Clearwell Caves, Coleford

4.3
#2 of 8 in Nature in Gloucestershire
Travel 31 m (100 ft) underground into a working mine museum at Clearwell Caves. Follow in the footsteps of generations of iron ore miners and explore nine of the caverns. Read the displays to learn about the caves’ ancient and mysterious past, stretching well over 4,500 years, and the minerals it holds. Browse the onsite shop, which sells minerals and ore from the caves. Visit the cafe and admire the many mining artifacts and local memorabilia that decorate its walls over a hot drink or light meal. There is an easy walk from the cafe to Clearwell Meend, taking you up to a picturesque pond and disused iron mine shaft with views of Clearwell village and the Welsh borders beyond. To visit Clearwell Caves and get the most from your holiday in Coleford, create itinerary details personal to you using our Coleford travel website .
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  • Good place to visit on a wet day as you are underground! Lovely to see how the mines worked years ago. A good place to visit for everyone, as it's dark in places, wear appropriate footwear. Nice cafĂ© ...  more »
  • Yes theres no guide but its great to explore on your own. The pools are incredible. The staff were friendly. I suggest going when its not busy so you can experience the nooks and crannys without queue...  more »
  • Visited with the kids, great Morning, staff very friendley, really helpful and lots of local stories  more »
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  • Great experience! Very interesting mining museum and very nicely done. Really good information about mining, life as a miner and the geology of the caves. Had placed numerous pumpkins around the mine for smaller children to find in October which was a good idea to keep them interested too. Quite a few steep ups and downs so not suitable for people who struggle walking. Nice collection of old mining trains outside which I hope they will one day be able to restore to service.
  • A little overpriced for 1 hour but enjoyable. Overall it was OK, you are left to your own devices and can walk freely in the caves, however you never really go deep enough for a proper experience. We have been to other caves in Wales that are just incredible for the same if not cheaper price. In my view it's a little overpriced for what it is and being so short, we drove over an hour to spend less time at the attraction but saying that we did enjoy it, we just had to find other local things to do instead of just driving all the way back home. We would not visit again, it does not have the wow factor to bring you back.
  • Very informative place with lots of historical information about mining and the surrounding area. The caves are stunning and feature a wealth of fantastic areas to explore. Fun for all ages. Would recommend suitable footwear as it can be slippery in places as you go deeper into the cave. Great day out and enjoyed spending about 2 hours down in the cave. The cafe was OK, food was very wholesome and healthy and drinks were very refreshing. The cafe could be cleaner and staff were slow to clean tables after people left meaning people had to have to tidy the tables themselves other than that no problems.
  • Great time spent in the caves, good price too. Well recommend reading all of the information as you walk through the caves as it's good information. There is the opportunity to go deeper in the caves which I didn't do unfortunately but I'm sure that would be great too. They offer you overalls to do this part but recommend old clothes etc. Which is a good idea. Would recommend warm clothes to go into the caves as even on a warm day it's quite cold down there.
  • On arrival greeted by pretty unfriendly woman, who gave us our tickets whilst shoving food in her mouth, no pleasantries or explanation to where you go! Basically for those who are going you walk through a small museum and caves follow on through the back of it! Caves were pretty interesting but younger kids bored! Lovely cafe with really friendly staff, thank goodness.
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