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This is a great location for mountain biking, horse riding and a host of other outdoor activity breaks - making it perfect for school trips. For a weekend away in lovely Exmoor National Park accommodation, try this large Victorian house by the River Exe. There are open hills and wooded valleys to explore if you're on a walking holiday and the Somerset and North Devon coasts are nearby.

The Hostel

YHA Exford offers a selection of private rooms and dorm rooms, some of which are en-suite. This large Victorian house has a restaurant, classroom facilities and social areas. There are also facilities for camping, with space for 49 people in the hostel and 20 camping spaces.

The cosy lounge is full of large comfortable sofas which are perfect for relaxing on. There is also a large TV, tourist information and board games for guests. There is a large dining area with tables and chairs.

The hostel garden is bordered on three sides by the river Exe. This is a beautiful feature, but it is unfenced, so please take care and do not leave children unattended in the garden.


A tranquil wooded garden surrounded on three sides by the river Exe, this site is in the centre of the village of Exford, near to two pubs, a tea room, the village shop and a post office. Exford village is in the heart of Exmoor National Park which is not only an unspoilt and traditional piece of English countryside but is also one of England's Dark Skies Reserves. Staying at YHA Exford means all the fun of camping under the stars combined with all the comfort of Youth Hostel facilities inclduing hot showers, a cosy lounge and a convenient self-catering kitchen as well as tasty meals served by our friendly team.

Capacity is for up to 20 campers.
Shower, WC and self-catering kitchen facilities are inside the Youth Hostel with access provided via the front door code given on arrival. This code provides 24 access.
There are no BBQ facilities, but you are welcome to bring your own.

The car park is located in front of YHA Exford and is just a short walk to the camping pitches.

Check in
The reception is open for check in from 2pm - 8pm and check out is from 7.30 to 10am.

Important Information
Families should be aware that there is a river running around the grounds and should not leave small children unattended.
Campfires are strictly prohibited.

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

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 either two or three single futons plus all bedding and can sleep four 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 bell tents available at YHA Exford and bell tent guests will have full use of the hostel's facilities. YHA Exford’s bell tents are available to book for stays between June and October.

YHA Exford offers delicious meals in our licensed restaurant including home-cooked evening meals.

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