Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

St. Briavels

St. Briavels is a little known but attractive village in Gloucestershire, 5 miles from Lydney.

It is situated deep in the Forest of Dean, high up above the heavily wooded River Wye.

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.

Places in St. Briavels

St. Briavels Castle