YMCA Winchester House School Trips
For school groups, YMCA Winchester House is the perfect base from which to explore the Isle of Wight.
We have provided a safe and welcoming environment for thousands of children and young people since 2004, which has made us a firm favourite with schools year after year. In 2015, over 95% of our residential customers rated their overall stay with us as either 'Good' or 'Excellent'.
With sweeping cliff top views, sandy beaches on our doorstep, a dedicated staff team and easy access to the island's favourite sites of educational interest, Winchester House offers schools the perfect combination of convenience and comfort.
YMCA Winchester House is open all year round, and we can cater for you on a full board, half board or bed and breakfast basis - let us help you tailor a package to suit your school's needs.
Our on-site catering team are committed to providing healthy and nutritious meals, for all dietary needs.
Sleeps 12 to 119
Main house, in 3 wings, sleeps 119, (full board, half board options available)
Why are YMCA great for School Trips and Educational Visits?
A short ferry ride from Lymington, Portsmouth, Southsea or Southampton will bring you to this magical island, rich in history and geology, and famous for its music and art.
The list of popular educational sites and activities on the Isle of Wight is almost endless, and includes Carisbrooke Castle, Osborne House, Dinosaur Isle, Alum Bay, Blackgang Chine, Fort Victoria plus many more.
Our location on the South East of the island means that ferry ports and sites of interest are never more than a short drive away. YMCA Winchester House is also located on a main bus route and close to both Shanklin and Lake train stations.
We are open all year round, so schools can take their trips outside of the peak summer season and take advantage of fewer queues and lower prices, but still enjoy the island's lovely mild climate which is warmer than the UK average. Ask us for details of our mid and low season rates.
What size groups do you cater for?
We welcome groups of between 10 and 113, and provide a combination of bunk-bedded, twin and single rooms (some en-suite). Contact us for details of our free leaders places. Rooms are split between three wings, which can be separated with security coded doors. Free onsite parking is available for cars, mini-buses or coaches.
Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?
Some of our wings have comfortable lounges, plus other lesson rooms available for hire.
Is there first aid on site?
We have fully trained first aiders on site, but we require all groups who stay at YMCA Winchester House to have at least one Leader who is first aid trained, who will be responsible for their group.
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
Please contact us to discuss your individual needs.
Contact us to arrange a pre-visit. Visit our website for further images and details about our stunning property.
Need more inspiration?
We are bursting with ideas on places that deliver first class teaching both outside the classroom and as in-school workshops. Here are a few similar suggestions, or head to our tailor-made trip form and let us know how we can help you!