YHA St Briavels Castle

YHA St Briavels Castle

Lydney, Gloucestershire, GL15 6RG
Mid-week stays
20% off

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This hostel is part of our latest hot deals. Offer subject to availability and cannot be used with any other discount. Valid on mid-week stays at selected hostels between 27th June - 21st July 2022. Use the above promotional code at the checkout. Book via yha.org.uk before midnight 7th July 2022. YHA members and save an extra 5% with our members only code. See full terms and conditions.

Exclusive Hire stays
20% off

HOTDEAL-197

This hostel is part of our latest hot deals. Offer subject to availability and cannot be used with any other discount. Valid on Exclusive Hire stays at selected hostels between 22nd July - 4th September 2022. Use the above promotional code at the checkout. Book via yha.org.uk before midnight 7th July 2022. YHA members and save an extra 5% with our members only code. See full terms and conditions.

Bed in a shared room from £18.00 per night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Cot available
  • Heating
  • Lock on doors
  • Smoke alarm

Need to know

Check in:
From 17:00 - 22:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
Towels and toiletries:
Hand soap is provided next to all sinks. Towels are not supplied as standard but can be rented or purchased from reception.
Bedding:
Bedding is supplied in all our shared rooms.
Private room from £49.00 per night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Cot available
  • Heating
  • Lock on doors
  • Smoke alarm

Need to know

Check in:
From 17:00 - 22:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
Towels and toiletries:
Hand soap is provided next to all sinks. Towels are not supplied as standard but can be rented or purchased from reception.
Bedding:
Bedding is supplied in all our private rooms.
Entire place - Whole hostel from £999.00 per night
  • Whole hostel

    7 bathrooms 8 bedrooms sleeps up to 50 guests

    YHA St Briavels Castle is a 800-year-old Grade I listed historic monument. This property has original features including wood panelling, ancient fireplace, original staircase and dog spit wheel. Great for history fanatics.

    From £999.00 per night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Carbon monoxide alarm
  • Cleaning basics
  • Cooking basics
  • Cot available
  • Dishes and cutlery
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Fridge
  • Garden/grounds
  • Heating
  • Highchair
  • Hot water
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Laptop-friendly workspace
  • Lock on doors
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor seating
  • Oven
  • Shower(s)
  • Smoke alarm
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Need to know

Check in:
From 16:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
Heating:
There is central heating throughout the property.
Bedding:
Bedding is supplied in all our rooms.
Checking in:
You will receive an email prior to your arrival with the property address and check-in instructions.
Guest access:
Guests have use of the whole property, except the bar, shop and staff laundry room.
WiFi:
Free WiFi is available in shared social spaces.
Dogs:
Pets are not permitted at YHA St Briavels Castle. Assistance dogs are welcome.

Shared spaces

Kitchen and dining

The kitchen is located on the ground floor and includes a range of conveniences listed below.

Kitchen appliances: freezer, 2 kettles, 2 microwaves, 2 ovens, refrigerator, stove, 2 toasters.

Kitchenware: dishes and cutlery for 50 people, kitchen utensils, pots, pans.

Cleaning basics: anti-bacterial spray, bin bags, cloths, tea towels, washing up liquid.

Located on the ground floor, the Old Stables dining room seats up to 36 people across 6 tables and chairs. There is a door to the courtyard area which includes 6 picnic tables.

There is a second dining room on the first floor, the Banquet Hall, which seats up to 50 people. There are 9 tables, 10 chairs and benches. This room is accessed via a steep staircase.

A highchair is available.

Lounge

The Chapel Lounge is located on the first floor and seats up to 20 people across sofas and chairs. It has original features, including a high-beamed ceiling.

There is a second lounge on the ground floor, the Old Kitchen, which seats up to 8 people. There is a comfy sofa and chairs.

Bathrooms

Across the entire building there is a total of seven bathrooms.

Toilets: 7

Showers: 8

Toilet paper is provided and hand soap is available next to all sinks.

Outdoors

Outside is a medium-sized garden.

The garden is enclosed with walls and has a lockable gate.

Guests have full access to the garden.

Outdoor amenities: cycle store, grass/lawn, picnic tables.

Sleeping arrangements

Across the entire building there is a total of eight bedrooms.

Ground floor

One room that sleeps up to 6 people. It includes 2 sets of bunk beds and 2 single beds.

First floor

One room that sleeps up to 3 people. It includes a high sleeper bunk with a double bed underneath.

One room that sleeps up to 5 people. It includes 1 set of bunk beds and a high sleeper bunk with a double bed underneath.

One room that sleeps up to 6 people. It includes 3 sets of bunk beds.

One room that sleeps up to 8 people. Includes 3 sets of bunks and 2 single beds.

Second floor

One room that sleeps up to 12 people. It includes 3 sets of bunk beds and 6 single beds. This room consists of two rooms, one room includes 4 of the single beds and the other includes 3 sets of bunks and 2 of the single beds.

East tower
Ground floor

One room that sleeps up to 6 people. It includes 2 sets of bunk beds and 2 single beds.

First floor

One room that sleeps up to 8 people. Includes 3 sets of bunks and 2 single beds.

A cot is available.

Overview

YHA St Briavels Castle is a venue with real wow factor that will amaze and inspire visitors of all ages. The castle is over 800 years old, with bags of character and remarkably well-preserved features throughout, and a magical charm that promotes social interaction and historical interest in equal measure.

The castle is a Grade I listed ancient monument, a rich piece of history and an inspiring location. Be transported back in time to Medieval world of King John and the Magna Carta within this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Why guests love YHA St Briavels Castle

  • Stay in an 800 year old castle
  • Well-preserved medieval features
  • Set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Accommodation at YHA St Briavels Castle

Bed in a shared room

If you're happy to share, dorm rooms have multiple beds - ideal for budget breaks.

Private rooms

Like your own space? Private rooms offer the hostelling experience with more privacy.

Hire the whole place

With YHA Exclusive Hire, you can take the entire building for you and your group.

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Food and drink at YHA St Briavels Castle

YHA St Briavels Dining room

Eat with us

YHA St Briavels Castle is serving a range of tasty food options for you to enjoy during your visit. Fuel your adventures with a YHA classic breakfast or a lighter continental breakfast option and a delicious evening menu

YHA Breakfast

Breakfast menu at YHA St Briavels Castle

Start your day off right with our delicious classic YHA breakfast including a hearty cooked breakfast and continental options. For a lighter start, you can buy the continental breakfast separately. Under 10s eat free with our special offer – see menu for details. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

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YHA Evening menu

Evening menu at YHA St Briavels Castle

Take your pick from today’s selection of hearty classics and delicious desserts. Under 10s eat free with our special offer – see menu for details. Vegan and vegetarian options available.

Hostel facilities

  • Baby changing
  • Breakfast
  • Classroom(s)
  • Coach parking on premises
  • Contactless payments
  • Cycle store
  • Dining room
  • Evening meals
  • Free on-street parking
  • Free parking on premises
  • Games
  • Garden/grounds
  • Group meals
  • Highchair
  • Library
  • Licensed bar
  • Medium garden/grounds
  • Meeting rooms
  • Minibus parking on premises
  • No mobile coverage
  • Outdoor seating
  • Packed lunch
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Shared drying room
  • Shared lounge
  • Sole use
  • WiFi

Hostel need to know

Reception opening hours: From 07:30 - 10:00 and 17:00 - 22:00.

Food and drink: Breakfast is served to guests daily from 07:30 – 09:00. Meals are also available from 17:00 – 20:00.

Self-catering: Guests have access to a self-catering kitchen.

Parking: There is parking at the hostel.

WiFi: Free WiFi is available in shared social spaces.

Dogs: Pets are not permitted at YHA St Briavels Castle. Assistance dogs are welcome.

YHA St Briavels Castle - Access Statement

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YHA St Briavels Castle

Map references

OS Map: 162

OS Grid Ref: SO558045

Lat/Lng: 51.738112, -2.640796

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9042

Email: [email protected]

YHA School Trips

YHA St Briavels Castle is a great base for school/college/university groups. The hostel has beds for up to 66, classroom facilities, full meal service, and bolt on activities.  It also has a number of educational packages available; including Alex Rider, History and Discovery.  We are “Learn Outside the Classroom” (LOTC) accredited.

Visit the YHA School Trips website for more information.

Volunteering

Volunteering with YHA is a fantastic way to have fun, learn new skills, boost your CV and travel to different places. We have a variety of different opportunities to choose from and volunteering roles to suit everyone.  

The tasks are varied and in return you will meet some great people, who both work and stay in our hostels, as well as enjoying your time off discovering the local area and attractions.

You can find out more and apply to volunteer at this hostel on the volunteering website

History

The Castle dates back to the 12th Century, and many a tale from this world and the next can be found across the Internet. As an introduction why not take a Virtual Tour, but there really is no substitute for the real thing, and joining one of our regular Castle Tours where you can become a history detective and help uncover the secrets of the past.

As King John’s former hunting lodge we are uniquely placed to offer this within a living reminder of the King and one of the most important pieces of history to shape our society today. You enter this remarkable and unique YHA site through a triple portcullis gatehouse into a secluded courtyard and walled garden, and then enter through the grand wooden period door into the West Tower to a warm welcome fit for a King or Queen. Take a walk through time within this former hunting lodge of King John from the 13th century, spend a peaceful moment in his Chapel, rest your feet in his bed-chamber, and wonder who spent time in the debtors prison and met their grizzly end on the Castle gallow.

All bedrooms are full of character with amazingly well-preserved Castle features, original stone walls & features from the Medieval to Victorian period (when the Castle was extensively renovated as a family home). However, they are basic (bunk beds/storage only). The only exceptions are King John and Queen Isabella which have sinks and a double bed bunk.

There are no en-suites and some rooms are quite a walk from washroom facilities and up steep, narrow staircases – the Grade 1 listed nature of this site does not permit modernisation to facilitate demands for smaller rooms/en-suites. The compromise in facilities however is more than made up for with the opportunity to step back in time and imagine yourself a travelling lord or lady staying as the guest of a Medieval Sheriff, joining his household for a feast and rest on your journey of discovery through the Royal Forest of Dean. A smaller, quiet social area is set up in the Old Kitchen under the remains of the “Turn Spit Wheel” – a marvellous old feature that would have turned the Wild Boar on the spit over the kitchen fire, powered by a small dog.

Meet the team

Hostel Manager Linda

My name is Linda Harrison and I have the privilege of being the latest custodian of St Briavels Castle, just one character to reside within the lifetime of the Castle but hopefully adding in a small way to the rich legacy of this remarkably well-preserved and awe-inspiring site. It truly is a pleasure to come to work every day, to step within the Castle walls and share its secrets and fascinating story. My background is history and archaeology so the Castle and I are a match made in Heaven, and I enjoy to continue to discover and share its hidden past.

Working for the YHA for over 10 years, I have been privileged to spend time in fabulous locations (including the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Devon), sharing customer experiences and journeys, and developing new skills and interests along the way, including, since my arrival in the Forest of Dean, richly rewarding school activity packages & YHA Summer Camps.

There are plenty of family fun attractions and outdoor activities; wooded walks, cycle trails, canoe routes, world-famous rock climbing and views at Symonds Yat, watch the Severn Bore, and visit even more castles! You are in the middle of the Forest of Dean and close to the Brecon Beacons, or if you are looking for a city break for the day Gloucester, Bristol and Cardiff are all within easy reach.

Walkers and Cyclists Welcome TripAdvisor 2020 Travellers' Choice Award Rose Award 2019 LOtC Quality Badge

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