School Trips To North Devon

If you are a school, college or university group looking for an ideal location for your North Devon residential then look no further!! Ocean Backpacker’s offers top quality Youth Hostel Accommodation for groups of up to 47 and is situated close to many educational facilities and Areas of Outstanding Natural significance. We are the perfect base for a geography field trip with Braunton Burrows UNESCO Biosphere site just a short drive away. For wildlife studies take a boat trip to Lundy Island, a Marine Conservation Zone where puffins, dolphins and seals are regular visitors! And for local rocky shores visit Lee Bay or take a trip to Abbotsham/Westward Ho to explore the spectacular rugged North Devon coast line!


If it’s Outdoor Adventure you are after then Ilfracombe has fantastic qualified Instructors in the local area that can arrange great team building activities such as coasteering or kayaking straight from the Harbour (soon to get its very own Watersports Centre.) Alternatively, visit the award winning Woolacombe Beach or Croyde Bay and take a few days of Surf lessons with a local Surf School! How better to award pupils for all their hard work than to end the summer term at the seaside!!


School groups and colleges reguarly base their school trip to North Devon at Ocean Backpackers, returning year after year. The Hostel provides a range of budget accommodation from private rooms for staff to dorms sleeping 4-8 (many en-suite.) Our spacious lounge and dining room (with free wi-fi, tv and play station) provides an area for large groups to congregate but the Community Rooms opposite the Backpackers can be hired if more space and classroom style facilties are required.


  • Ocean Backpackers can be hired for exclusive use at any time of the year! Discounted prices for school groups start from £16 p.p.p.n however, discounts may not be applicable at weekends or at certain times of the year. Please note that due to providing exclusivity we have to charge for a minimum of 35 beds per booking.

     Prices are the same for staff and students even though staff benefit from private rooms.

     Links to educational places to visit:


  • Braunton Burrows North Devon Biosphere Reserve - This is an UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) conservation site of world wide importance. Braunton Burrows offers many opportunities for educational groups from key stage 2 to degree level. The Burrows has a designated Educational Officer who can accompany field study groups visiting the Burrows. As well as Natural History visits, there are also fascinating historical guided walks that focus on the Burrows use in World War 2.
  • Exmoor Zoo
  • Exmoor National Park
  • Lundy Island

and on offer within walking distance of Ocean Backpackers:

What The Schools Say!


"For the last five years, Johannes Fontanus College in Barnevard, the Netherlands, has come to Ilfracombe for a sporting school trip. Ilfracombe has it all:a nice Harbour, nice shops and it is beautifully situated along the coastal path. The surfing beach at Woolacombe is nearby and kayaking and coasteering is alos possible in the immediate area. Ocean Backpackersis the ideal Youth Hotel for school groups to stay in North West Devon. It is situated close to the Harbour, between the shops, whilst the coast is in walking distance. There are plenty of sleeping places and plenty of sanitation. We have always prepared our own meals in the spacious kitchen and the common room is very efficient and cosy.

Chris and Abby are the owners. They are very friendly and welcoming and always willing to think along with our plans. On top of it, Ocean Backpackers is also budget friendly! Every year, again our students are very satisfied with the Hostel! " Henk Germans.



To keep costs down, some schools prefer to self-cater (even bringing their own chef) and we have a large fully equipped kitchen to allow for this. Local supermarkets can deliver to the Backpackers prior to your arrival.

 Depending on numbers we have enough table space to sit most groups (about 30.) If you are a larger group, we suggest two sittings or using the patio area or lap approach for some! We can also arrange to hire the community rooms opposite (£25 for 3 hours) if large groups would like to formally dine altogether.

 We are delighted to offer a self-service continental breakfast at Ocean Backpackers to schools from 2019 with a pre-ordered packed lunch and delicious evening meal provided by a local eatery a minutes walk from us. Menu’s can be pre-arranged and meals are served in the restaurant at a time that suits your itenary. Please contact us for more details.

 For older students, it is great to give them the responsibility of cooking for themselves or visiting the local eateries! The Hostel is right in the tourist hot spot of Ilfracombe and so there are plenty of cafes, restaurants and take-aways on the door step.

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