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Saturday: 9am - 5pm
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YHA St Briavels Castle


St Briavels, Lydney, Gloucestershire, GL15 6RG

T: 0845 371 9042

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Board GamesClassroom/Educational meeting roomConference facilitiesCot available

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This hostel provides the following facilities:

Board Games

Classroom/Educational meeting room

Conference facilities

Cot available

Credit cards accepted

Cycle Store


Drying room

Family breaks


Group catering available

Library / Quiet room


Meals available


Picnic lunch available

Private rooms available

Restaurant/dining room

School Trips

Self-catering kitchen

Special Breaks

Suitable for families

Table Licence

Trade Bookings

Under 3s welcome


71 Beds

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About YHA St Briavels Castle

Here’s your chance to go back over 800 years and stay in this remarkable moated Norman castle. Built as a hunting lodge for King John in 1205, today it welcomes visitors keen to explore the Royal Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley on a cheap family break or school trip. Accommodation in a castle - kids love it, so it's ideal for family weekends and educational trips. Eat your evening meals in the licensed restaurant, or attend one of the regular medieval banquets.

Summer Camps 2014 is now available to book at YHA St. Briavels Castle! Find out more here.

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Need to know

Access to the hostel is limited during the day. The castle has two huge traditional gates that are locked at 11.30pm.

Towels are not supplied. They are available to hire from reception for £2 (+ £5 deposit) or please bring your own. Bedding is supplied.

Reception Times:
08.00 - 10.00
17.00 - 23.00

Hostel Closing Times:

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Manager recommends

  • Join a castle tour! St Briavels Castle is over 800 years old and packed with interesting history and a few dark secrets! Join us on our fascinating 45 minute guided tour, useful for school trips but equally entertaining if you're on a family holiday.

Volunteering opportunities

There are currently no volunteering opportunities at YHA St Briavels Castle. Please visit YHA Volunteering to see what opportunities are available.

YHA School Trips

YHA St Briavels Castle provides great opportunities for English and History students with various educational packages available. The hostel has beds for up to 100 people, classroom facilities and home cooked meals provided.

Visit the YHA School Trips website for more information.

Under 5? Please stay in a Private Room.
Under 15? Please be accompanied with an Adult staying in the same room.
Aged 16 or 17? Please bring a friend or Adult if staying in Shared Accommodation.

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