This historic Quaker meeting house and accommodation is back open for business!

After being closed for nearly 3 years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Airton Barn is reopening its doors on April 1st, and it’s an exciting moment for travellers and backpackers alike. This hostel, located in the beautiful village of Airton in North Yorkshire, England, has been a popular destination for budget travellers for many years. What makes this hostel even more special is that it is run by the Quakers who are known for their commitment to social justice and community service. The historic Friends Meeting House on site has been used by Quakers since the mid-17th century, being located in the region known by Quakers as ‘1652 Country’. 

Airton Barn is not just any hostel; it’s an ethical hostel that provides rest for travellers while promoting sustainable tourism practices.  Airton Barn is committed to creating a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space for all guests, regardless of their background, ethnicity, or religion.

A historic venue in its own right, Airton Friends Meeting House has a fascinating story to tell about the origins of Quakerism in this region. With so many other ancient religious sites in the area, the Barn makes an ideal base for pilgrimages and journeys of architectural discovery. They host retreats of various kinds, faith-based or otherwise, as well as creative courses and workshops.

One of the great things about Airton Barn is that it’s located in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The village of Airton is situated in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and it’s a perfect base for exploring the area. Guests can enjoy hiking, cycling, and other outdoor activities while admiring the stunning scenery of the Dales. The hostel is also within easy reach of several historic sites, including Bolton Abbey and Skipton Castle.

Overall, the reopening of Airton Barn is an exciting moment for travellers who are looking for a unique and ethical place to stay.  So, whether you’re a backpacker, a solo traveller, or a family looking for an affordable and ethical accommodation, Airton Barn should be added to your 2023 bucket list.

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