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The iFootpath Directory - YHA Holmbury

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YHA Holmbury

YHA Holmbury St Mary stands in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the very edge of 4,000 acres of open access countryside and woodland. The Youth Hostel has large grounds and is perfect for playing, relaxing, dining and camping. It’s also ideally suited as a base to explore the Surrey Hills or walk the North Downs Way and Greensand Way. The rural location is only 30 miles from central London and about 20 miles from the major London airports. Please remember to check our parking information before leaving to explore our beautiful surroundings.

Nearby attractions include Alpine Snowsports Centre, Mercedes-Benz World, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventure, Leith Hill, Box Hill, Holmbury Hill, Clandon Park, Legoland and London & Polesden Lacey.

Our guests can now hire bikes and book cycling activities before they arrive through our partners B1ke. For local cycle repairs or maintenance help our local bike shop is Head for the Hills in Dorking, 6 Miles from the hostel (call 01306 885007).

FREE WI-FI is available in communal areas for guests!

The Hostel

YHA Holmbury St Mary is a secluded hostel at the top of a narrow country lane. We have a small selection of rooms 1 x 3 bedded (one double bed with a single bunk over the top) room, 2 x 2 bedded rooms and 10 x 4 bedded rooms, along with 15 camping spaces. All toilets, showers and hand basins are shared. The hostel has a large open plan dining room and lounge in one which is perfect for relaxing after a busy activity-packed day. Mobile phone signal is limited at the hostel but there is free Wi-Fi in communal areas. Please note that travel cots are not to be used in bedrooms, but we do have a moses basket available.

Bell Tents

Get all the fun of camping but without any of the set up stresses with these beautiful bell tents - part of the YHA Glamping experience. These spacious tipi-like tents are fully kitted out with a double futon bed and three single futons plus all bedding and can sleep four or five people. They also have eco-friendly solar lighting and comfy bean bags for you to chill out on during the day plus bedside tables, a coffee table, rugs and soft flooring.

There are two tents available at YHA Holmbury St Mary and bell tent guests will have full use of the hostel's facilities. YHA Holmbury St Mary's bell tents are available to book and stay in throughout the year.

The bell tents are not suitable for travel cots. We can provide a moses basket which can be placed on a futon bed when required, however the number of guests must not exceed five per bell tent.


Please note that camping is sold per person and not per pitch and so, during the booking process, you will need to select the number of people that you wish to camp.

YHA Holmbury St Mary hosts an idyllic camping area just yards from the Youth Hostel building in the gorgeous grounds. Large enough to accommodate up to 15 guests and set in over 4000 acres of breath-taking woodland scenery, it's the perfect place to bring family and friends on an amazing walking or mountain biking holiday. London is just 40 minutes' drive away and so there really is no excuse not to come and camp in these picturesque, unspoiled grounds.

Campers have full use of the Youth Hostel including the self-catering kitchens, bathrooms, showers and the lounge where games are available to keep you entertained. With 24 hour access once you've checked in, you're free to make use of the facilities any time you like.

There is an outside basin with hot and cold water if you wish to wash the mud off your boots before coming in.

There is a separate car park 50m away from the main Youth Hostel building and so, with a Friends of the Hurtwood car park further down, there is ample parking available.

Check In
Check in is between 17:00 and 21:30, if you can bear to leave, check out is 10am.

Opening Times
Camping is offered all year round come rain or shine so come and see for yourself the peaceful, rustic and perfect YHA Holmbury.

Important Information
Don't forget your torch for after dark toilet trips - we really are in deepest, darkest Surrey here! Sorry, but BBQs and fires are strictly prohibited on our site.

To book your pitch, click the Book Now button above.

Hire the whole place

This hostel is occasionally made available for hire on an exclusive basis. This means that you can have the place to yourself and choose how many of your friends, family, club mates, etc., join you. We allocate availability for exclusive use in blocks, typically up to 90 days in the future. If you are looking for space to stay with us on a normal shared basis, and can’t see any availability three months or more into the future, then this hostel may be being held for Exclusive Hire. You can check availability for Exclusive Hire on our dedicated website, or use our live chat service for more information.


YHA Holmbury St Mary serves a delicious cooked breakfast and continental buffet from 7.30 - 9.00am. The cooked breakfast is cooked to order so choose your items and your time the night before at reception. Breakfast is now available at 10% off - ONLY WHEN PRE-BOOKED (in-hostel price: £5.25). Simply add it to your basket at check out to save!


We can provide a packed lunch including a freshly prepared sandwich, a delicious cake, cereal bar, a bottle of mineral water, a packet of crisps and a piece of fresh fruit. Eat in the hostel or take your packed lunch with you to enjoy during your day of exploring. Please book your packed lunch in advance.

Supper Club

This hostel offers the YHA Supper Club menu. This is a set menu meal served at 7pm and sold at a set price - last orders for Supper Club are 6pm on the night, so remember to ask! Guests in the Youth Hostel will have the opportunity to all sit around the table together and share stories with their fellow travellers - this is the authentic hostelling experience!

Kids Eat Free

One free children's meal is available per adult main meal from the main menu when purchased at the same time. This offer is not available on breakfast.


There is also a fully licenced bar which includes a selection of beers, wines, alcoholic drinks and soft drinks. Because of this, guests are not permitted to bring their own - you're well catered for here! A selection of hot and cold drinks is also available.

Self-Catering Facilities

Our self-catering kitchen is well equipped with two ovens, two grills, eight hobs, two toasters, two kettles, a standing fridge, an under counter freezer, two microwaves and plates, cups, glasses and cutlery for up to 46 guests.

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This entry was added on Tuesday, 28 June 2016 07:30

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