How often do you get to stay in a castle? Well this one’s over 800 years old and is packed to the rafters with fascinating history. Built as a hunting lodge for King John in 1205, it’s the ideal place to base extraordinary activity holidays in the Royal Forest of Dean and Wye Valley.
From the north M6, M5, M50 follow the signs to Monmouth. From there follow A466 to Chepstow. After approximately 5 miles turn left and follow signs to St Briavels. The castle is straight in front of you. From the south M4, M48 to Chepstow. Follow the A466 to Monmouth. Approximately 7 miles after the metal bridge, turn right and follow signs to St Briavels.
St Briavels, Lydney, Gloucestershire, GL15 6RG
Full of character and with plenty of original features, YHA St Briavels Castle really does have the wow factor. Campers will enter the castle through a triple portcullis gatehouse into a secluded gatehouse and walled garden, taking them straight back in time – around 800 years in fact!
All of the bedrooms have original stone walls and features from the medieval period, when the castle was first built, to the Victorian period, when the castle was renovated and used as a family home. There is also a spacious lounge area which is great for indoor and evening activities.
The castle itself dates all the way back to the 12th century and is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty near to the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean. YHA St Briavels Castle is King John’s former hunting lodge and a really important piece of the UK’s history.