Trips are arranged under four exciting, curriculum-linked themes

Imagination and Curiosity – English and the Arts - Exploring the power of imagination and how it can be harnessed to change the world

People and the Planet – Science and Geography - Empowering young people to play an active role in creating a sustainable future

Breakthroughs and Discoveries – STEM and History - Investigating the moments of genius that have enabled humanity to progress

Journeys and Adventures – PSHE & Skills Development - Celebrating the broadening of horizons and stepping outside of your comfort zone

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YHA Holmbury St Mary Surrey Hills

Radnor Lane, Dorking, RH5 6NW. England

Set on the edge of 3,000 acres of mixed woodland, YHA Holmbury St Mary Surrey Hills is a rural slice of adventure, yet only a stone’s throw from central London. From some of the amazing viewpoints that surround the hostel, including Leith Hill, you can easily see Canary Wharf and other famous London landmarks.

An interactive guided walk to Holmbury Hill is a must for all groups staying at the hostel. Alternatively shelter building in the woods and fire lighting back at the hostel provides the opportunity for young people to engage with this working woodland.

For older school groups, or primary schools looking to lead their own adventures, the hostel makes a great base. The location offers a many opportunities to really explore a different setting and complete a range of study areas including biology fieldwork and filmmaking.

Don’t forget, if you are looking for help with funding the cost of your trip, you can apply for a bursary!

Venue resources

Risk Assessment PDF 0.12MB Download
Check List PDF 0.13MB Download
Parent Letter Template PDF 0.18MB Download
Amplification Toolkit PDF 0.88MB Download
Journeys & Adventures Content 7-11 ZIP 12.2MB Download
Journeys & Adventures Content 11-14 ZIP 12.2MB Download
School Certificate PDF 0.08MB Download
Student Certificate PDF 0.08MB Download

Looking for a bursary to support your trip?

We know that funding a school trip isn’t always easy. If you are looking for help with costs, you can apply for the Great British School Trip bursary. This can help with the cost of travel or entry tickets to any Great British School Trip partner venue.

Simply fill in our bursary form and let us know how we might help.

Venue Details



Radnor Lane, Dorking
RH5 6NW. England

Opening Hours

Throughout the year