Outdoor Education Centres: St. Briavels
Whether travelling independently, with a family or friends, or with a larger social group, St Briavels Castle is a venue with a real “WOW” factor that will amaze and inspire young and old alike. The Castle is over 800 years old, with bags of character and remarkably well-preserved features throughout, and a magical charm that promotes social interaction and historical interest in equal measure.
The Castle is a Grade 1 listed ancient monument, a rich piece of our heritage and an inspiring location at amazingly affordable prices. The perfect background for school activity breaks, where students really do “learn outside the classroom” as they are transported back in time to Medieval world of King John and the Magna Carta.
Within this AONB area there are plenty of outdoor activities in the area such as: Climbing & abseiling, Woodland walks, Cycle trails, Sit-On-Kayak routes, Caving and visit even more Castles! You are in the middle of the Forest of Dean and close to the Brecon Beacons for an even wider selection of activities.
St Briavels Castle has 66 beds in the following layout: 1 x 4, 3 x 6, 1 x 8, 1 x 10, 1 x 12 and 1 x 14
There are also two spacious “dormitory” rooms, forming the tops of the two towers, which are perfect for larger school groups. The social spaces of the Castle were reconfigured in 2015 to create an amazing banqueting hall fit for a King! (This means that the public rooms featured on the virtual tour have now changed). We are looking to update the virtual tour in the future, but we hope that you enjoy discovering the rooms when you arrive!
The Old Kitchen is a quiet lounge; with wood panels, a period fireplace and fantastic historical features (including the original staircase and dog spit wheel).
The Banqueting Hall (formerly King John’s Lounge) is now a spacious dining room, with a grand fireplace and period features an amazing backdrop for mealtimes. The Old Stables is a versatile social space; with service of breakfast and supper club for groups, a classroom/meeting room for groups, daytime café, banquet craft zone, and relaxing social space in the evenings.
The grounds are an archaeologically preserved site and operate as an English Heritage visitor attractions during the afternoon regrettably no camping is permitted at St Briavels Castle. There is a peaceful walled garden and courtyard area, to soak in the culture and watch the flights of fledgling archers as they practice this noble sport within this magical setting. This is also the venue throughout the year for amazing historical and literary themed events, such as “Shakespeare At The Castle” at the end of July, a WW2 weekend in April and the “Heritage Open Weekend” on the second weekend of September.
From this location we can offer a full range of activities including all the usual favourites, other interesting activities are Mine Exploration, mountain biking and a full day canoe trip down the Conwy estuary, ending up near Conwy Castle.
Please give Clive a call or drop him an email for more information or to discuss your options.
Tel: 01588 630123
Mob: 07866 630123