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Clearwell Caves, Coleford

Categories: Caves, Nature & Parks
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4.3/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web
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 on your holiday in Coleford, and find out what else Coleford has to offer, use our Coleford holiday planner.
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  • As usual in the Forest of Dean, good value for money, plenty of parking, superb cafe and a really interest c45 minute look around the caves full of artifacts and written commentary. Wear a decent pair...  read more »
  • Excellent experience, this is a must do for anyone visiting the forest. The caves were amazing and thoroughly enjoyed it. All the staff were very friendly. We visited the coffee shop, excellent select...  read more »
  • We arrived first thing in the morning when it just opened and had the amazing experience without lots of other peoples voices. What a treasure! the artifacts are very well placed and have very informa...  read more »
  • We have been there twice now in a short space of time. First time it was just me and my wife on our own and the second time it was with our three children. This is a truly spectacular place with loads of history and some very intriguing stories and scenes. It's amazing to see the way people mined back in the days and to try and envisage the day and working conditions. We enjoyed ourselves immensely on both occasions and it's a great thing to do with or without kids. If you want to learn about the history then going on your own is obviously better :-) It's a self guided tour and you can go as fast or as slow as you would like. You have the option of buying a guide book or you can just make your own way through the caves. There are some key pointers and sections with explanations so you can learn from there. All in all a very enjoyable visit. At the end of going through the caves you can relax in the cafe and enjoy everything from just a coffee to a nice sandwich.
  • Dip into history with self-led or guided tours. Organise a visit with the resident blacksmith. Enjoy excellent handmade cake. Can even be hired as an event venue!
  • Good set of caves with atmospheric lighting. Well worth reading the boards on the way in to make the most of your visit. Not too bad underfoot either.
  • Absolutely magical!! Children loved seeing Father Christmas at the caves. The caves were dressed with lights, a story trail, hundreds of Christmas trees and a lovely little Christmas market and makeshift cafĂ©. Looking forward to going back next year...Book up well in advance as tickets go quickly!!
  • Well worth a visit will not disappoint wear good foot wear slippery in places loverly for children to explore some surprises on way like a skeleton on the wall.
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