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a Castle in the town of St Briavels, in the county of Gloucestershire

About St. Briavels Castle

St.Briavels Castle stands in an outstanding scenery high above the River Wye. It is an evocative setting, reminiscent of early English King's, from King John onwards, who loved this spot, and hunted in the Forest of Dean.

The castle is built on the site of an earlier fortress, it was built in 1205 as a hunting lodge for King John. It was further fortified with towers in 1293, as part of the English defences against Welsh marauders. These two round towers, flanking a gatehouse, now form one of the most romantic of all Youth Hostels! Apart from comfortable accommodation, the hostel invites visitors to part-take of a medieval banquet on Wednesdays and Saturdays in August.

In the village there is a superb Norman church, this shows additions from the 13th-century as well as a considerable amount of restoration. None-the-less, it has some splendid church treasures and is well worth seeing.

St. Briavels, from its lofty limestone plateau 800 feet above the Wye Valley, gives what are probably the finest views of this sweeping river valley. The village is of rural character and charm, it has a post office, a local craft shop and a couple of local inns where you can pass away an idle hour following an enjoyable walk around the village.

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