About YHA St Briavels Castle

Packages and bolt-ons available here

Medieval banquets with entertainment

Give your school trip, activity or social group an experience they’ll always remember with a stay in a real Norman castle. YHA St Briavels Castle is our very own Hogwarts – join us for banqueting and hands on learning experiences within an unforgettable setting. There are some amazing things for you to do here, plus plenty of cosy spaces to relax during the evenings and ample grounds within the castle to let off a bit of steam. We’ve even got free Wi-Fi so you can stay connected too.

YHA St Briavels has so much to offer groups – For school groups wanting to immerse themselves in history, why not check out one of our fully inclusive education packages, including all daytime and evening activities; including bread-making, candle-dipping and archery, and a medieval themed hosted banquet. YHA St Briavels will be a stay with lasting memories.

Alternatively for educational and social groups looking to lead your own magical stay, YHA St Briavels has great access to the Forest of Dean and the local attractions therein; such as the amazing Puzzlewood or Clearwell Caves, with the added benefit of staying in a castle.  There are cycle trails, forest and riverside walks and fantastic canoeing on the River Wye nearby.  Don’t forget you can always upgrade your booking to include one of our fantastic banquets and go Medieval for a night. The Castle is also an excellent venue for celebrations and get-togethers.

The castle plays host throughout the year to heritage weekends, outdoor performances and themed events and is a superb destination for all types of groups looking for something just that little bit different.

Facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi in communal areas
  • Drying room
  • Board games
  • Cycle store
  • Garden/grounds
  • Lounge
  • Dining room
  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Car parking
  • Coach parking
  • Classrooms
  • Corridor zoning
  • Meeting Rooms & Corporate Hire

Stay from

FULL
BOARD

£29.00

per person
per night
(exc VAT)

HALF
BOARD

£22.00

per person
per night
(exc VAT)

B & B

£18.00

per person
per night
(exc VAT)

Contact us for our full list of rates and pricing options

"Excellent" - 91%

Customer Satisfaction based on 62 scores

3 Stars
Visit England accredited

Learning Outside the Classroom

YHA is at the top of the class for educational visits. We have been awarded a
Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Award at 74 of our Youth Hostels
across England and Wales.

For more information about the Learning Outside the Classroom Awards,
please visit the Learning Outside the Classroom website.

LOtC Awarded

YHA St Briavels Castle has been given the LOtC award.

LOtC Award
103296

Testimonials

YHA St Briavel's

Particularly commend the staff and banquet. Created an informal, creative environment for our retreat.

University of Bristol
YHA St Briavel's

I was so impressed with the staff throughout our stay. They could not have been any more accommodating, and made our stay a hugely enjoyable and successful one.

Dartford Grammar School
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Dining room
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Packages available at this hostel

History at YHA St Briavel's

History package

Suitable for ages 7-13

Prices from

£38

per person per night*

(+VAT)

Medieval history brought to life

Join Sir Thomas Bolt at St Briavels Castle for a truly memorable school trip. Sir Thomas is our very own medieval custodian and from the moment he welcomes you at the gates of this 900 year old castle, medieval history is bought to life for the duration of your trip. During your stay pupils will have the opportunity to try many activities relating to medieval life, here are just a few examples: build and fire a siege engine, archaeological dig, castle tour, candle making, archery, and a scrumptious medieval banquet.

Activities

  • Build and fire a siege engine
  • Archaeological dig
  • Castle tour
  • Candle making
  • Archery
  • Medieval banquet
  • Chronological timeline activity
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Discovery at YHA St Briavels

Discovery package

Suitable for ages 7-13

Prices from

£38

per person per night*

(+VAT)

Flexible programme of fun and challenges

Designed to enable teachers to create their own stay, our Discovery package offers a flexible programme of fun, challenging and memorable experiences that can be tailored to support the educational needs of your group. Great for building team work and communication skills.

Activities

  • Archery
  • Team challenges
  • Banquet
  • Medieval games
  • Castle tour
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Alex Rider Mission Briefing

Alex Rider Mission Briefing

Suitable for ages 7-13

Prices from

£38

per person per night*

(+VAT)

Train the next secret agents

We’ve teamed up with Walker Books and author Anthony Horowitz to bring you team building challenges and spy training that will test pupils’ mettle as potential new secret agent. Our new cohort of spies will undertake training before being sent back in time, learning how to live in medieval times in order to find the lost professor and bring him back to the present day.

Activities

  • Orienteering
  • Fencing
  • Guided navigation walks
  • Team building
  • Fire lighting
  • Bushcraft
  • Shelter building
  • Hunt the double agent
  • Code breaking
  • Gadget design
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Optional Bolt-on activities at YHA St Briavels Castle

Perfect for groups looking to fill free time, our bolt-on activities can easily be added on to your YHA stay.  Available as half-day and full-day options, we offer an exciting range of activities that are designed to entertain and engage pupils of all ages and abilities.

Bolt-ons

YHA bolt-on at YHA St Briavel's Castle

Prices from

£8

per person*

(+VAT)

YHA bolt-on

Activities delivered by trained and experienced staff

Available at all the hostels that offer YHA packages, this bolt-on offers challenging problem solving and team building activities delivered by our very own trained and experienced staff. Activities are run on hostel grounds, meaning you don’t need to travel anywhere.

Activities

  • Team challenges
  • Fencing
  • Castle tour
  • Archery
  • Archaeological dig
  • Medieval games
  • Go create
Find out more

YHA St Briavels Castle

St Briavel's, Lydney, Gloucestershire, GL15 6RG
OS Map:162
OS Grid Ref:SO558045
Latitude:51.738112
Longitude:-2.640796
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