Join Haunted Discoveries as we carry out a FULL WEEKEND ghost hunt which includes Accommodation and Investigation of the imposing St Briavels Castle on Friday 8th February until Sunday 10th February 2019, which dates back to the 11th century and is believed to be one of the most haunted castles in England.
This location is popular and an absolute must for any ghost hunter and explorer with its years of history and reports of varied paranormal activity.
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Start Times: Ghost hunts will start at 20:00pm until 2:00am on both Friday and Saturday nights
Food & Catering: Hot drinks are supplied where possible. Food/Snacks will be only occasionally where permitted. We will provide a DIY continental breakfast for all guests each morning in the communal kitchen. Guests are also welcome to bring their own food and use any kitchen facilities required but will be responsible for their own clean up. We will not provide a lunch or evening meal but there are shops a short drive away and a pub nearby which serves food.
Toilets: There are toilets onsite
Alcohol Allowance: Strictly NO
Accommodation: Rooms are set out in a dorm style. Guests should be aware that you may probably be required to share rooms with other guests (please contact us if this will be a problem or you need more information)
Priced at just £99.99
Customers should be aware that if you wish to use the deposit option then the remainder of the balance needs to be paid 8 weeks prior to the event, by no later than 14/12/18. Simply select the balance payment option and add to cart the same amount of deposits you have purchased previously.
We at Haunted Discoveries UK like to employ both traditional and scientific methods of paranormal investigation. As a guest we will invite you to take part in active experiments including group and lone vigils,table tipping, pendulums. You will also get the chance to investigate using some of our equipment, which include: spirit boxes, temperature guns, rem pods, dowsing rods, Alice software, spirit boards and Mel meters etc.
Please Note – A non-refundable deposit option is available for many of our events. Should you choose this option, customers should be aware that any balance payments are required 8 weeks prior to the event. Failure to make this payment will result in you losing your place on the event. All bookings are bound by our Terms and Conditions. All rooms available for sleeping in are rooms of interest for investigation. Guests should tidy away their belongings prior to investigation times. Accommodations are set out in a dorm style. Guests may be required to share rooms with other guests although you will remain with the party you have booked with.
St Briavels Castle is a Grade I listed ancient monument, a moated Norman castle built sometime between 1075 and 1129 by royal mandate as a royal administrative centre for the Forest of Dean. During the 11th and 12th centuries it was used by the King for hunting but was far more beneficial as a metalworking centre with the plentiful trees and iron deposits in the region.
During the early 13th century St Briavels was greatly expanded due to royal interest. It was one of King John’s favourite hunting lodges, which he visited every November. Heavy fines were imposed for peasants for illegal wood cutting and poaching venison during this time. It was shortly afterwards that the castle began to be used as a prison for those who trespassed or didn’t pay their fines.
Over the next few centuries the castle passed between many different owners and the Crown respectively and had a very violent and turbulent history. During the 18th century many of the buildings inside the bailey were knocked down. The keep had completely collapsed by 1777. With much of the castle in ruin it was now used solely as a prison, what buildings remained inside the bailey were turned into a courtroom and jury room. The west side of the gate house was used as a jail. You can still see the graffiti that the prisoners left inside one of the prison rooms.
In 1838 the court and jury rooms were turned into a local school and the tower was still used as a prison until 1842. 1906 saw a major refurbishment of the castle and it was made habitable again. It became a youth hostel in 1948 and remains so today.
There have been many reports of activity over the years and they start right at the main gate to the castle. It is not uncommon for people to turn up and be let in through the gate, only to turn around and find that the person that let them in has disappeared into thin air. The gate has also been known to swing open and bang against the wall. If you stand in the courtyard and look towards the closed gate you may hear voices from outside and see phantom feet walking along though the gap at the bottom. Phantom horses have also been seen and heard travelling up the entryway.
Reports of a baby crying have been reported in King Johns lounge. Some years ago when the fireplace in this room was being renovated a mummified baby was found in the ceiling above the fireplace, it is this baby believed to be the one responsible for crying. Over the years a lot have people have been executed in the castle. The fireplace in King Johns lounge has notches carved into its sides, these are said to represent the executions ordered by just one particular judge.
The top of the west tower is known as the hanging room because it is said that people were hung from the beams you can still see on the outside of the building. The figure of a woman has been seen on several occasions walking across the room, kneeling to pray in front of the window and then disappearing. The stairs leading up to the hanging room are known as ‘the haunted stairs’ because people frequently hear footsteps travelling up these very creaky stairs but nobody ever comes through the door. If you were to go to the door to see who was there you would find yourself alone.
In the prison room, which is actually one of the old holding cells; objects are thrown in full view of the people in there. One group actually witness a pillow being thrown at somebody who was sat in the window.
In the east tower is the oubliette room. People have reported feeling like something is coming out from the trapdoor in the floor and light anomalies have been witnessed rising out of it. This room is also home to the ‘scary bed’ where the bedcovers get thrown off people when they’re asleep.
In the old kitchen stones have been witnessed appearing by the ceiling and dropping down onto those sitting below and in the corridor outside the state apartments women have been heard talking and arguing.
Children have been seen and heard playing very loudly upstairs. Groans, laughter, footsteps, bangs and even rattling chains have been heard all over the castle. Light anomalies and moving doors have also been seen.