St. Briavels is a little known but attractive village in Gloucestershire, 5 miles from Lydney.
The Norman St. Briavels Castle dates from the 12th century, and was the administrative headquarters of the forest in the Norman period. It was a favourite castle of King John when he visited the area for hunting expeditions.
The gatehouse has twin drums, behind which is now a Youth Hostel.
Opposite the castle is the Norman St. Mary's Church, where bread and cheese is still given to villagers at Whitsuntide.