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Clearwell Caves, Coleford

4.4
#2 of 6 in Nature in Gloucestershire
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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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  • From the outside it does not look much but this is a very extensive set of caves well worth the entrance fee with very clear signing an explanation. It is very easy to imagine what it was like to be a...  more »
  • Great place for kids and adults alike, also great place to keep the kids entertained if the weather turns  more »
  • Well worth a visit, enjoyed the screen projected imafes5 across the water in the cave. Interested facts to read along while walking through .  more »
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  • Really awesome caves and very worth a quick visit. I had been going here often as a kid and finally got to take my wife as an adult. It was definitely better as a kid and had barely changed at all in 15 years. Best to visit with kids and at Christmas. There are also events in the main cave which I need to check out.
  • Easter egg hunt around the caves. Great caves, really interesting place. Been before for Christmas santa grotto too which was brilliant
  • An interesting and realistic viewing of ancient caves and mine workings. Very genuine and not "prettied up". reasonable prices although reduction for children could be better
  • Clearwell Caves is a fantastic place to visit if you are ever in the Forest of Dean, full of history and full of really interesting facts that date back years. We had a private tour and went deep inside the caves into areas that are normally out of bounds to the public, I can honestly say that I would not have wanted to work a job there. The Clearwell Caves are well priced, a great little Cafe on site and a real education can be had by visiting this great attraction. Highly recommended.
  • What do you get at Clearwell Caves, No posh car park, No glitzy signage at the entrance, but a truly fantastic visitor attraction. We visited with our 2 boys aged 14 & 12 and having visited Kents Caverns in Torquay plus various others can only say this outshines them all. This a really authentic and realistic experience, I would recommend you visit Clearwell Caves if you anywhere near this area and guarantee you won't be disappointed.

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