Plenty to do, see and enjoy

Welcome to one of England's few remaining ancient forests. Covering over 110 square kilometres of woodland, the Forest of Dean lies between the rivers Wye and Severn, in the western part of Gloucestershire and on the borders of Wales and Herefordshire.

The Forest is one of the most distinctive areas of Britain having a seductive charm and character that is uniquely its own. Designated as a National Forest Park in 1938, this ’Queen of Forests’ boasts a spectacular range of natural beauty combined with an aura of magic and mystery that has been the inspiration for many great artists and writers including Dennis Potter, JRR Tolkien and JK Rowling.

The seasons bring an ever-changing landscape, from the vivid blues and yellows of wild bluebells and daffodils in spring, to the blaze of gold and russet colours during autumn. Nature and wildlife is abundant, complemented by a wealth of local fare and a true ‘Forest’ welcome, which awaits all visitors.

There's so much to do and see that we couldn't possibly fit it all in here, so we've selected a few of the areas best attractions - tailored to the majority of our guests who are couples and families. We've also provided links to the offical tourist information websites for the area which provide a comprehensive breakdown of everything on offer around our fabulous location.

Local Attractions

Here is a short list of some of the most popular attractions in the area, further links to our local tourist information websites are provided afterwards.

Local Attractions - Clearwell Caves

Clearwell Caves

Nine large caverns are open to visitors, descending 100ft underground. Superb natural cave system mined for iron ore and ochre pigment for over 4,500 years. The Rocks, Clearwell, Coleford, Gloucestershire. Tel: 01594 832535 visit website

Local Attractions - Cannop Ponds

Cannop Ponds

A popular fishing lake and home to mandarin ducks. Large flat grassy area for family games and Barbecues
Good access to cycle-ways. Good shady car park. Speech House Road, Broadwell, Coleford, Gloucestershire
Tel: 01594 833057 visit website

Local Attractions - Beechenhurst Lodge

Beechenhurst Lodge Picnic Site

With views over the Cannop Valley, . Starting point for the Sculpture Trail walk. Cafe, shop, information boards, toilets (inc. disabled), barbecues, play equipment for children. Parking. Access to cycle-way. Speech House Road, Broadwell, Coleford, Gloucestershire. Tel: 01594 827357 visit website

Local Attractions - Lydney Harbour

Lydney Harbour

Recently restored to preserve its historical importance, Lydney Harbour Docks was a key player in the industrial development of the Forest of Dean. Lydney Harbour Docks, Harbour Industrial Estate, Lydney, Gloucestershire. visit website

Local Attractions - Pedalabikeaway

Pedalabikeaway

Situated in the centre of the Forest of Dean, adjacent to the family way-marked Cycle Trail of 12 miles, Pedalabikeaway offer a range of cycles for hire. From the less adventurous cyclists to experienced peddlers, the Forest can be enjoyed along a network of safe, traffic-free cycle trails. visit website

Local Attractions - Tintern Station Tea Rooms

The Old Station for Tintern

Once on the now long gone Wye Valley Railway. It is situated well out of the village at the northern end. There is also a car park (50p) at the site. 'Country Luxury' magazine named Tintern Old Station as one of the UK's top 25 tearooms. visit website

Local Attractions - Hereford Cathedral

Hereford Cathedral

Home of the Mappa Mundi, Hereford Cathedral's main role is as a centre of Christian mission and the seat of the Bishop. Each day, three acts of worship take place which ensure that the life of prayer which gives energy to Christian mission is carried on. visit website

Local Attractions- Raglan Castle

Raglan Castle

Undoubtedly the finest late medieval fortress-palace in Britain. A lavish proclamation of the success of an entrepreneurial Welsh family, it was begun, probably on the site of a small Norman castle, during the 1430's by Sir William ap Thomas. Raglan, Monmouthshire NP15 2BT. visit website

Local Attractions- The Crown at Whitebrook

The Ostrich Inn

The Ostrich Inn, Newland, is a free house renowned for its excellent food with one of the best restaurants in the area and caters for a wide variety of tastes, including vegetarians. Apart from an excellent menu, the landlady also prides herself on her range of real ales and usually keeps a range of up to eight on tap. visit website


For the most complete information on what to do and see in the Wye Valley, Forest of Dean, South Herefordshire and South Wales Borders, you may find the following websites useful to explore:

Visit Forest of Dean

Visit Forest of Dean

Official site for the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley.

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Visit Herefordshire

Visit Herefordshire

Official site for Herefordshire and the Wye Valley.

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Visit Monmouthshire

Official site for discovering Monmouthshire and the Wye Valley.

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