Walking with Sightseeing at Whitby

North York Moors

Code: WYWOD

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Hills & moorland
  • History

Level

  • Easy
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £309.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Discover the beautiful scenery and fascinating heritage of this varied national park. We'll take cliff--top walks, a trip on the North York Moors Railway, visit the home of Captain Cook, beautiful Rievaulx Abbey and the charming market towns of Pickering and Helmsely. Enjoy the perfect mix of guided walks with sightseeing visits, and truly discover the area.

Holiday highlights

  • Enjoy stunning cliff top walks following sections of the Cleveland Way
  • Visit Rievaulx Abbey and the charming market town of Helmsley
  • Take a trip on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, visiting Goathland and Grosmont
  • Explore the smugglers’ village of Robin Hood’s Bay
  • Explore the coast, Whitby, and the history of Captain Cook

Great reasons to join us

  • Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, the services of an experienced HF Holidays’ guide, all transport to and from the walks and sightseeing, and light-hearted evening activities
  • Walks & Visits: enjoythe perfect mix of guided walks and sightseeing visits with a knowledgeable leader
  • Accommodation: 4-star Larpool Hall stands in charming grounds with delightful views over the Esk Valley
  • Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays - walk together, eat together and relax together

Accommodation

The splendid Georgian mansion, Larpool Hall, commands a wonderful position above the harbour town of Whitby. With excellent accommodation and spacious public rooms it is a most attractive base for our 4-star Visit Britain Guest Accommodationwalking and leisure activity holidays.  

We also have a lodge in the grounds of Larpool Hall, ideal for families or groups of friends.

Bedrooms

Larpool Hall has 28 newly refurbished bedrooms in the main building. Rooms at the front of the house enjoy wonderful views across the Esk Valley.

Our classic bedrooms offer comfortable accommodation and an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower. They also have TV, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are available for an extra £8 per night.

You can enjoy extra space or exceptional views plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade to a premium bedroom. Premium rooms are available at just £5 extra per person per night.    

If you are travelling with your family, we have a selection of 3 and 4-bedded family bedrooms. These have all the facilities of our classic rooms plus full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk beds or occasional beds for children.

A limited number of value twin rooms are available at a discount of £8 per person per night and value single rooms with a £5 per night discount. Our value rooms have the same facilities as our classic rooms, but bathroom facilities are nearby rather than en-suite.

The lodge at Whitby

The Whitby lodge is a comfortable, self-contained lodge in the grounds of Larpool Hall, available to book for holidays.  

The lodge has two twin bedrooms, one double bedroom, two bathrooms and a lounge with double sofa bed. It will sleep up to eight people, making it ideal for families, groups of friends or even couples who would like the luxury of some extra space.

You can book the whole lodge for any holiday at Whitby – Walking, Leisure Activities, and Country House Escapes. All holidays are Full Board, with breakfast and dinner served in Larpool Hall (only 30 metres away), and our famous self-select picnic lunch. When you book the lodge for 3 or more persons you can receive a discount of 15% off the price of your booking.

For more information, contact our friendly Reservations team on 0345 470 7558.
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Facilities

All our Country Houses are tailored to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms.

Larpool Hall has a large lounge with a central dance floor. This connects with the spacious bar and the outdoor terrace to provide a very comfortable and flexible space. There are also two smaller lounges and an attractive dining room. A range of board games and books is available. Free WiFi is available in the public rooms.

There are extensive views from the front of the house across the Esk Valley. The gardens include a putting green and croquet lawn.

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Food

All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast. Choose from a wide selection on the cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. Maybe enjoy a lighter option of fruit and yoghurt followed by scrambled egg, go for porridge followed by a full English breakfast, or select something in between.

Choose from our famous self-select picnic lunches - everything you need to keep you going on a day outdoors. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish.     

The relaxed dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring good British cooking and often local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.

All our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

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Evening

Guided Walking: enjoy a glass of wine or local beer in the bar before a talk about the next day's walks. After dinner there will be an activity or entertainment which you will be welcome to join. These vary from week to week but could include a talk about Whitby's colourful history from a visiting speaker or a team quiz. In summer our guests love our open-top bus ride around the town (most Tuesday nights in the summer). Alternatively if you prefer, feel free to just relax in our lounge or bar.

Leisure Activities: many of our Leisure Activities holidays continue into the evening with programmed sessions. Other holidays will have the evenings free, and you will be welcome to join in other social activities that may be happening in the house.

Family holidays: our activity leaders are on hand to organise children’s activities and games for younger children before dinner. These could include rounders, outdoor games, or crafts. After dinner there are further activities for the whole family.

Self-Guided Walking: there may be evening social activities happening in the house during your holiday, and you will be most welcome to join in. However, not all self-guided holidays will have evening activities available – if these are important to you, please check before booking.

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Accessibility

Larpool Hall is accessible to wheelchair users 

Arrival & car parking facilities

  • There is a large car parking area at the front of the house for 30-40 cars
  • There are 9 stone steps up to the front door, each of the steps is 2.4m wide and 5.5 inches high. Front steps have a handrail
  • The outside area is made of large gravel with good lighting
  • Disabled car parking for 2 cars in the back courtyard with a level access to the house via the back door. No steps 

Main entrance & reception

  • General office is situated off the entrance hall
  • The entrance hall with tiled floor measures 10m x 6m 

Public areas - hall, stairs, landing, corridors etc

  • The house has 3 floors. The ground floor consists of the entrance hall, 2 lounges, the dining room, a games room, a ladies rest room, the main function room and 2 guest bedrooms
  • The bar area and the gents rest room are 6 steps down from the ground floor level. There is a handrail in the centre of the steps
  • All carpeted, except the bar area, which have non-slip flooring
  • All corridors on the ground floor are 5 feet in width, with no ramps or grab rails 

Public areas - lounge & bar

  • The lounge has comfortable chairs, tables and a fire place.
  • The minimum main door width is 36 inches. The minimum back door width is 29 inches
  • The lounge measures 5.8m by 5m 

Public WCs

  • Both the ladies and gents are situated on the ground floor. Gents accessed via 6 steps
  • The door width to the ladies is 29 inches and the cubicle door width is 26 inches. Toilet seat height is 17 inches
  • Main door to the gents is 32 inches wide and the cubicle door is 29 inches wide. The toilet seat height is 17 inches and the urinal height is 24 inches 

Dining room

  • The carpeted dining room is on the ground floor with level access
  • The door width is 35 inches
  • It has 5 round tables (28 inches high), each seating up to 9 guests. The chairs (18 inches high) have soft fabric seats and wooden back rests
  • All furniture is easily movable
  • The breakfast / picnic room is off the dining room, accessed via 2 steps with a handrail to the right. Both steps are 7 inches deep
  • Continental breakfast buffet with waitress service for cooked foods and hot drinks. Waitress service at dinner 

Outdoor facilities

  • There are 14 acres of grounds and gardens. Excellent outdoor lighting
  • Patio area with garden furniture and umbrellas. Level access to the patio 

Bedrooms 

  • There are another 4 bedrooms that are suitable for those with mobility issues
  • All rooms are en-suite, most with shower 

Additional information

  • Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
  • Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
  • Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
  • Information can be provided in large print
  • Staff have received disability awareness training
  • Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
  • Hired equipment can be arranged for your stay with prior notice
  • Fridge for medication can be supplied

Itinerary

The running order of this itinerary may vary - please scroll to the bottom of the page for details. Each 7 night holiday includes a free day for you to explore independently.

Rievaulx Abbey to Helmsley

We begin our day with a visit to the impressive ruins of Rievaulx Abbey - once one of the wealthiest Abbeys in England. Its peace and tranquillity stays with us for a beautiful walk following the Cleveland Way to the pretty market town of Helmsley. We've left plenty of time to explore here. Join us on a town trail or discover Helmsley's history independently with visits to its castle, walled garden, Duncombe Park or maybe the Bird of Prey Centre. 4 miles (6km) with 300 feet (100m) of ascent.

Saltburn, Skinningrove and Staithes

After an exploration of the Victorian seaside resort of Saltburn, we make our way following a stunning coastal section of the Cleveland Way, along the clifftops to Skinningrove. Here there's the chance to visit the Ironstone Mining Museum and discover more about the many ironstone industry relics that we've seen along the way. A short transfer then takes us to the pretty harbour of Staithes, inspiration and home to many local artists. Time to explore before we travel back to Larpool Hall. 5.5 miles (8.5km) with 750 feet (240m) of ascent.

Captain Cook's Great Ayton and views of Yorkshire's mini-Matterhorn  

A short visit to Guisborough Forest Visitor Centre to learn more about the area, before we begin our walk through Hutton Lowcross Woods, over Roseberry Topping, and down to Captain Cook's home of Great Ayton. If you've extra energy, there's the option to stride out further and take in the top of Roseberry Topping - Yorkshire's mini-Matterhorn! There's time this afternoon to explore Great Ayton and learn more about its famous son - Captain Cook. 5 miles (8km) with 850 feet (260m) of ascent. 

Ravenscar, Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby

From the dramatically located clifftop village of Ravenscar, we follow the coastline and the Cleveland Way national trail, past historical alum works, and to the ancient smugglers haunt of Boggle Hole - the perfect place for some fossil hunting. Afterwards we continue to another well known ancient smugglers' haunt - the characterful seaside village of Robin Hoods Bay. 4 miles (6km) with 450 feet (140m) of ascent. A short journey then takes us back to Whitby, with the afternoon to discover its charms including the famous 199 steps into Whitby old town, the whalebone arch, the many shops and tea shops of the town, or maybe take a boat trip out from the harbour. A short walk then takes us back to Larpool Hall. 1.5 miles (2.5km) with 250 feet (80m) of ascent.

The North York Moors Railway - Goathland to Grosmont and Pickering

We start in the village of Grosmont and follow a similar route to the steam railway, passing the village of Beckhole and on to Goathland, an ancient settlement on the North York Moors, famous for the steam railway and the TV series Heartbeat. The train then takes us from Goathland and on to Pickering, with plenty of time there to explore. 4 miles (6.5km) with 550 feet (160m) of ascent.

 

On Friday arrivals the holiday will run:

Friday - arrival day

Saturday - Saltburn, Skinningrove and Staithes

Sunday - Rievaulx to Helmsely

Monday - Free day

Tuesday - Captain Cook's Great Ayton and views of Yorkshire's mini-Matterhorn  

Wednesday - Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby

Thursday - The North York Moors Railway - Goathland to Grosmont and Pickering

 

On Saturday departures the holiday will run:

Saturday - arrival day

Sunday - Rievaulx to Helmsely

Monday - Saltburn, Skinningrove and Staithes

Tuesday - Captain Cook's Great Ayton and views of Yorkshire's mini-Matterhorn  

Wednesday - Free day

Thursday - Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby

Friday -  The North York Moors Railway - Goathland to Grosmont and Pickering

 
Walks are on mostly good footpaths, tracks & lanes; there are occasional short ascents and descents on steps or paved ground
  • Each holiday visits a selection of museums, historic buildings and attractions, whose entrance is optional.
  • Please allow between £20 and £40 for admissions, less if you bring your English Heritage card
  • We offer a social activity most evenings
  • The seven night holiday has a free day during the week for you to explore independently

Local area

During your stay at Larpool Hall you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest, either in your free time, or on your journey to and from Whitby:     

Whitby is a bustling harbour town and a popular tourist destination. From Larpool Hall it is a 1½ miles downhill walk, or a short drive to the town centre. The town has a full range of facilities including shops, banks, pubs and cafés. If you don’t mind the queue, the Magpie café on the waterfront is said to serve England’s best fish and chips!

Whitby Abbey               
The iconic ruined abbey commands a wonderful position above the harbour and can be reached by climbing the famous 199 steps. About 10 minutes' drive or a 1½ mile walk. www.english-heritage.org.uk//whitby-abbey

Scarborough & Stephen Joseph Theatre
Scarborough is a quintessential Victorian seaside resort with plenty of attractions for both young and old. The Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough is home to Alan Ayckbourn, the renowned playwright. It has two theatres - the round and the McCarthy which doubles as a cinema, plus a restaurant and shop. www.sjt.uk.com

North Yorkshire Moors Railway               
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway operates steam trains over its 18 mile line between Grosmont and Pickering and in the summer some trains continue over the British Rail branch line to Whitby. This is a highly scenic route: one reason why the line has become Britain’s most visited steam railway. The well-kept and historic stations are worth seeing for their own sake and you may well recognise Goathland which has doubled as ‘Adensfield’ on the Heartbeat TV series, and as ‘Hogsmeade’ in the Harry Potter films. Either join the train at Whitby, or at Grosmont, about 20 minutes' drive away. www.nymr.co.uk

Staithes            
The pretty fishing village of Staithes is a pleasant spot to visit. Young children may well recognise the village as the setting for Old Jacks Boat on CBeebies. Around 25 minutes' drive from Whitby.

Rydale Folk Museum
This museum is located at Hutton-Le-Hole, about 50 minutes' drive from Whitby. This pretty village west of Pickering that has a feel of a Cotswold village, being built of mellow stone and with a stream though the middle. The museum houses exhaustive displays of rural life and crafts in buildings spread over several acres. www.ryedalefolkmuseum.co.uk

Castle Howard
Located near Malton about an hour's drive from Whitby, Castle Howard is one of Britain’s grandest stately homes. It is well known as the location for the TV series Brideshead Revisited. Today the house is still owned by the Howard family and the building hosts many exhibitions & events throughout the year. Also of interest are the extensive gardens that contain a formal rose garden and elegant ponds and fountains. www.castlehoward.co.uk

York
One of Britain’s most attractive historic cities, York is about a 1 hour 20 minutes drive from Larpool Hall. Attractions include the city walls, Minster, National Railway Museum, and Yorvik Viking Centre. www.yorkminster.org  www.nrm.org.uk or www.jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk

Whitby to Scarborough Cycle Trail
This superb trail uses the route of disused railway line and offers miles of traffic-free cycling, often with outstanding sea views. The trail passes right next to Larpool Hall and heads south  to Robin Hoods Bay, Ravenscar, or if you are feeling keen to Scarborough. Bikes can be hired at nearby Hawsker. www.trailways.info

Travel

Larpool Hall, Larpool Drive, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4ND.

By train: The nearest railway station to Larpool Hall is Whitby. However, you may find that the journey to Scarborough station is more convenient.  For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

By taxi: The 2 mile journey from Whitby station takes approximately 10 minutes, with a cost of around £6 per taxi. The 21 mile journey from Scarborough rail station takes approximately 40 minutes, with a cost of around £30. Every year we negotiate a pre-booked rate for these journeys. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. We recommend pre-booking your taxi and the taxi company will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Larpool Hall Manager.

By car: Most guests approach Whitby via the A171 from Teeside or the A169 from Pickering and Malton; these roads converge at a roundabout about 2 miles from Whitby. After this roundabout and as you approach Whitby, cross another roundabout then turn right at the traffic lights signposted to Scarborough. Cross the large bridge over the River Esk, then immediately turn right into Larpool Lane. After 500 metres turn left into the narrowing road of Larpool Drive. Larpool Hall is directly ahead at the end of this road. A large car park is available in the grounds with free parking. 

To help you plan your journey, use www.traveline.info

Reviews

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1 Sep 2016, 10:55 a.m.

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Pre-trip communication very good and colourful, enticing brochure. Very friendly, helpful staff at Larpool Hall.

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I enjoyed the few days in Whitby very much. Our tour guide Christine was excellent; very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Our group was mainly more elderly and all female. I am not sure how representative of HF Holidays this is. Enjoyed quiz in evening and walk into Whitby for end of Folk Festival. I like the option of being able to take part or not in eve activites. Food was excellent and really good choice for packed lunch, including lots of healthy options. All staff, esp Sally very friendly and helpful. Room was comfortable.

I would have liked a specific itinerary for the trip I was on. The small brochure with an outline of what the whole week was covering was quite useful but not specific. I joined mid-week and thought i was going to be doing all the activities. An email of the activities from arrival would be very usful ie
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2.30pm Check in Free time to relax at Larpool or explore area
4pm Afternoon Tea
5pm walk round the grounds
7pm briefing with others on Tour
7.15pm dinner - free seating at circular tables.
Thurs - Walk from Runscar Bay to Staithes. Whitby optional in afternon
7.30am onwards - breakfast and collect packed lunch
9.30am coach leaves for Runscar Bay
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Walks were well-paced, informative and exactly what i was looking for. I met some lovely people, many of whom return time and again on HF Holidays.
It has a lot of potential for a slightly younger clientele.
29 Aug 2016, 11:46 a.m.

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Very efficient service.

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Excellent holiday with plenty of variety and lots to do.
21 Sep 2015, 10:23 a.m.

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This is the first time we used your company and found booking and information good.

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We enjoyed Whitby and the moors. Pity you can't control the weather.
17 Sep 2015, 9:31 a.m.

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Staff/accommodation/food/setting all excellent - could have done with a bit less rain but won't leave that at your door!

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Nice relaxed walk on the moors on the Sunday - Whitby the previus day was also good andt would have been better without the rainman! V good guide.
22 Aug 2015, 9:41 a.m.

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Good food and good company

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Easy walking and destinations we may not have otherwise seen
21 Aug 2015, 2:33 p.m.

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Perhaps a little on the expensive side. A good overseas holiday can cost a lot less. A cruise even more so.

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This was our first Discovery Walk experience, having been self-guided or guided walking before on several occasions. Only stayed for 3 nights therefore not really representative of the full Discovery Walk week. Not sure I would do it again.
19 Aug 2015, 2:02 p.m.

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Well organised, friendly staff and always interesting. Very comfortable for a single traveller.
19 Aug 2015, 8:05 a.m.

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I always enjoy the company and activities

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Pleasant house, quiet and secluded with views. Staff efficient without being over-attentive.A rather noisy room over the kitchens prevents an excellent rating. Activities well designed but details for the leader needed up-dating.
16 Jul 2015, 7:37 a.m.

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Always have a good holiday with HF--so well organized with excellent leaders.
Local wine should be on the wine list for ALL UK HF Holidays. There are at least three vineyards in Yorkshire last week at Lapool Hall it would have been nice to have had some Yorkshire wine--or at least SOME English wine--there was NONE at ALL!!!!!
Last year in Northumberland there was a Kent wine on the list (I enjoyed a bottle). This wasn't local to Northumberland but at least it was a wine of England---this year in Yorkshire there was NONE! Disgraceful! There are 450 commercial vineyards in England & Wales HF should be supporting our industry! I didn't buy any wine whilst at Lapool Hall as it was all foreign stuff.
The evening entertainment on HF Holidays is an excellent feature--long may it continue. This includes people being asked if they would like to "Do a turn." If people don't want to do it they can say "No" but there is no harm in asking--I would probably say No but I am happy to be asked.
I was disappointed that there was no evening entertainment on the Orkney & Shetland trip last year---I trust there will be on the Isles of Scilly next month.

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Very enjoyable holiday in Yorkshire--my 5th with HF.
English wine including a Yorkshire wine should have been on the wine list! It is disgraceful that there was none--so I didn't buy any wine.
www.ryedalevineyards.co.uk
Vegetarian food was nice but could have been a bit better---the lasange was all vegetables with some goats cheese on top--why were there no lentils, beans or Quorn? Some Veggie gravy should have been served with the nut roast. Quorn should have been on offer for sandwitches.
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8 Oct 2014, 9:32 a.m.

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The holiday was ideal for my walking needs and the leader was friendly, helpful and gave lots of information about Whitby.

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5 May 2017 WYWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Whitby 3 £359.00 £309.00 Offer - £50 off pp Book Now
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6 Sep 2017 WYWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Whitby 3 £359.00 £309.00 Offer - £50 off pp Book Now

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Information

  • Standard single room: (2016) £8 per night; (2017) no supplement
  • Premium single room: £15 per night (2017 only)
  • Premium twin/double room: (2016) £5 per person per night; (2017) £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person