YHA South Downs (Youth Hostels Association)

Lewes, East Sussex, United Kingdom








Due to the coronavirus pandemic our hostels are unavailable for bookings until 31st July 2020. If you are able to donate to support YHA’s charitable work at this difficult time, we’d be very grateful. Support YHA

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Situated on the South Downs Way and just a short walk along the country lanes from Southease Railway Station, YHA South Downs enjoys great access to nearby Lewes, Newhaven and continental Europe via ferry connections, or travel a little further afield to Brighton or London for great days out. Staying a little closer to home, the South Downs National Park is on the hostel doorstep – the world is almost your oyster when staying at YHA South Downs.

Bedroom layout:

The area on hire consists of seven bedrooms accommodating 28 people: 

Room 1 – 6 x Bunk beds En-suite (Sleeps 6 guests)

Room 2 – 8 x Bunk beds (Sleeps 8 guests)

Room 3 – 4 x Bunk beds En-suite (Sleeps 4 guests)

Room 4 – 1 x Double bed and 4 x Bunk beds En-suite (Sleeps 5 or 6 guests)

Room 5 – 4 x Bunk beds (Sleeps 4 guests)

Dining room/lounge:

There are two lounges in the building, one with a TV and a sitting area and a one smaller cosy lounge.


There is a self catering kitchen with 2 hobs and ovens, a microwave, kettles, 2 fridges, a freezer and a range of cooking utensils and crockery. Tea towels are provided.

Washing facilities:

3 of the bedrooms are en-suite and there are 2 other bathrooms on the same floor as the rooms. Please bring your own towels.


There is full central heating throughout.

Refuse & Recycling:

There are large bins and recycling facilities outside main gate. Please follow instructions given on arrival.

Car parking:

There is a free car park a short distance from the hostel and disabled parking available in the court yard.


By Rail: Southease station, with links to London Victoria via Lewes, is less than 200m from the front door, along a country lane.
By Car: The entrance to YHA South Downs is on A26 between Newhaven and Lewes.

Discounts on your stay
Why not take out YHA membership today to save £30 on your Exclusive Hire booking? Not only will you get a discount on bookings with YHA Exclusive Hire, but you’ll also get exclusive discounts every time you stay with YHA, high street shopping discounts, email newsletters and much, much more!

To get your £30 off discount code, simply log in to YHA.org.uk and go to the Member Benefits tab.

YHA South Downs welcomes dogs! Add a dog to your booking at check out and bring your four legged friend along with you.

At YHA South Downs we strive to cater for everybody. Our bedrooms are on the first floor. However, we have one accessible bedroom on the ground floor of The Barn (a separate building) with accessible en-suite bathroom. If you let us know in advance we will be happy to make this room available.
We also have:
Step-free access into hostel
Portable induction loop
En-suite rooms
For more information please download the full access statement here.


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Lewes, East Sussex, United Kingdom
50.8316578 0.0334535

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