The East of England has a scattering of great Independent Hostels. The area is steeped in history with Romans and Anglo Saxons remains. Lincoln, Norwich, Ely, and Peterborough have impressive Cathedrals and the whole area is dotted with abbeys and castles including Castle Acre Priory in Norfolk, Nottingham Castle and Sutton Hoo in Suffolk. The popular resorts of Great Yarmouth, Southwold, Skegness, Ingoldmells, Cromer and Sheringham, and Hunstantion Beach are all in this area as well as The Norfolk Broads and nature reserves including Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve, The North Norfolk Coast AONB, The Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB and famous RSPB reserve at Minsmere.
Norfolk, Suffolk & the East of England
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Hunstanton Backpackers & Yha
Hunstanton Backpackers and YHA, on the idyllic Norfolk coast, provides affordable self-catering accommodation for groups, families, schools and clubs.The area is popular for walking, cycling, bird watching, seal spotting and old fashioned fun on the beach. Just a 3 minute walk will take you to the sea front or town centre with a Sealife sanctuary, fantastic beaches and cliff top walks.More details
Harlow International Hostel
Harlow International Hostel is in the centre of a landscaped park and is one of the oldest buildings in Harlow. The town of Harlow is your ideal base for exploring London, Cambridge and the best of South East England. The journey time to central London is only 35 minutes from the hostel door and it is the closest hostel to Stansted Airport. National Cycle Route 1 passes the front door. Meals can be provided for groups. There’s a children’s zoo, orienteering course and outdoor pursuits centre in the park.More details
Deepdale Backpackers offers a range of comfortable self-catering rooms with private en suite shower and toilet facilities, plus single sex dorms. All bedding is provided, just BYO towels. With underfloor heating throughout, a laundry & drying facilities, all rooms have shared access to a large well equipped kitchen, communal dining area and living room with TV.More details
Brancaster Activity Centre (bac)
This National Trust Grade 2 listed flint cottage is located within 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 up to 48 can be accommodation. Self-cater in the well equipped kitchen, or eat out in nearby pubs and cafés. The upstairs ‘snug’ has a TV and wood burner and there is a garden with seating and gas BBQ. Perfect for sailing, walking, kite surfing, bird watching & the Norfolk Coast Path.More details
On Market Square, right in the centre of the Nottingham. Igloo offers great value and comfort. Rooms are decorated using locally sourced, up-cycled furniture and feature street art murals. With a fully equipped self-catering kitchen, free WiFi, power showers, lockers, lounge, outdoor courtyard and laundry facilities. Igloo Annexe & Pods, offers further accommodation with the same standard.More details
Old Brooder Bunkhouse
The Old Brooder Bunkhouse provides quirky, very comfortable farm stay accommodation for up to 20 guests in four bedrooms for those who don’t have a big budget - with comfortable oak bunk beds and conventional beds; kitchen-dining area for 20 at rustic tables and an upstairs sitting room for all; plenty of showers; 20 adult road bikes; garden for outdoor games; and farm to explore.More details
Brook House Barn
Comfortable, beautifully converted,self-catering accommodation for families, groups or individuals. With panoramic views over the Lincolnshire Wolds. Cottage also available. Scamblesby, is on the Viking Way and has footpaths, bridleways and country lanes. Louth and Horncastle: 10 mins’ drive, Lincoln, Boston and the coastal beaches: 1/2hr. Close to Cadwell Park, Market Rasen racecourse & the Aviation Heritage.More details
Old Red Lion
The medieval walled town of Castle Acre is on the Peddars Way, ancient track/long distance path. This former pub, continues to serve travellers who seek refreshment and repose. Stay in private rooms or dorms (bedding/linen supplied). There are quiet communal areas and 2 large areas suitable for group activities.More details
Deepdale Groups Hostel
Deepdale Groups Hostel sits in the village of Burnham Deepdale in an ANOB on the North Norfolk Coast. It offers comfortable, self-catering accommodation for groups. Sleeping up to 18 people in 4 bedrooms, it is perfect for groups, larger family gathering or reunions. A great base for a walking break or cycling tour, or for bird/wildlife watching groups. The knowledgeable staff are on hand to give advice and share their passion for the area.More details
This map shows the Bunkhouses, Camping barns and hostels in the East of England
It covers the East Anglian counties of Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk, as well as Lincolnshire and Nottingham to the North and Cambridgeshire to the West.
The North Sea coastline is a haven for wildlife and has a number of fantastic sites for bird and wildlife watchers including Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve, The North Norfolk Coast AONB, The Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB and famous RSPB reserve at Minsmere.
Further inland the Lincolnshire Wolds rise above the agricultural land surrounding them and are the highest hills between Kent and Yorkshire. The City if Lincoln is easily visited from our hostels in the area and is well known for it’s cathedral which has featured in a number of films including the Da Vinci Code.
Walkers, Cyclist and Horse-riders love the Forestry Commission’s action packed sites at Thetford Forest and Sherwood Pines or the National Trust Site at Clumber Park, whilst lovers of the legend of Robin Hood can find out more at the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre near Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire.
The East of England is steeped in history with both rural and urban areas influenced by the Romans, Anglo Saxons and Vikings. Lincoln, Norwich, Ely, and Peterborough all boast impressive Cathedrals whilst the area is dotted with abbeys and castles including Bury St Edmunds Abbey, Castle Acre Priory, Framlingham Castle, Nottingham Castle and many more whilst the fascinating Anglo Saxon royal burial ground can be visited at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk. Colchester’s is Britian’s oldest recorded town and was once the capital of Roman Britain, whilst Ipswich has a long history as an important port. Nottingham boasts a fascinating system of caves underneath the city whilst three of it’s pubs; The Bell, The Salutation and The Trip to Jerusalem fight it out with Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, St Albans, for the title of Oldest Pub in England! Lovers of the seaside visit the popular seaside resorts of Great Yarmouth, Southwold, Skegness, Ingoldmells, Cromer and Sheringham in their hoards whilst Hunstantion Beach makes it into the Trip Advisor top 25 best British beaches. The Norfolk Broads are another attraction for boat and wildlife lovers alike.