St. Briavels, Gloucestershire, England

St. Briavels Castle

St. Briavels Castle

St Briavels Castle is a moated Norman castle noted for its sizeable Edwardian gatehouse that guards the entrance. It was originally built between 1075 and 1129 as a royal administrative centre for the Forest of Dean. It became a Youth Hostel in 1948, and remains so today. It is owned by English Heritage and open to the public. The castle is classed as a Grade I listed building and as a Scheduled Monument.


The castle is reputedly very haunted, with people expressing feelings of unease and oppression, noticing a strange atmosphere and the sensation of being strangled.



Witnesses report their clothing pulled. Visual effects include a phantom black dog, a grey lady and a knight in armour sighted in the grounds. Aubible phenomena include the cries of a baby.


Pictured left is the Gatehouse courtesy of Bob Tinley.

Church Street,

St. Briavels,


Gloucestershire, GL15 6TA.


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For further information, please read Haunted Britain by Richard Jones.


Visitor Information

St Briavels (pronounced Brevels) is a village in Gloucestershire, England.

It lies in the Royal Forest of Dean, close to the England-Wales border, and 5 miles south of Coleford.

Pictured left is St. Briavels Castle courtesy of Roy Parkhouse. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.