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YHA South Downs - Hostel

4-star hostel in Lewes with restaurant and bar/lounge

  • Free WiFi in the lobby and free parking

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8.4.Very good.
  • The hostel was easy to find and very close to rail station so you could explore the area.…

    Oct 15, 2020

  • It was a Youth Hostel but you don't need to be a member. I did stay in a dorm but there…

    Mar 8, 2020

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Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wear personal protective equipment
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitiser
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • 17 smoke-free guestrooms
  • Housekeeping once per stay
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Breakfast available
  • Garden
  • Self-serve laundry

Feel at home

  • Free cots/infant beds
  • Garden
  • Laundry facilities
  • Lift
  • Limited housekeeping
  • Housekeeping - once per stay

What’s around

  • In a national park
  • Monk's House - 29-minute walk
  • Seven Sisters Country Park - 7.7 mi / 12.4 km
  • Drusillas Park - 7.8 mi / 12.6 km
  • Newhaven Fort - 4.2 mi / 6.8 km
  • Seaford Beach - 4.5 mi / 7.2 km

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Enter dates for 2 guests

  • Shared Dormitory, Women only, Shared Bathroom (Sleeps 6)
  • Shared Dormitory, Men only, Shared Bathroom (Sleeps 6)
  • Room (2 Bed Private)
  • Double Room
  • Room, Ensuite (3 Bed Private including Double Bed)
  • Room (4 Bed Private)
  • Room, Ensuite (4 Bed Private)
  • Room (6 Bed Private)
  • Room, Ensuite (6 Bed Private)


  • In a national park
  • Monk's House - 29-minute walk
  • Seven Sisters Country Park - 7.7 mi / 12.4 km

What’s around


  • In a national park
  • Monk's House - 29-minute walk
  • Seven Sisters Country Park - 7.7 mi / 12.4 km
  • Drusillas Park - 7.8 mi / 12.6 km
  • Newhaven Fort - 4.2 mi / 6.8 km
  • Seaford Beach - 4.5 mi / 7.2 km
  • Lewes Golf Club - 4.6 mi / 7.4 km
  • Glyndebourne Opera House - 4.7 mi / 7.5 km
  • Lewes Castle - 4.9 mi / 7.9 km
  • Southover Grange Gardens - 5.2 mi / 8.4 km
  • Anne of Cleves' House - 5.3 mi / 8.6 km

Getting around

  • Gatwick Airport (LGW) 46-min drive
  • Lewes Southease Station 3-min walk
  • Lewes Glynde Station 4-min drive
  • Newhaven Town Station 5-min drive

At a glance


  • 17 rooms


  • Check-in time 5 PM-10 PM
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open during the following times:
  • Sunday-Thursday: 7:30 AM-10 AM
  • Sunday-Thursday: 3 PM-10 PM
This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation. Reception hours are 7:30-10 AM and 3-10:30 PM on Friday-Saturday.
All common areas at this property are closed until further notice.
All adult guests are required to present a valid government-issued photo ID card at check-in.
The name and address on the booking must match the photo ID presented by the guest at check-in. This property does not accept name changes for existing bookings.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)


  • Free WiFi in public areas


  • Free on-site self-parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
*See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the hostel

Food and drink

  • Full breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee shop/café

Working away

  • One meeting room


  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage


  • Lift
  • Garden
  • Picnic area


  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Wheelchair-accessible path to lift
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible on-site restaurant
  • Wheelchair-accessible lounge
  • Low-height counters/sink
  • Grab bar - near toilet

Languages Spoken

  • English

In the room


  • Housekeeping - once per stay

Special features


On-site venue – This restaurant only serves dinner.

On-site venue No. 2 – This café serves breakfast and lunch.

Small print

Also known as

  • YHA South Downs Hostel Lewes
  • YHA South Downs Hostel
  • YHA South Downs Lewes
  • YHA South Downs
  • YHA South Downs - Hostel Lewes
  • YHA South Downs - Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
  • YHA South Downs - Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Lewes

Optional extras

Full breakfast is offered for an extra charge of GBP 6.75 for adults and GBP 3.50 for children (approximately)


Please note that this property does not charge an additional temporary membership fee. Discounts are not available for members of YHA (England and Wales) or IYHF as part of this booking.
Towels are available for a surcharge.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property.

Staff at the property wear personal protective equipment and guests are provided with hand sanitiser.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

Special cancellation policies or charges may apply for group reservations (more than 8 rooms for the same property/stay dates).

This property accepts credit cards and debit cards. Cash is not accepted. 

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.


  • Yes, YHA South Downs - Hostel does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser and personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Yes, there's free self parking.
  • Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
  • You can check in from 5 PM - 10 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM.
  • Yes, there's an on-site restaurant. Nearby restaurants include Flying Fish (3.1 mi), Padella D'oro (3.4 mi) and The Viceroy (3.4 mi).
  • No, this hostel doesn't have a casino, but Rendezvous Casino (18-min drive) is nearby.
  • YHA South Downs - Hostel has a picnic area and a garden.
8.4.Very good.
  • 8.0.Very good

    Our group stayed at YHA Southdowns prior to our ferry for France the next morning. Was surprised at how nice it was and felt is was great value. Excellent full English breaky!

    1 night trip with friends, Oct 26, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Old farm buildings close to the seaport of Newhaven.

    1 night family trip, Jul 31, 2019

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Right on South Downs Way

    First youth hostel stay in many years and what a lovely surprise. I was walking the south downs way so this was the obvious choice. (To show my age) They provide the sheets and you no longer have to do a job that always held you up in the morning. The cafe served meals and alcohol up until 8 which I arrived too late for. The breakfast, which I ate at 7.30, was as good as the others I had in the pubs and b&b I stayed in on the walk. The room was clean and comfortable. But it is still a youth hostel, I shared a bathroom with a couple of other rooms, which was only a minor inconvenience and there's an 11pm noise curfew. It backs directly onto an A road but there was little traffic noise between 11 and 6 on the Friday that I stayed.

    Paul, 1 night trip, Jul 12, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Very comfortable

    judith, 1 night family trip, Apr 13, 2019

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Comfortable mattress at this yha . Also good to find paper towels in bathroom .

    David, 1 night business trip, Jun 18, 2018

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    picturesque views and friendly staff

    Lovely place to walk and enjoy the countryside. My daughter and I stayed in a lovely cosy attic room. The staff is very friendly and warm. We enjoyed the experience a lot.

    Iwona, 1 night family trip, May 16, 2018

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  • 8.0.Very good

    The accommodation is what you would expect from a hostel. The room was very basic but clean and beds were made. Staff were pleasant and made you fell welcome. the location was ideal for us. We ate in the small cafe in the evening and the meal was well priced and satisfying...home cooked.

    1 night trip, May 15, 2018

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Arrived by rail at Southease Station well after sunset. Fortunately I did have a flashlight with me. You need one! Although the walk from the station to the hostel is a short one (5 - 7 minutes) there's no lighting along the dirt road. The hostel itself was a welcomed quiet retreat. I was there to attend a 2 day first aid course and unfortunately didn't have an opportunity to explore the South Downs. The hostel staff and facilities surpassed my expectations.The staff was very friendly and the catering facilities were better than expected. The cooked breakfasts were excellent and good value. The private room that I was in was clean and comfortable. Wi-fi was not available in the rooms but was available in public areas. Altogether a good experience and good value for money.

    Frank, 3 night trip, Nov 23, 2018

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    We had a great stay except the WiFi was pretty bad.

    2 night family trip, Jun 2, 2018

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  • 2.0.Poor


    Aucune réception a notre arrivée on a dormi dehors

    sebastien, 1 night business trip, May 25, 2018

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