Old Red Lion, Old Red Lion, Bailey Street, Castle Acre, Norfolk, PE32 2AG

Call Alison Loughlin on 01760 755557


Visitors to Castle Acre are entranced by the special atmosphere of this medieval walled town which lies within the outer bailey of an 11th century castle. Castle Acre is on the Peddars Way, an ancient track now a long distance path. The Old Red Lion, a former pub, is centrally situated and carries on the tradition of serving travellers who seek refreshment and repose. Guests can stay in private rooms or dormitories. Bedding and linen are provided free of charge. There is a ground floor wet room with double bed. Use of a small, fully equipped kitchen exclusively for guests. Self-service breakfast (at any time),includes organic wholefoods, fresh fruits, seeds etc. Guests are invited to make a packed lunch from breakfast provision. Quiet areas include The Snug, a small sitting room with wood-burner, books and small TV. There are two large areas suitable for yoga: The Cellar and The Garden Room with adjacent toilet. Also ideal for group use: celebrations, classes, courses, workshops and retreats. Sole occupancy negotiable. Off-road parking spaces. No curfew. Dogs by arrangement. Local shop (Mon-Sat 6am-8pm, Sun 8am-6pm), fish & chip shop and pub. Ideal for walkers, cyclists, used as a yoga retreat and there are regular yoga classes. This accommodation is featured on our map of Norfolk, Suffolk and the East of England and here is its own website.


  • Rooms & Beds:

    22: 1x8, 1x6, 1x double, 2x double en suite, 2x twin
  • Open:

    All year. All day. Arrival times by arrangement.
  • Price per night:

    Double ensuite £70. Wet room (ground floor) £70/Sgle occ.£55. Double £65/Sgle occ £45. Twin £55/Sgle occ £40. Discounts for 2+ nights. Dorms £22.50. B/fast, bedding, towel included.
  • Booking:

    Useful but not essential
  • Directions:

    GR 818151. Castle Acre is 3.5 miles north of Swaffham (A47) on the A1065. The hostel is on left, 75yds down from Bailey Gate in village centre.
  • Public Transport:

    Trains at King's Lynn & Downham Market . Peterborough to Lowestoft X1 bus by Excell stops at Swaffham. Daily National Express coach between London Victoria & Swaffham. Norfolk Bus 0500 626116.
  • Walks:

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks

This accommodation allows dogs by arrangement, is available to individuals, has a pub within walking distance and is on the ideal for retreats page, the present or past youth hostel page and the page of accommodation near Castles.


aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
rDisabled Access
dBedding provided
gFully heated
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
iDrying room
ZDogs by arrangement


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Castle Acre in ancient Norfolk

November 29th 2011

The village of Castle Acre and its surrounds are certainly charming and steeped in Norman history. Outdoor enthusiasts embarking on the Peddars Way and those following Christian pilgrim routes are already inclined to stay in Castle Acre. What makes the Old Red Lion a unique place to visit and what sets it apart is its retreat-like environment. Those seeking a tranquil but well-equipped space for courses, workshops, retreats and functions should look no further.

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Old Red Lion, Castle Acre

August 29th 2018

A former pub in an ancient walled village, the Old Red Lion carries on the tradition of serving travelers who seek refreshment and repose.

Guests can stay in private rooms or dormitories where all bedding and linen is provided. The snug, the converted flint walled cellar and the garden room/studio are flexible spaces ideal for group activity, exhibitions and performance, as well as meeting other guests. These facilities are particularly suitable for yoga, music, arts, education and drama events. The Old Red Lion can be hired for sole occupancy for courses and retreats. Regular weekly yoga classes are held at the hostel.  Contact Old Red Lion: 01760 755557.

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The Warrior Pose at Castle Acre.

July 15th 2017

The Old Red Lion.

The Old Red Lion at Castle Acre shares the most iconic of British pub names. Allegedly named after the coat of arms of John of Gaunt, of the house of Lancaster, it has historic associations with that great soldier. The enchanting town of Castle Acre is so named as it lies within the walled bailey of the 11th Century Norman castle.  

Yet the Old Red Lion really bucks that historical trend, while keeping the tradition of hospitality. Not only can guests stay in private rooms or dormitories, choose from the exclusively vegetarian menu, but can also join in with weekly yoga sessions or a longer retreat. 

The Guardian travel Writer Dixie Wills wrote, “Is it a B & B? Is it a hostel? Is it a retreat centre? Well it appears to take the best of all three. This is clearly what accommodation should be about.” Which says it better than I can. 




The ancient village of Castle Acre in Norfolk

January 8th 2017

Castle Acre has a very special atmosphere and an historic hostel with a peaceful welcome.

The village of Castle Acre was an important Norman Town and you still pass through the medieval wall via the bailey gate to reach the village green with its pub, cafe and shop. The village has a special atmosphere, this hostel has been providing a welcome to travellers for generations. Historically an Inn, then a youth hostel in the hey day of youth hostelling, the Old Red Lion now continues to welcome guests as an independent hostel with its own quiet brand of peace ideal for travellers, retreats and workshops. A 7 second stroll away is the 11th century castle managed by English Heritage, and a 7 minutes walk away is the Cluniac Priory.

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