Norfolk, Suffolk & the East of England: Bunkhouses, camping barns & hostels

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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.

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Deepdale Backpackers

Deepdale Backpackers offers a range of comfortable self-catering rooms (double, twin, triple, quad and family) all 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. Free WiFi throughout. Reception is the Deepdale Visitor Information Centre, with lots of info

Igloo Hybrid

Located on Market Square, right in the centre of Nottingham, Igloo Hybrid is Nottingham’s most popular choice for budget-minded travellers. Opened in 2015, it offers a clean, safe and warm overnight stay for great value prices. Facilities include a fully equipped self-catering kitchen, free WiFi throughout, power showers, lockers, lounge with internet access, outdoor courtyard and laundry facilities. There are dorms beds with memory foam mattresses and reading lights, inspired SleepBox quarters for 1 or 2 people as well as

Stour Valley Bunkhouse

Opened in 2007, and fitted with a wide range of modern facilities, Stour Valley Bunkhouse is set in peaceful surroundings on an historic 1000 acre working farm, an ideal base for exploring Constable Country. Close to the Stour Estuary, there are excellent opportunities for bird watching, walking and cycling on the doorstep. Alton Water is only 3 miles away for sailing and windsurfing. Ipswich is 6 miles away. For children of all ages there is a huge

Harlow International Hostel

Harlow International Hostel is situated in the centre of a landscaped park and is one of the oldest buildings in Harlow. The town of Harlow is the ideal base from which to explore 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. There are a range of room sizes

Brook House Barn

Comfortable, self-catering accommodation ideally suited for families, groups or individuals. This high standard barn conversion has a fully equipped kitchen/dining area, drying room, utility and a large lounge with panoramic views over the Wolds countryside. There are 2 bedrooms on the ground floor and 3 bedrooms and a small lounge on the first floor. The bedrooms have a mix of beds and bunks, bed linen is provided and all have en suite shower rooms. A two bedroom (4/5 person)

Old Brooder Bunkhouse

The Old Brooder Bunkhouse is situated in Milden in Suffolk, down a quiet drive three miles from historic Lavenham but only about an hour from London. Surrounded by ancient wildflower meadows and hedged countryside it is one of the Grade II listed Milden Hall farm buildings. The bunkhouse has two 8-bed dorms and two 2-bed rooms. The beds are comfortable “bunk-pods” and conventional beds. There is a self-catering kitchen, sitting room, drying room and plenty of showers. The bunkhouse provides

Brancaster Activity Centre (bac)

This Grade 2 listed flint cottage is located within the picturesque harbour of Brancaster Staithe on the North Norfolk Coast. Guests are never disappointed by the stunning sea views across the beautiful marshes. Brancaster Activity Centre offers group accommodation for up to 22 guests, in 4 newly furbished bedrooms with en suite facilities. Larger groups of up to 48 are also welcome, across 9 bedrooms. Your group can be creative in the self-catering kitchen, or sample the local flavours in

Deepdale Groups Hostel

Deepdale Groups Hostel offers self-contained, comfortable, self-catering accommodation for groups all year round on the beautiful North Norfolk Coast. Sleeping up to 18 people in 4 bedrooms, it is the perfect location for a group or larger family gathering or reunion. A great base for a group walking break or cycling tour, or for bird or wildlife watching groups. There are two 6 bed, one 4 bed and one twin room, providing flexible sleeping arrangements. All bedding

Hunstanton Backpackers & Yha

Available for sole use, family rooms or individuals. Hunstanton Backpackers and YHA is suitable for schools, family & friends get-togethers & uniformed groups. Greatly improved recently, including adding en suites, 3* VisitEngland approved. An ideal affordable family break or activity getaway for walking, cycling, bird watching or fun on the beach. The Norfolk Coast Path, serviced by Coasthopper Bus, goes through stunning beaches, great for wildlife, or catch a boat to Seal Island. Rooms are bunkrooms of various sizes or

Old Red Lion

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

This map shows the Bunkhouses, Camping barns and hostels in the East of England covering 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.

Lincolnshire Wolds

Further inland the Lincolnshire Wolds rise above the agricultural land surrounding them and are the highest hills between Kent and Yorkshire.


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.