St Briavels Castle, Lydney, Gloucestershire
This old castle was built in the 12th century and during the reign of Edward I crossbow bolts were made here, all important weapons in his campaign against the Welsh and the Scots. Now it’s a youth hostel with the impressive twin towered gatehouse still standing; it provides a place for many walkers to rest their weary heads after a day hiking in the hills on the Offa’s Dyke Path or exploring the Forest of Dean. You can see the exterior and the dry moat anytime; the inner bailey and courtyard are open to the public between 11.00 am and 4.00 pm April to October; entry is free and there are loos and a café. Assistance dogs only.
T: 01594 530272
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