Old Red Lion, Old Red Lion, Bailey Street, Castle Acre, Norfolk, PE32 2AG
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OverviewVisitors 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 close to ruins of an ancient Cluniac Priory.
Castle Acre is on the Peddars Way and the Norfolk Coastal Path, an ancient track and long distance path. The Old Red Lion, a former pub, is in the centre of the village and carries on the tradition of serving travellers who seek refreshment and repose. Guests sleep in fully made up beds in private rooms. There is a well equipped kitchen and large dining space exclusively for guests' use. The self-service complimentary breakfast includes organic wholefoods, fresh fruits, toast and spreads. Guests are invited to make a packed lunch from the breakfast provisions.
Quiet areas include the snug and a small sitting room with wood-burner and books. There are two large areas, the Cellar and the Garden Room, which are perfect for groups, classes, courses, workshops, retreats, yoga and celebrations. Please enquire for exclusive use booking of the whole hostel. Off-road parking is available, there is no curfew and dogs are welcome by arrangement.
In Castle Acre there are two English Heritage sites: the Cluniac Priory Ruins (booking necessary) and the Castle Earthworks (open at all times) both 11th century. There is a local shop (open until 8pm), a fish & chip shop and a pub.
Beds & Rooms:22: 1x6, 3 x twin, 1x double, 2x double ensuite
Open:All year. All day. Arrival times by arrangement.
Price per night:Double ensuite £75. double room £65, fwin room £55. Family room with 6 single beds, £25 per bed. All rates reduced for more than ONE night. Includes made up bed and basic breakfast provisions. Please enquire for sole use.
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 Walks
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The Old Red Lion Hostel in Castle Acre will have a new room configuration when it reopens.
December 7th 2020
When the Pandemic in England allows, this quintessential homely hostel will be continuing the tradition of providing travelers with refreshment and repose. The dorms will not be available and the hostel will be operating 3 twin rooms, one family room with six single beds and three double rooms.
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 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.
Old Red Lion, Castle Acre
August 29th 2018
Next to an ancient castle in an historic walled village, the Old Red Lion carries on the tradition of serving travelers who seek refreshment and repose. Ideal 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.
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.
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.