South England / South East England: Bunkhouses, camping barns & hostels

South England / South East England: Bunkhouses, camping barns & hostels

This map shows bunkhouses, camping barns and hostels in the South and South-east of England. Many are within a couple of hours drive or a short train ride from London. Whether you require self catering accommodation for a stop-over in Kent on the way to the continent, or if you are exploring the South Downs or the New Forest, hostels and bunkhouses provide the ideal accommodation. City hostels in Canterbury, Brighton and London are ideal for exploring these cities or enjoying the nightlife. Camping barns and hostels provide ideal accommodation on the South Downs Way, the North Downs Way and the Ridgeway.

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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

Kipps Canterbury

Kipps is an ideal home-from-home for backpackers, visitors or small groups looking for self-catering budget accommodation in Canterbury. It is a short walk to the town centre and the historic attractions including the renowned Canterbury Cathedral. Canterbury also makes an ideal base for day trips to Dover, Leeds Castle and the many local beaches. Facilities include dining room, TV lounge with digital TV, a garden, a fully equipped kitchen, a small shop offering breakfast and other food items, bicycle

Dover Castle Hostel and Flatshares

Dover Castle Hostel and Flatshares, located close to London Bridge in Central London (Zone 1), offers backpackers great value, short and long stay accommodation. Located in the centre of the city. It is walking distance to sights such as Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, London Dungeon, Shakespeare’s Globe, Tate Modern and the London Eye. Prices include free breakfast and free WiFi. The hostel has a guest kitchen and common room, free luggage room, a laundry service as well as a

Palace Farm Hostel

Palace Farm Hostel is a relaxing and flexible four star hostel on a family run arable and fruit farm. It is situated in the village of Doddington, which has a pub, in the North Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The area is great for walking, cycling (cycle hire available £10 a day) and wildlife. The location is central for exploring Canterbury, Rochester, Chatham, Leeds Castle and the many other historic towns, villages and castles in Kent. The accommodation,

Travel Joy Hostel

Travel Joy Hostels are relaxed and chilled-out hostels which focus on personal service. Travel Joy is the only London hostel overlooking the river, centrally located between Chelsea and The Houses of Parliament. There is bicycle dock and a 24-hour bus outside the door that goes every ten minutes to Victoria Station, Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Soho, Oxford Street and Camden. On-site European & Thai restaurant and tour/theatre-tickets desk. Laptop available at reception and € exchange with 5% commission. Free

Cholderton Stonehenge Youth Hostel

Situated on a delightful family owned farm, this four star Youth Hostel provides family/child friendly accommodation suitable for groups or singles who enjoy the countryside. The hostel is located 8 miles from historic Salisbury with its Cathedral, and only 5 miles from Stonehenge World Heritage Site. Cholderton also offers cooked breakfasts for a small additional fee if preferred. Entrance to the adjoining Cholderton Charlie’s rare breeds farm is free of charge to guests. It offers a range of daily activities

Avon Tyrrell Activity Centre

Set in 65 acres of private grounds, in the heart of the New Forest National Park, Avon Tyrrell Activity Centre offers an extensive range of outdoor adventure and learning activities for groups and individuals as well as various on site accommodation options. The Grade I listed house provides full or part board catering for large groups. Dormitory style bedrooms sleep between 2-10 people. B&B for smaller groups and individuals is also available. On site are 6, 12 and 14 berth

Clink 261

One of London’s best established backpacker hostels. Clink261 offers simple, comfortable accommodation in the centre of London in a renovated Student Union building. A great place to return to after a day spent exploring the city. Backpackers love the laid back, welcoming atmosphere.

Court Hill Centre

Just 2 miles south of Wantage, and only a few steps from the historic Ridgeway National Trail, The Court Hill Centre enjoys breathtaking views over the Vale of the White Horse. Reclaimed barns surround a pretty courtyard garden, on the site of a disused rubbish dump! Offering accommodation to families, groups and individuals, a popular year-round destination. The centre offers evening meals, breakfasts, and picnic lunches. Meals are served in the beautiful high-roofed dining room which retains the

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

Puttenham Eco Camping Barn

Puttenham Eco Camping Barn offers simple overnight accommodation and a warm welcome for walkers and cyclists - individuals, families or groups - in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Located on the North Downs Way and Sustrans NCN22 cycle route, the Barn has a fully equipped self-catering kitchen, a shower, toilets and foam covered sleeping platforms, as well as a garden with picnic benches. Electricity and hot water included but bring your own towel and sleeping bag (or

Clink78

Clink78 is a social backpacker’s hostel, providing simple yet comfortable accommodation in the centre of London. The hostel provides a basic breakfast and free WiFi throughout. Set in a 200 year old courthouse, original Victorian features combine with bold and colourful interior design to create a unique, characterful hostel.

Crystal Palace Lodge

Located within the grounds of the world famous Crystal Palace National Sports Centre and set within 200 acres of beautiful parkland, The Lodge offers good value hostel accommodation. An ideal place to stay when visiting London. Specialising in sports bookings, group bookings and tour packages, residents benefit from discounted use of the National Sports Centre, with indoor swimming pool, gym, games room, tennis courts and more. Children and coach parties are welcome. Accommodation is in single and

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

Alpha Hostel

A hostel by the sea, next to the Viking way for walkers and cyclists and just 50m from a Blue Flag, safe swimming beach, Alpha Hostel has been providing great budget accommodation in a friendly flexible atmosphere for over 20 years. Children love the beach which is only 50m from the front door- so parents be ready to help build those sand castles! The beach is also used by a number of different water sports enthusiasts. Facilities include; two

Chilterns Bunkhouse

This bunkhouse provides rustic, basic accommodation which comprises of two restored barns located amongst the woodlands and grassland of the National Trust Ashridge Estate in the heart of the Chilterns.

Wetherdown Lodge and Campsite

An award winning example of eco-renovation and part of The Sustainability Centre which promotes environmental awareness and low impact living in the heart of the South Downs National Park. We’re right on the South Downs Way National Trail and ideal for walkers, cyclists, business away-days and family get-togethers. The Lodge has a fully equipped self-catering kitchen, a communal area, comfortable bedrooms with linen & towels provided, and shared bathrooms/toilets. A ‘help yourself’ breakfast is included. The centre has large grounds

Kipps Brighton

Kipps Brighton is situated in the centre of Brighton, with views of the Royal Pavilion and close to all of Brighton’s attractions including the beach, Brighton Pier, The Lanes and The Brighton Eye. We offer great value accommodation with excellent facilities, including a lounge, games room, & self-catering kitchen. Staff offer nightly events, from pizza night to pasta night, a great way to meet the other guests and the staff. Dormitory rooms come with secure free lockers and en suite

South Downs Bunkhouse

The perfect base for walkers, cyclists, horse riders or other parties looking to explore the South Downs National park. South Downs Bunkhouse is right on the South Downs Way where it crosses the River Arun and the Monarch’s Way also runs close by. On a working arable and dairy farm visitors will be welcomed by the Lock family to this newly opened barn which has been converted to an extremely high standard. The hamlet of Houghton is well provided with

Gumber Bothy

Gumber Bothy is a converted Sussex flint barn on a working sheep farm within the National Trust’s Slindon Estate. It provides simple overnight accommodation or camping for walkers, horse riders and cyclists, just off the South Downs Way, or a tranquil and remote location to get away from it all. Five minutes’ walk from Stane Street, the Roman Road that crosses the South Downs Way at Bignor Hill, facilities include sleeping platforms in 3 dorms sleeping up to 25, basic kitchen

The Privett Centre

Situated mid-way between Alton and Petersfield in glorious Hampshire countryside, the Privett Centre offers lowest cost, comfortable short-stay accommodation in a unique rural setting. The centre is a picturesque converted Victorian school and schoolhouse located next to the church in a farming hamlet which lies within the East Hampshire ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. Sleeping a maximum of 29 dormitory style with 1 twin bedroom (with disabled access en suite) and one single room, the centre is designed to accommodate

This maps of South England / South East England shows the locations of bunkhouses, hostels and camping barn, which provide self-catering accommodation, all part of the UK’s largest hostels and bunkhouse network IHUK.

This map shows the Bunkhouses, Camping barns and hostels in the south and south east England covering the counties of Essex and Hertfordshire to the north, Kent, Sussex and Hampshire to the south, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Dorset to the west and of course London. The area includes the North Downs, the South Downs National Park and the New Forest National Park as well as south east England’s natural landmarks such as the white cliffs of Dover and the Isle of Wight. As well as all the attractions the capital has to offer, the area is replete with visitor attractions from Legoland and Brighton Sealife Centre to a vast number of castles and stately home, best known of these being Leeds Castle and Dover Castle in Kent and Windsor Castle and Highclere (home of Downton Abbey) in Berkshire. The nightlife of London’s West End faces stiff competition from that of Brighton. Whist the seaside town also boasts a magnificent pier as well as the royal pavilion and the famous Brighton Beach. Further down the coast Bournemouth also challenges Brighton with its beach and historic grandure. Further east, Canterbury is dominated by the UK’s oldest cathedral the seat of English Christianity. Whilst many visitors to and from the European continent come via the port at Dover, Kent is the perfect place for an overnight stop on the way to the ferry. The traditional seaside town of Margate is not only home to the UK’s “original pleasure park” Dreamland but also the Turner Contemporary Gallery of modern art. Outdoor enthusiasts can find fantastic walking on the South Downs Way, the Kent coast line and of course Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. Further north walkers might want to tackle the Ridgeway National Trail through the Chilterns, possibly England’s oldest road. Whist wildlife watchers will revel in the delights of the Stour Valley estuary and the RSPB reserve there.

Isle of Purbeck

The Isle of Purbeck on the Jurassic coast with the coastal town of Swanage, makes a great area for an overnight stay.