YHA St Briavels Castle

St Briavels, England, United Kingdom








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Please note: All prices are based on hiring the whole place per night.

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 self-catering kitchen contains 2 domestic size ovens, 2 microwaves, 2 fridges (1 upright & 1 domestic under-counter), 1 freezer (under-counter), 2 kettles, 2 toasters and a range of kitchen equipment, crockery and cutlery for 50 people. Tea towels & washing up liquid are provided.


There are 50 beds arranged in 1×2 (contains double with single bunk over), 1 x 4 (contains double with single bunk over), 2 x 6, 3 x 8 and 1 x 12 (two rooms, interconnected 1 x 4 & 1 x 8). Accommodation is located across 2 accommodation blocks. We are happy to forward you bed and building floor plans in advance on request. All bed linen is provided, and we ask if you could please refrain from bringing your own.


The car park is a large gravel area next to the main entrance ramp. There is also an overspill carpark available around the curtilage of the Castle, but please do not block the entrance to the Church.


The postcode will bring you to the Castle gates: GL15 6RG. From the north take the M50 to Ross-On-Wye, then the A40 to Monmouth. From there take the scenic valley road (A466) to Chepstow, following signs for the Forest Of Dean. Turn left after approx. 5 miles and follow signs to St Briavels. The Castle is straight in front of you. From the westbound M4, take the M48 to Chepstow. From Chepstow take the A466 to Monmouth. After approx. 7 miles (just after the metal bridge), turn right and follow signs to St Briavels. Neither of these routes is suitable for coaches. Contact the hostel directly for alternatives for coaches.

Dining room/lounge:

There are two dining areas; The Old Stables seats 36 and The Banquet Hall seats 50. In addition there are 2 lounge areas; The Old Kitchen has 2 sofas and 2 armchairs, and The Chapel has 6 sofas and 6 armchairs and a window bench seat. YHA St Briavels Castle does not have a TV. WiFi (The Sky Cloud) is available in The Chapel lounge.

Washing facilities:

There are 7 toilets, 1 urinal, & 8 showers based across the 2 towers. The only bedrooms that contain sinks are room 8 (Queen Isabella) and room 9 (King John). All facilities are shared.


Garden: There is a private walled garden within the Castle grounds. There is adjacent access to the Moat (a public garden) and a short walk to a park with a range of equipment and spaces to play games.

Heating: The heating throughout is electric, and the majority are storage heaters with supplementary boosters/oil fired heaters provided. Open fires are strictly prohibited by English Heritage.

Mobile phones: There is extremely limited/no mobile phone reception within the Castle.  4G and good network cover is available outside of the Castle curtilage in the village. The Castle does not have a payphone.

Post office & shops: The nearest Post Office is in Coleford, 4 miles from St Briavels. St Briavels village contains a small shop (The Pantry) that sells basic provisions and locally sourced food and drink. Opening hours are restricted during the Winter Months. A 24-hour Tesco is located in Chepstow (8 miles). Other supermarkets (not 24 hour) are available in Coleford, Lydney, and Monmouth.

Discounts on your stay:

Why not take out YHA membership today to save £30 on your Exclusive Hire booking? Not only will you get a discount on bookings with YHA Exclusive Hire, but you’ll also get exclusive discounts every time you stay with YHA, high street shopping discounts, email newsletters and much, much more!

To get your £30 off discount code, simply log in to YHA.org.uk and go to the Member Benefits tab.


Unfortunately none of our bedrooms or bathrooms meets modern standards of accessibility. For more information please download the full access statement here.


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St Briavels, England, United Kingdom
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