Old Red Lion
Old Red Lion, Old Red Lion, Bailey Street, Castle Acre, Norfolk, PE32 2AG
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, where bedding and linen are provided free of charge. There are quiet areas (with wood burning stoves) for reading, meeting other guests and playing. There are two large areas: the flint and stone timber-walled converted pub cellar, suitable for yoga and The Garden Room with kitchen and toilet adjacent, ideal for group use; celebrations, classes, courses, workshops and retreats. There is a ground floor wetroom with double bed. Drying facilities. Local shops and pub. No smoking. Dogs by arrangement.This accommodation is featured on our map of Norfolk, Suffolk and the East of England and here is its own website.
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22: 1×8, 1×6, 1x double, 2 x double en suite, 2 x twin
All year. All day. Arrival times by arrangement.
Twin £50, double en suite £70, double £65. Dorm beds £22.50. Includes self service, wholefood breakfast, bedding, towel, all day access and parking.
Useful but not essential
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.