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Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have just had a brilliant weekend at the castle thanks to the efforts of Josh, Chris and Linda. The medieval banquet was a lot of fun as well as being informative with plenty of dressing up opportunities and murder mystery game afterwards. The castle was warm and clean and the whole age range (from 11 upwards in our party)...

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Ashwell, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A wonderful place to stay for a flavour of Mediaeval life. A choice of great rooms, each with something special and a banquet too. The kids loved dressing up but were a bit scared to stay in the prison room because of the ghosts!

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 15 January 2017

Stayed overnight here on a Ghost Hunting event. What an amazing place, it really is a castle. Expect stone steps, bare walls, etc. not for immobile people. But for an experience of sleeping in an actual castle wow. Modern showers and bathroom facilities, good outside space and good kitchen facilities and relaxing areas.

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Linda H, Manager at St Briavels Castle, responded to this review

We are really thrilled that you enjoyed your visit to the Castle Helen. We love being discovered and providing guests with the opportunity to sleep in a real Castle, complete with old staircases, cobbles and centuries worn floorboards. We would always recommend anyone with a mobility issue to visit our website and click on the link to our accessibility statement...

Reviewed 4 January 2017

If you stay here expecting the Ritz, then you will be disappointed, but if you go expecting a medieval castle that is several hundreds of years old in some places then you'll be in for a wonderful experience. We are fairly new to the YHA and as long as you set your expectations accordingly then they are great. However St...

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Linda H, Manager at St Briavels Castle, responded to this review

Many thanks for your lovely review Bob. It sums us up brilliantly! We are somewhat limited by the nature of our building but love its quirkiness. It really is a step back in time (with a few modern comforts where and how we can add them). Apologies about the wifi. We did experience difficulties with this in December but have...

Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 December 2016

Excellent place, never stayed at a YHA before but it was very clean and had all the facilities we needed. Heating was a little cold at times in some rooms, but wouldn't let that put anyone off..would defo go again!

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Linda H, Manager at St Briavels Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review. We hope that you are able to discover some of our other amazing YHA properties during 2017. From modern city centre sites to manor houses, cottages by the sea to huts on a mountain top there are some fantastic destinations! Apologies about the cold spots in the Castle. We always advise a woolly jumper...

Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

This review is written with Live Action Roleplay groups in mind. First off this is a great site for single location larp events. Though there is woods nearby, they are a 30 minute steep walk away down a main road, this location is best suited for events within the castle environs. Facilities are superb, plenty of excellent showers and toilets...

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Linda H, Manager at St Briavels Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We love the diversity of our guests and look forward to welcoming your group each year. See you in December 2017!

Llanelli, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 December 2016

With over 50 be-weaponed and seasoned soldiers, The Black Company LARP group had yet another wonderful weekend in the Castle, the hospitality and friendliness of the staff is overwhelming and the facilities are second to none. Thanks to all of the staff who made the weekend such a pleasure - for lettign us get on with our starbnge antics, for...

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Linda H, Manager at St Briavels Castle, responded to this review

It was wonderful to welcome The Black Company LARP group back to St Briavels Castle for their annual winter camp. Thank you for the loan of the costumes for our staff. We never need an excuse to dress up and it was great fun to fit in with your group and look part of the company too! We hope to...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 December 2016

Where to start... wow! I brought 66 people here for a club annual dinner, which was full capacity, and everyone absolutely loved it. What a fantastic and unique place to stay. Linda was absolutely fantastic at helping to organise the weekend, including the medieval banquet, castle tours and local ale kegs. Chris and the other staff (sorry, I don't remember...

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Linda H, Manager at St Briavels Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review. It was fantastic to welcome you all to the Castle and we are thrilled that you had such an enjoyable time with us. We never need any excuse to dress-up ourselves and we love to see our guests getting into the Medieval spirit too (some of your costumes were amazing!) We hope to welcome...

Haverfordwest, United Kingdom
Reviewed 26 October 2016

I booked ahead since I had wanted to stay at this castle. I wasn't disappointed: sturdy stone walls, even across one entire side of the bedroom.which also had a huge window looking on to trees. Interesting people - we all chatted since it's a quiet time of year. A beautiful and atmospheric location too with a garden and outside benches...

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Linda H, Manager at St Briavels Castle, responded to this review

We are pleased that the wait was worth it for you! We agree that the rooms are full of character, with authentic walls and original features dating back hundreds of years. Sadly the Grade 1 listed nature of the building is very restrictive and it limits the scope for modernisation. We will regrettably never be able to offer en-suite rooms...

Reviewed 23 October 2016

I rented the building out for a ghost hunt. The staff were friendly and the 3 course medieval banquet, complete with entertainment from the 'jester' was brilliant. There are lots of rooms to choose from, but as a ghost hunt, i would recommend the , prison, constables room and chaplains room as they was the most active. From footsteps to...

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Linda H, Manager at St Briavels Castle, responded to this review

We always love to hear what activity paranormal investigations have experienced as this varies from group to group. It is interesting that the Guard/Hanging and State Apartment rooms appear to have been quiet for you on this occasion when both rooms have produced some lively results this year on other nights; including recently the fire alarm activating the moment the...

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Additional Information about St Briavels Castle

Address: The Castle Church Street | Lydney, Saint Briavels GL15 6RG, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Gloucestershire > Forest of Dean > Saint Briavels
Hotel Class:3 star — St Briavels Castle 3*
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“Talk to the staff - they will give sensible advice.”
 of 5 bubbles D4556EZmarke, 21 Feb 2017 | Read review
“For a really spooky, stay in the Oubliette room and go on the tour to learn about what's under the rug...”
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“for a quiet room paranormal wise, choose the state room, isobels room and hanging room”
 of 5 bubbles samanthaghostladyc, 23 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Very steep stairs where we stayed, ask accordingly to your requirements. You can stay in the prison, hanging room or oubliette room too!”
 of 5 bubbles NickyRainbow, 28 Aug 2016 | Read review
“It should be budget, but for a family it is cheaper to stay in a travel lodge/premier inn”
 of 5 bubbles jossw944, 22 Aug 2016 | Read review
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