wildlife garden with fire pit and a playing field with climbing boulder. Activities can be arranged including climbing, stream scrambling, caving & on-site high ropes.
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 and experience the enviable range of outdoor activities nearby; from walking and cycling to coasteering and kayaking. Groups have sole use of the centre.
International House, Broad Street Place, Bath, BA1 5LH
Bath YMCA offers great value accommodation. Centrally located, all the sights of this World Heritage city are easily reached on foot. With 210 beds, Bath YMCA specialises in making guests feel comfortable. Fully air conditioned lounge with TV, laundry, lockers, football table and WiFi. Couples, families, groups and backpackers all welcome.
15-17 Avenue Road, Hunstanton, Norfolk, PE36 5BW
This family-run, family friendly licensed hostel is ideal for schools (classroom available) & groups as sole use or for families & individuals in private rooms. Close to the beach, town centre, Sealife sanctuary, cliff walks and buses serving the Norfolk Coast. Perfect for walking, cycling, birding and fun on the beach. Food served or self-cater in the kitchen. Enjoy sea views from the garden patio.
Chapel-le-Dale, Ingleton, Carnforth, Lancs, LA6 3AR
Situated near Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales, on the Yorkshire Three Peaks route. Old School Bunkhouse sleeps up to 28. It has a comfortable lounge, with TV, DVD & WiFi, a large kitchen diner, 4 bathrooms and a drying room with washing machine. Outside is parking for 12 cars and great views of Ingleborough and Whernside. The pub over the road is ideal for that celebratory drink.
Hacche Mill, South Molton, EX36 3NA
Just 15 minutes from the North Devon Coastline, this 40 bed bunkhouse and AALA regisitered adventure centre offers activities such as climbing and coasteering. On site there's a climbing and bouldering wall. Full catering available if required.
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Lower Station Rd, Tyndrum, FK20 8RY
By The Way Hostel & Campsite lies in the Loch Lomond National Park, between Arrochar's peaks & Glencoe. There's excellent walking, climbing and white water rafting. The accommodation includes camping, various huts: hobbit houses, posh pods, glamping & trekker huts, camping cabins & a purpose built 4* hostel with twin, double & dormitory rooms, with great self-catering facilities. For more comfort still there are 2 chalets; one with three bedrooms, one with two.
The Old Playhouse, Great Hucklow, Derbyshire, SK17 8RF
With all of the Peak District National Park within easy access, the centre is an ideal location for activities and tourism and it welcomes a wide range of groups. 31 or 52 bed configurations can be booked.
The spacious centre includes; a large lounge with library, TV and wood burning stove, well equipped kitchens & dining areas. An extensive network of paths give access to the countryside. Adventure activities available, great for team building & courses.
Humphrey Head O.C, Holy Well Lane, Flookburgh, Cumbria LA11 7LY
Perched on an outcrop overlooking Morecambe Bay on the edge of The Lake District, Humphrey Head Group Hostel & Outdoor Centre is perfect for family celebrations, reunions, stag/hen parties, schools & clubs. Remote & private, surrounded by stunning scenery & nature, with outdoor activities on site there is something for everyone.Catering & camping available.
Brownsea Island, Poole, Dorset, BH13 7EE
South Shore Lodge is on the south coast of Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour. It is a Victorian lodge, available to hire year-round by youth, community, special interest, corporate and school groups. There is also some availability for hire by groups of families and friends.
With its own garden, beach access, shower block and views of the Purbeck Hills, the lodge sleeps 24 in 5 rooms and is well equipped for self-catering. Access to Brownsea Island is by foot on a ferry from Sandbanks/Poole.
30 Cheviot Street, Wooler, Northumberland, NE71 6LW
Wooler Youth Hostel & Shepherd’s Huts are on the edge of the town and offer 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 and the Sandstone Way. There are bridleways perfect for mountain biking and lots of bouldering and climbing.
Greta Tower, Sammy Lane, Ingleton, North Yorkshire, LA6 3EG
Ingleton YHA Greta Tower has all you need for your school group. Accommodation for 64, plenty of parking, full catered package available, large communal areas, drying room and bike shed. The hostel overlooks the outdoor swimming pool and park. There is also a nearby climbing wall. Perfect for geology and geography field trips.
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Schoolhouse, Hardraw, near Hawes, Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, DL8 3LZ
Next to the Pennine Way, in the village of Hardraw, The Old School Bunkhouse offers well appointed, practical accommodation for up to 26. The large hall (with games, table tennis, piano, log burner & sofas) and grounds are perfect for group activities. Hardraw has a café, inn and the famous Hardraw Force waterfall. The market town of Hawes is a 1.5 mile walk across fields. Instruction available in many outdoor activities.
Grant Road, Grantown-on-Spey, Moray PH26 3LD
Part of the award-winning Craggan Outdoors activity centre, Ardenbeg offers good value, well appointed bunkhouse accommodation with the extra benefit of a large private garden with BBQ, picnic tables & a children's play area. The property is situated on a quiet residential street in Grantown-on-Spey, the historic capital of Strathspey, just a 15 mins' drive from Aviemore and all its amenities. For adventures even closer at hand you can organise a whole host of activities through Craggan Outdoors.
Tyngwndwn Farm, Cilcennin, Lampeter, Ceredigion, SA48 8RJ
Nestled between the Cambrian Mountains and Cardigan Bay, Naturesbase is 9 acres of flower rich meadows and woodland, 10 minutes drive from the Welsh coast. With a mixture of wooden lodges, camping, barn and a Shepherds Hut, Naturesbase is ideal for families, couples and groups wanting to enjoy the open countryside and all that nature has to offer.
157 Main Street, North Sunderland, Seahouses, Northumberland NE68 7TU
Some enjoy activity breaks and others support subjects such as History, Geography or RE. Available locally water sports, horse riding, Farne Island boat trips, Bamburgh Castle and Lindisfarne!
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Ilam Park, Ilam, nr Ashbourne, DE6 2AZ
The former 18th century stable block of Ilam Hall in the Peak District National Park close to Dove Dale.
Now managed by the National Trust and providing high quality group accommodation. Each bunk has a locker, night light and plug socket. The sociable main living area has a large dining table with benches, an open plan kitchen and large comfortable sofas. Explore the limestone hills, dales, rivers and woodland of the picturesque White Peak.
The White House, Burniston Road, Scarborough, YO13 0DA
For a fun filled, seaside break Scarborough is unbeatable: two safe, sandy beaches, penny arcades, pirate ship, three surf schools and the new Alpamare Waterpark. Once a 17th century water mill on a quiet riverside just outside the town, Scarborough Youth Hostel is also a perfect base for exploring the coast and country of the North York Moors and Wolds with miles of paths, tracks and quiet lanes for walkers and cyclists.
261-265 Gray's Inn Road, King's Cross, London, WC1X 8QT
One of London's top backpacker hostels, Clink261 offers simple, comfortable, self-catering accommodation in the city centre. King's Cross is a creative area close to the British Museum, Covent Garden & Camden Market or a short tube ride to Piccadilly Circus & Leicester Square. Guests can go round the corner to Clink78 (also in this guide) for entertainment and good value drinks at the ClashBAR.
Ennerdale, Cleator, CA23 3AX
In the Ennerdale Valley, one of the most beautiful, least spoilt and quietest in the Lake District, Low GIllerthwaite Field Centre sits at the foot of Pillar and Red Pike. Well equipped for groups it is the perfect base for fell walking, rock climbing, bird & wildlife watching, mountain biking, orienteering, canoeing. The centre generates its own hydro-electricit. Vehicle access is by forest track and a BT payphone is on site as most mobiles do not work here.
Lower Galdeford, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 1RZ
A beautiful Victorian building in the heart of Ludlow, extended to provide en-suite accommodation with twin rooms, a family room, and a room designed for those with limited mobility. Within walking distance of restaurants, shops and pubs and near to the Shropshire Hills and Mortimer Forest with miles of stunning landscapes to explore. Fresh towels, bedlinen, complimentary toiletries, tea- and coffee-making facilities, parking and WiFi included. Breakfasts available.
Kington, Herefordshire. HR5 3NN
In rural Herefordshire, close to the Welsh border, Dunfield House provides accommodation for groups of up to 95 with sole use of the house, stables, parkland & swimming pool. From November to March the house & stables can also be hired individually by smaller groups. The house provides fully catered accommodation & the stables have a self-catering kitchen. A great choice for school, youth, music or church groups, training courses & family get-togethers.
St John's-in-the-Vale, Keswick, Cumbria,CA12 4UB
Near St John’s-in-the-Vale and just four miles from Keswick. The centre offers self-catering accommodation for groups with en suite bunkrooms and a recently refurbished common room with wood-burner. With amazing views and fell walking, climbing, orienteering and cycling on the doorstep. Perfect for a group retreat, large family get-together or field trips. BYO sleeping bag, pillowcase and towel.
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?
Hagg Farm OEC, Snake Rd, Bamford, Hope Valley, S33 0BJ
Situated in the Peak District’s Woodlands Valley, Hagg Farm offers comfortable accommodation for up to 44 people with an additional 18 beds in the John Hunt Base next door (also in this Guide). Part of Nottinghamshire C.C’s Environmental & Outdoor Education Service, Hagg Farm is available for private hire by groups, families, clubs & charitable organisations. It can be booked on a self-catering or catered basis.
Stokes Barn, Newtown Farm, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6DB
On top of Wenlock Edge AONB, in the heart of Shropshire, Stokes Barn has two bunkhouses with comfortable, centrally heated, dormitory accommodation. Perfect for corporate groups, walkers, field study, schools, stag and hen parties or a reunion with friends/family. Ironbridge World Heritage Site is 6 miles away. Much Wenlock is walking distance with shops, pubs and sports facilities.
14 Charlton Street, Llandudno, LL30 2AA
Llandudno Hostel is a Victorian 4* boutique, award-winning hostel where individuals, families & groups (including schools) are welcome all year. Set in the heart of the Victorian seaside town of Llandudno, it’s your perfect base for shopping & exploring many local attractions, including blue flag beaches, dry slope skiing, Zip World, Surf Snowdonia, bronze age copper mine, traditional pier, museums & fishing trips.
Carrs Farm, Wolsingham, County Durham, DL13 3BQ
Carrs Farm Bunkhouse is a converted 17th century barn with stunning views over Weardale. It provides comfortable bunk bed accommodation for groups of up to 21 people, in three rooms. There is a fully equipped self catering kitchen, games/lounge area and outdoor seating with BBQ. Situated on a working farm at the heart of the North Pennines. Guided walks and outdoor activities are available for groups and schools.
Penrhiw, Capel Dewi, Llandysul, Ceredigion, SA44 4PG
Penrhiw is an organic farm with views over the Teifi Valley. The stunning Ceredigion Coast and the Cambrian Mountains are an easy drive away and the busy small town of Llandysul (1.5 miles) has all essential supplies. The farm's location is ideal for exploring, studying or simply admiring the Welsh countryside. Local activities include fishing, swimming, climbing, abseiling, canoeing, farm walks and cycling.
Ackers (ARC), Waverley Canal Basin, Small Heath, Birmingham, B10 0DQ
Ackers Residential Centre (ARC) is a purpose built accommodation set in 70 acres of semi rural land just 2 miles from the centre of Birmingham. Perfect for The Sea Life Centre, Cadbury World, Thinktank, The Bull Ring shopping centre, National Motorcycle Museum, the NEC. With 9 sleeping rooms, a fully equipped self-catering kitchen, dining area and a rec room with TV, DVD, games and comfy seating. Akers Adventure provide instructor led outdoor activities on site which can be incorporated into your stay.
Spittal of Glenshee, By Blairgowrie, PH10 7QE
Gulabin Lodge nestles in Glenshee at the foot of Beinn Gulabin and is the nearest accommodation to the Glenshee ski slopes. The 4* lodge offers excellent accommodation for individuals, families, stag and hen groups & school residentials. On-site there are many outdoor activities including mountain bike hire. During the winter there's a ski school with equipment hire. Meals & transport to and from airports /stations available for groups. A 12/14 bed house is also available.
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. The house is a large, comfortable, country mansion, ideal for large groups, while the Cottage is more suited to smaller group, families and individuals. For the more adventurous there are two yurts with stunning views and transparent domes for star gazing. Catering & outdoor activities with instruction can be booked in advance.
The Venture Centre, Maughold, Isle of Man, IM7 1AW
Maughold Venture Centre Bunkhouse overlooks farmland with views out to sea. The popular beach of Port e Vullen is just 10 min's walk away. Enjoy self-catering accommodation, with en suite, centrally heated rooms. Tasty meals are available from the neighbouring Venture Centre, where you can also book kayaking, abseiling, air rifle shooting, archery, gorge walking, dinghy sailing & team events. With its own stop, Lewaigue Halt, on the Manx Electric Railway you have easy access to Douglas, Ramsey, mountains & tranquil glens.
318 Clyde Street, Glasgow, G1 4NR
Your 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 & shared en suite rooms. Perfect for clubbing, shopping and discovering the city’s cultural heritage and live music scene. Or for visiting family, coast to coast cycle rides/city cultural walks, sporting events, or shopping & good nights out. The VIP suites are ideal for all types of groups.
Barrow House, Borrowdale, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5UR
Family run and friendly, Derwentwater Independent Hostel is a Georgian mansion in 17 acres of grounds with stunning mountain views. Just 2 miles from Keswick, close to the Coast to Coast route and the delights of Borrowdale, it makes a great base for individuals, families, groups and conferences. The hostel has plenty of space in & out for you to use and relax in. Home-made food is available.
Porter Lane, Middleton-by-Wirksworth, Matlock, DE4 4LS
Mount Cook knows that learning beyond the classroom walls and into the great outdoors transfers into a wealth of life skills, and changes in attitudes and behaviors.
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3 Boarshurst Lane, Greenfield, Oldham OL3 7EA
The Boarshurst Centre is situated on the north western edge of the Peak District yet with easy road and rail links to Manchester (12 miles away). With 32 beds across 2 dorms and 2 leaders rooms the centre provides well appointed self catering accommodation for affiliated child, youth and adult groups from registered charities and organisations who seek to practice outdoor pursuits.BYO sheets and sleeping bags
Castlehaw Farm, Castlehaw Lane, Sedbergh, Cumbria LA10 5BA
Howgills Barn in Sedburgh, sleeps groups up to 35 in 6 en suite rooms. Perfect for schools. Full catering, packed lunches, on site activities and curriculum based learning can all be provided if required
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La Rue de la Pouclee et des Quatre Chemins, Faldouet, St Martins, Jersey, Channel Islands JE2 6DU.
Close to the pretty fishing port of Gorey in St Martin, with a range of B&B rooms, private en suites & dorms with shared showers plus camping. On & off-site activities including zip wire (U12s), archery, bush craft, low velocity paintball or escape from a castle by doing physical & problem solving tasks.
Lowick Green, Ulverston, LA12 8EB
Within the old primary school at Lowick Green, nestled between Coniston (4 miles) and Ulverston, the bunkhouse 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 a wide variety of outdoor activities. Group and family packages include activities in the price.
Cerrig-yr-Adar, Rhoscolyn, Holyhead, Anglesey, LL65 2NQ
This purpose built 4* centre is quietly tucked away in Rhoscolyn, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Anglesey Coast. Just 5 mins' walk to the sandy beach at Borthwen and a stone's throw from the Anglesey Coastal Path. Perfect for friends & families, outdoor groups, schools and universities. Your ideal base for kayaking, climbing, sailing, walking, bird watching or beach holidays. Careful energy use is encouraged, with composting and recycling. Nearby Holyhead has ferry links to Ireland.
29 St James Place, Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34 9BJ
Ocean Backpackers provides ideal accommodation for school groups just by the picturesque harbour in Ilfracombe, Devon. It sleeps 54 in small dorms and private teachers' rooms.
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Osmotherley, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL6 3AH
Cote Ghyll Mill is the perfect place for a school residential.
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Borth, Ceredigion, Wales, SY24 5JS
With 4 miles of stunning beach just 20 metres from the front door, Borth Youth Hostel is perfect 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. Snowdonia National Park is just a short drive away making Borth perfect for both mountain biking & surfing. With two classrooms, Borth YHA is idea for school trips too. There's free WiFi, a games & TV room, bike storage & drying room. Breakfast, packed lunch & a licensed bar are available.
Vicarage Road, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy, LL24 0AD
This large Victorian property has been specially adapted to provide self-catering accommodation for groups of up to 33. The eight dormitories vary in size from one to ten beds, complete with duvets and linen. The Centre is centrally heated and has a common room, games room, large kitchen, drying room and hot showers. Located in Betws-y-Coed, Woodlands Centre is an ideal base for outdoor activities in Snowdonia.
Brecon Road (A40), Bwlch, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7RQ
An ideal base for exploring the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park. The bunkhouse is situated in the village of Bwlch alongside the Beacons Way long distance footpath. Expect a warm & comfortable stay in this dog friendly bunkhouse with spacious bedrooms, cosy lounge/dining areas, fully-equipped kitchen, outside BBQ area, hot showers, drying room and car park. Accommodation for up to 20 people in bunkbeds in 6 bedrooms. Private bedrooms or sole use available. Individuals, couples & groups welcome.
Great Longstone, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1NY
Thornbridge Outdoors offers excellent flexible 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, popular with walkers and cyclists.
West End, Summerbridge, Harrogate, HG3 4BA
Amidst stunning landscape overlooking Thruscross Reservoir on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, this self-catering centre offers excellent facilities in bunkrooms plus an en suite leader's room with well equipped kitchen, dining, lounge & shower/toilet areas. Ideal for team building, youth groups & family parties. 12 miles from Harrogate & Skipton. Groups must include a 25+ adult. No stag or hens.
The Hall, Milden, Lavenham, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 9NY
Snake Pass, Bamford, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 0BJ
Lockerbrook Farm provides remote accommodation for groups of 15 to 38 with with stunning views across Snakes Pass to the Peak District Edges. Sleeping is in two large dorms and six private rooms. There is a large kitchen and dining area, ideal for groups to self cater (catering can be provided) and an enormous activity room with lounge area and a splendid wood burning stove.
118-120 Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4HE
Kendal Hostel, a Georgian townhouse in the historic market town of Kendal, is next to the well known Brewery Arts Centre and only a stone's throw from the town centre. Facilities include 13 bedrooms for up to 66 guests, kitchen, lounge, dining room, bike shed and FREE WiFi. Single/double/family/group rooms plus mixed & single sex dorms.
Stableside, York Racing Stables, York, YO24 1QG
Stableside, a quiet & welcoming 4* hostel situated right on the historic Knavesmire, is the perfect location for enjoying a break in the beautiful, historic city of York. Guests can take advantage of the varied room options catering for the single traveller and larger groups. Free parking, free WiFi and a fabulous Yorkshire welcome. Meals can be provided for groups. On the NCN Route 65 for easy access to the city centre.
Haytor Road, Bovey Tracey, South Devon, TQ13 9LD
Georgrian grade 2 listed manor house with an extensive estate which holds the natural attractions of marshes, streams and lakes.
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Pindale Road, Hope, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 6RN
A mile from Castleton in the heart of the Peak District, Pindale Farm offers a range of accommodation. There's B&B in the farmhouse. The Barn has 6 self-catering units. The Engine House is a self-catering unit and The Powder House is a small camping barn. There is also a campsite. The ideal base for many outdoor activities. Instruction is available.
9 Bridewell Street, Bristol, BS1 2QD
This brand new hostel, in the historic old police headquarters, is in the heart of the city centre. A mix of private, en suite and dorm rooms makes it ideal for single travellers, couples and families. The communal spaces on the ground floor include an award winning café offering tasty breakfasts, great coffee and a super fresh lunch menu. Close to the bus station, just 20 mins from Bristol Temple Meads and perfectly located for Bristol’s best shopping from the independent shops of Park Street & Clifton, to big name brands in Cabot Circus or quirky market stalls in St Nicholas’s Market.
Nuthurst, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 6RG
A former boarding school nestling in beautiful Sussex countryside, Gaveston Hall provides hostel accommodation for groups of all sizes. Its 100 beds are spread across dorms, private singe/twin rooms and chalets. Set in magnificent grounds there is plenty to entertain all ages with football pitches, tennis courts, woodland walks and fishing lakes. Outdoor activities can also be provided on-site. There is a well equipped kitchen and plenty of communal space plus table tennis & pool tables and an indoor swimming pool (summer only). Dogs welcome. BYO bedding or hire.
Pelham Road, Claxby, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire LN8 3YR
Situated in the village of Claxby in the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB this low cost hostel has a well equipped kitchen and good sized communal area. Within easy reach of Lincoln, Gainsborough, Scunthorpe and Grimsby. The perfect location for: walking, cycling, field studies, outdoor pursuits, educational activities and conservation projects. Popular with schools, scouts, guides, walkers, cycling groups and other youth organisations. Ideal for groups wanting an educational and/or adventurous break deep in rural surroundings.
The Old Church, Breadalbane St, Oban, Argyll, PA34 5PH
We are the biggest Hostel in Oban with a wide range of private rooms, not only dorm beds.
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140 Lane Head Road, Shepley, West Yorkshire, HD8 8DB
Cliffe House in West Yorkshire is perfect for school groups of 30 -72 people. This centre of excellence in outdoor learning set in 14 acres of woodland can provide tailor made learning and events.
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Elterwater, Ambleside LA22 9HX
Located in the peaceful village of Elterwater, in the Langdale valley, 15 mins' drive from Ambleside. The area has many walks for people of all abilities, from gentle riverside meanders to the challenge presented by the Langdale Pikes, Bowfell and Scafell. Pubs, shops and other amenities are nearby. The area is popular for both on and off-road cycling, rock climbing and other outdoor activities. An ideal overnight stop on the Cumbria Way.
Redmire, Leyburn. North Yorkshire, DL8 4EW
Twelve Scandinavian styled self-catering log cabins located at the heart of Wensleydale in the tranquil beauty of the Yorkshire Dales,. Nine lodges are located in Elm Wood away from the main complex & the other three are located near to Granary Barn, which has a shop, two lounges a meeting room and a kitchen for group use. The varied use of the centre means that facilities are comfortable rather than luxurious.
Rhyd Ddu, Snowdonia, Wales LL54 6TL
The Rhyd Ddu Bunkhouse provides group accommodation at the foot of Snowdon and the Nantlle Ridge. Sleeping 31 in 6 bedrooms, it has a fully equipped kitchen and a large communal dining room with a big screen - great for movie nights! Glorious views, central heating, fast WiFi, parking, secure bike storage, drying room and a large garden. Bring your own sleeping bag, pillow case and towel. A pub, café, and steam train station are all within 2 minutes’ walk.
The Stennack, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1FF
Located in the centre of St Ives, Cohort is a stylish, friendly hostel. Great facilities include a hot shower in the courtyard for surfers, through to a laundry and dry room. The on-site bar is cheap; there’s free WiFi, a TV room and comfortable pod beds - all with USB ports, lights, curtains & under-bed storage and a big guest kitchen. Free tea and coffee before 10am. Walk outside to find
Surrounded by magnificent scenery, the Hoy Centre is ideally situated for a peaceful and relaxing holiday. It's also an ideal venue for outdoor education, weddings, workshops, clubs or family gatherings. Offering high quality, 4* accommodation, the centre has a well equipped kitchen, comfortable lounge & a large dining hall. All rooms are en suite with twin beds and one set of bunks. Hoy is an RSPB reserve comprising 3,500ha of upland heath and cliffs with a large variety of wildlife including arctic hares.
Birsay Hostel in the northwest corner of the Orkney mainland offers comfortable accommodation for up to 26 in 5 bedrooms. An ideal venue for outdoor education trips, weddings, clubs or family gatherings. It has a well equipped kitchen, dining area, drying room, disabled access and all bed linen is provided. There is a campsite in the extensive grounds. Close to spectacular coast, RSPB reserves and the remains of early Christian, Neolithic and Norse settlements. UNESCO heritage sites.
Penrith Road, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4JW
Denton House is a purpose built hostel and outdoor centre in the Lake District offering bunkhouse accommodation. Warm and well equipped for self-catering, the centre was designed for groups with parking for 40 cars. A variety of outdoor activities can be arranged on site. There is equipment storage and access to the River Greta across the road.
The Old Home Farm Yard, Stackpole, nr Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, SA71 5DQ
The 147-bed, platinum eco-award-winning. Stackpole Centre is the perfect venue for large families/groups, special interest breaks and outdoor activities. It comprises four large houses, three cottages and a manor house. Close to wild woodlands and stunning beaches.
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, near Aviemore in the Scottish Highlands, Hagg Farm Outdoor Education Centre, John Hunt Base, Mount Cook Adventure Centre, Thornbridge Outdoors, all in or very near to The Peak District National Park. Brancaster Activity Centre, on the coast in Norfolk. Humphrey Head Group Hostel overlooking Morcambe Bay on the southern edge of the Lake District.
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!