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

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The East of England has some great Independent Hostels in the Lincolnshire Wolds, the North Norfolk Coast and rural Suffolk. 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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    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.

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    Old Brooder Bunkhouse

    Comfy, farm self-catering in rural Suffolk close to historic Lavenham. Sleeps 20 singles in four bedrooms. Mix of oak bunks/conventional beds. Relax in cosy sitting room; BBQ, ping-pong, croquet & badminton in the garden; explore the farm, picnic in a meadow. 20 bikes included to explore quiet country lanes, or kayak down the River Stour, Go Ape, visit castles, print workshop courses.

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    Chellington Centre

    A unique and memorable venue for group stays. Situated in the beautiful Bedfordshire countryside with amazing views across the Great River Ouse, it’s easily accessible from the M1 but a world apart. The converted 12th century church can sleep 30 in bunkrooms, with modern facilities, an industrial style kitchen for self-catering and two breakout rooms. Youth group discounts available.

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    Deepdale Groups Hostel

    Deepdale Groups Hostel is at the heart of Burnham Deepdale on the beautiful North Norfolk Coast. The Groups Hostel offers comfortable, self-catering accommodation for groups. Sleeping up to 18 people in 4 bedrooms, it is perfect for friends, larger family gathering, clubs or reunions. A great base for a walking break, cycling tour or for bird/wildlife watching groups. The knowledgeable staff will give advice and share their passion for the area.

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    Deepdale Backpackers

    Deepdale Backpackers offers a range of comfortable self-catering rooms with private en suite shower/toilet facilities, plus single sex dorms. All bedding is provided, just BYO towels. With underfloor heating throughout, laundry & drying facilities, all rooms have shared access to a large well equipped kitchen, communal dining area and living room.

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    Tower Windmill

    Built in 1816 and last used as a working corn mill in 1914, this National Trust bunkhouse has panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and the Norfolk coastline. A perfect venue and location for groups of family and friends to get together and explore the local beaches and miles of public footpaths. Featuring a well equipped ground floor kitchen, sitting/dining area, a third floor library and large enclosed garden. BYO bedding and linen.

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    Igloo Hybrid

    On Market Square, right in the centre of 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.

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    1912 Centre

    The 1912 Centre, in the Harwich Conservation area, is just 50m from the sandy beach & promenade. The centrally heated hostel is the former town fire station, the old engine garage is now the dining and recreational area. The upper floor has 4 cabin style sleeping areas, other beds are on the ground floor & suitable the disabled. Facilities include a fully equipped kitchen, showers & drying room. BYO sleeping or hire duvets.

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    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.

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    Brancaster Activity Centre (bac)

    This National Trust Grade ll listed flint cottage lies in 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 48 can be accommodated (sole occupancy). Self-cater in the well equipped kitchen, or eat out in nearby pubs and cafés. The upstairs ‘snug’ has a TV and woodburner and there is a garden with seating and gas BBQ. Perfect for sailing, walking, kite surfing, bird watching & the Norfolk Coast Path.

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    Viking Centre

    Situated in the village of Claxby in the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB this low cost hostel has a well equipped kitchen and good sized communal area. Within easy reach of Lincoln, Gainsborough, Scunthorpe and Grimsby. The perfect location for: walking, cycling, field studies, outdoor pursuits, educational activities and conservation projects. Popular with schools, scouts, guides, walkers, cycling groups and other youth organisations. Ideal for groups wanting an educational and/or adventurous break deep in rural surroundings.

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  • Profile picture of Hunstanton Backpackers & Yha

    Hunstanton Backpackers & Yha

    This family-run, family friendly licensed hostel is ideal for schools (classroom available) & groups as sole use or for families & individuals in private rooms. Close to the beach, town centre, Sealife sanctuary, cliff walks and buses serving the Norfolk Coast. Perfect for walking, cycling, birding and fun on the beach. Food served or self-cater in the kitchen. Enjoy sea views from the garden patio.

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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.

Lincolnshire Wolds

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.

The lincolnshire Wolds are well known for quite swooping lanes ideal for cycle touring and peaceful footpaths with an historic tie to the Rambling movement of the 1930’s.  There are two walking festivals in this area the, Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival and the South Lincolnshire Walking Festival.  These are organised by Heritage Lincolnshire with support from Lincolnshire County Council, Access Lincoln, North Kesteven District Council, South Kesteven District Council, Boston Borough Council and South Holland District Council.


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.