The duty of care we have to our guests, beneficiaries, staff and partners compels us to progress and open our hostels with caution and careful consideration in the best interests of the charity and those it serves.
For the foreseeable future, YHA St Briavels Castle will operate on an Exclusive Hire basis only, with contact-free check in.
To find out more about our COVID-19 secure enhanced health and safety measures, please read our FAQs.
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.
There is limited mobile phone reception within the Castle, so it’s the perfect location for a digital detox.
What is great about YHA St Briavels Castle?
Stay in an 800-year-old castle.
Well-preserved medieval features.
Set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The self-catering kitchen contains two domestic size ovens, two microwaves, two fridges, one freezer, two kettles, two toasters and a range of kitchen equipment, crockery, and cutlery for guests to use during their stay. Tea towels, bin bags, washing up liquid and soap are provided.
Dining room and lounge
The old Chapel is the main lounge. There is no TV, but the modern world has breached the Castle walls and there is WiFi available in this area. The Old Kitchen is a quiet lounge; with wood panels, a period fireplace, and fantastic historical features, including the original staircase and dog spit wheel. The Banqueting Hall is a spacious dining room, with a grand fireplace and period features that create an amazing backdrop to the regular feasts held within its walls. The Old Stables is a versatile social space; with place to eat breakfast and supper, and relaxing social space in the evenings. Highchairs are also available.
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.
Take the place for yourself.
For family, for friends, for running clubs, for walking groups, for hens, for stags, for you and yours.
YHA St Briavels Castle has 60 beds across 9 bedrooms: 1 x 2, 1 x 4, 3 x 6, 3 x 8 and 1 x 12. Temporary beds available to increase capacity to 66. The two smallest rooms contain a double bed bunk to increase capacity to 1 x 3 and 1 x 5.
All bedlinen is provided.
There are 7 toilets, 1 urinal, and 8 showers based across the 2 towers. The only bedrooms that contain sinks are room 8 and room 9. All wash facilities are shared. Soap is available with every sink. Toilet paper is also provided.
The hostel is in the heart of the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley, so there is lots of great walks from the doorstep, suitable for all ages and abilities.
Explore the Forest of Dean on two wheels. Try the Royal Forest Route which takes in a sculpture trail, mines dating back to the 1820’s and a lagoon of bluebells in springtime.
Discover the unique and magical place of Puzzlewood, with winding pathways and brilliant rock formations.
Need to know
Check-in and Check-out times
On the day of arrival, the Hostel is available from 4.00pm. On the day of departure you are asked to vacate by 10am.
St Briavels is a quaint village in the Forest of Dean, with plenty to see and do in the area.
Set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you can explore the many of walking and cycling routes around the village and the Forest of Dean, go canoeing and kayaking on the River Wye, and on rainy days, discover the museums and learn about the village’s history.
St Briavels has a pub, a church, a deli for visitors to enjoy. There is also a monthly farmers’ market is held in the village, where visitors can buy many locally produced delights, such as cakes, bread, ales, beers, and much more.
Parking is available outside and in the road around the old castle moat. There is space directly outside the castle for 1 large coach.
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.
At YHA St Briavels Castle, we strive to cater for everybody. Unfortunately, none of our bedrooms or bathrooms meets modern standards of accessibility.
View our access statement here.
Adhering to Government guidance
It is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of the current Government guidance on gatherings in self-catering accommodation. In making a booking with YHA (England & Wales) you are agreeing to adhere to the relevant Government guidance that will apply at the time of your stay. Please bear in mind that the guidance may be different in England and Wales.
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. Please note that YHA membership discount is only available when you book direct through YHA.