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Clearwell Caves, Coleford
(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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  • This is a great place to visit. It's £6.25 per adult & is easily walkable. The older generation will love the history of the iron mines & the children will love exploring the nooks & crannies of the c...  more »
  • I'd taken my own children there many years ago. It is still an interesting place to visit, but having kids with you makes it more fun. Next time I'll make sure grandchildren are with me. 
  • Well worth visiting. As you walk round there is a lot of great information to read to give you a good understanding of life working in the mines 170 years ago. This mixed in with some lovely sites and...  more »
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  • 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.
  • A wonderful mine. Wander around a specified route . Bet the extended tour which goes deeper on request is brilliant. Maybe next time I go..
  • An excellent experience, left alone to explore a vast cave system. Well worth the money and the guided deep cavern tour sounds amazing, will do on return visit.
  • Decent price and very interesting visit! Lots to see, and to be amazed by! Cafe next to the entrance is really nice too! Jacket potatoes were beautiful.
  • We went with a 5-year old and an infant. There are semi and deep caving opportunities (booking required) for adults and 16+ year old children. The cave tour contains equipments and some artefacts from the bygone era in mining at this part. It was a good educational tour too and appreciate how much we have come from the Victorian times. For the most part, the internal paths are flat but at places there is slight gradient (and loose gravel). Handrails are provided in such places. The coffee shop at the entrace to the cave is very nice. They had done a Halloween theme to the ceiling and it looked interesting and organised. Taste the cakes on offer, quite good. The tables have board games (ask shop staff). Ample parking available.