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Clearwell Caves

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Address: Clearwell Caves The Rocks | Clearwell, Coleford GL16 8JR, England
Phone Number:
+44 1594 832535
Today
10:00 - 17:00
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description:

Impressive natural caverns that became filled with iron ore and then were...

Impressive natural caverns that became filled with iron ore and then were mined over 4,500 years, right up to today. The Caves were mined originally by Stone Age people for ochre and small amounts are still produced to make artists' pigment. Nine impressive well lit caverns are open, going down around 100ft (31m) underground. Mining and geological displays throughout. Good Cafe and Gift Shop, Picnic and children's play area (can also be visited separately from the Caves). Ample free parking. Special events through the year. Spectacular Christmas Fantasy event. Deep Level adventure caving activities and show cave guided tours can be pre-booked. School groups and educational visits a speciality.

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Christmas at the Caves!

This is a wonderful place to visit with children at Christmas! The time spent making the caves look Christmassy and also setting up a story around the caves for children is... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Joanne P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a wonderful place to visit with children at Christmas! The time spent making the caves look Christmassy and also setting up a story around the caves for children is amazing!! Nice little cafe on site although it gets busy and tables fill up quickly.

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Thank Joanne P
Woking, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited here with my Grandsons on the 6th December to see Santa. Its an experience I will never forget, the atmosphere was electric, the work they had put in to please and excite the children (and adults) was 100%. We visited the craft stalls in the caves and stopped for Hot Chocolate. The staff were amazing and nothing was... More 

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Thank ChrisP53
Newport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our third year of visiting Clearwell Caves and it is now a 'must go' place for my six year old daughter, Excellent use of the cave system to provide a magical experience for young and old alike and of course the opportunity to meet the man with the beard. We will be back next year and look forward... More 

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Thank Matthew T
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have visited the Caves on many occasions and rarely been disappointed. Every year the caves are decorated with a lovely story which is brought to life every Christmas by the amazing craft and decoration skills of those involved. The effort and time put in to adorn the caves is truly remarkable. Very much a family event and great for... More 

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Thank Trucky99
Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been planning on this trip for a while, and our friends have recommended the caves to us, they always go before Christmas. We would have loved to have gone before but as you know there is never the time! So we went today the last day of the Christmas holidays, the car park was pretty clear and we... More 

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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited after christmas while the caves are still decorated. Very quiet and we could take our time. Amazing, the amount of effort put in to make this great is wonderful. 6 year old loved to read the story as we went round and the little one just wanted to see what was next. Will definitely visit again next year and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here with my partner and 2 teenage kids. Cases were beautiful, decorated for Christmas. Wish we had come here in December

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Thank Creamcakesrock
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the caves expecting lots of information on the geological and historical aspects of the system and facts and interesting points........nothing of the sort, however we visited in the week between Christmas and new year and there had obviously been a Santa spectacular, but there was no information at all.

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Thank Diane W
Jonathan W, General Manager at Clearwell Caves, responded to this review

Hi Diane, thank you for your review, sorry you did not know that we were showing Christmas displays at this time. We try to make clear in all our advertising and on the website, that we are in the final part of showing our Christmas displays, until 3rd Jan. We have been doing the Christmas event now for 30 years,... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We thought we were visiting an old iron ore mine. Well! Loud and jolly Christmas music seemed totally inappropriate, but this was topped by the decorations which totally masked all the old mine workings. A true Santa's Grotto! Beautifully done and a labour of love, but not what we were expecting. This should be clearly advertised as such. There was... More 

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Forest of Dean, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a beautiful experience! They have put so much though and effort into this experience it really put us in the Christmas mood. We will be returning every year from now on!

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