Explore the hidden treasures of England without breaking the bank by booking a stay with YHA. Here, they recommend seven hostels, including a Georgian mansion and a Victorian villa, with key landmarks and attractions on the doorstep.
Situated right on the shores of Windermere, this newly refurbished Youth Hostel is in an unbeatable location in the Lake District, with stunning views and state-of-the-art facilities for families, solo travellers and groups.
YHA Ambleside overlooks the nearby Langdale Pikes and gives you easy access to prime walking trails - including Wansfell and the Langdales, climbing and watersports as well as the charming village of Ambleside with its many quaint shops, cafes and restaurants.
This Arts and Crafts house with child-friendly facilities on the edge of Beer village is a great choice for cheap holidays in the UK. YHA Beer is located on the stunningly beautiful Jurassic coast, now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For an activity break, try mackerel fishing and safe sea swimming at the nearby beach, or for a real Jurassic coast holiday, spend the day fossil hunting. Keen walkers will love the nearby South West Coastal Path which wraps around 630 miles of idyllic coast.
Nestled near a church and the charming village of Ilam overlooked by the famous Thorpe Cloud – a lofty limestone hill – YHA Ilam is a great place to switch off and soak up the countryside in a magnificent 17th Century gothic manor. Sat within 84 acres of National Trust parkland, it’s also a great base for families and groups of friends seeking adventure in the great outdoors. Head out to spot fossils in the stone steps in Dovedale Valley or cycle the route of the former railway track in the Manifold Valley.
This stunning Victorian villa is newly refurbished and perfectly located to explore the Cathedral City of Canterbury and the surrounding areas in Kent, fondly known as the Garden of England. With a UNESCO World Heritage Site right on your doorstep that includes the 11th century cathedral – the site of Thomas Becket’s infamous murder – and many other medieval landmarks, why not take a punting tour along the winding River Stour to get to know the city better.
This modern Sherwood Forest accommodation is on the edge of Robin Hood’s fabled territory. The visitor centre and majestic Major Oak are nearby, as well Edwinstowe, a historic village so called because Edwin of Northumbria's body was hidden here after he was killed in the Battle of Hatfield Chase in 633AD. It’s also home to the church that Robin Hood is said to have married Maid Marian. Along with a rich heritage to uncover, there are lots of free things to do as well, with walking and cycling routes and several parks on YHA Sherwood Forest's doorstep.
This magnificent Georgian mansion is only two miles from Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon. Having such a famous son has meant that Stratford’s historic buildings have survived better than most. Just walking around this place is like taking a Tardis back through time. No break in this part of the work is complete without seeing a performance by the world renowned Royal Shakespeare Company or a visit to nearby Warwick Castle – one of the finest Medieval fortresses in England.
YHA Brighton, in all its Regency grandeur, is on the doorstep of all of Brighton’s most exciting attractions. The world famous Brighton Pier is less than a minute’s walk, the Prince Regent’s magnificent Pavilion is two minutes away and the Lanes shopping area, where you will find an abundance of independent boutiques, quirky pubs and comfy alternative cafés, is just three minutes from the hostel. Aside from three major festivals – Brighton Fringe, Brighton Festival and Brighton Pride, there is a year round programme of entertainment from alternative comedy through to camp cabaret and contemporary art.
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