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Clearwell Caves

Closed Now: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Birthday outing

We went to the caves as a last thing to do on a birthday trip. It was nice and quiet when we... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Leicester, United Kingdom
Interesting and informative

A really interesting tour of the caves and gave you a great impression of when it was in full... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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“cave system”(20 reviews)
Visit the hidden Forest of Dean that lies below the surface. Impressive caves that have been mined for iron ores for over 4,500 years. Nine caverns with exciting displays throughout, showing the Caves formation and how they were worked over...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
| Clearwell, Coleford GL16 8JR, England
+44 1594 832535
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We went to the caves as a last thing to do on a birthday trip. It was nice and quiet when we arrived, it is a self lead tour starting with the working area that is still used to mine local ochre powders and then...More

Thank tangeyg
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A really interesting tour of the caves and gave you a great impression of when it was in full operation. Small informative museum with gift shop and cafe Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Thank emman7
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was raining so we were looking for activities where we could stay dry. Spent about 1.5 hours in the caves. Very interesting & even the kids 9, 11 & 14 all enjoyed it although the youngest ones were more interested in hiding rather than...More

Thank 76emmajtp
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As there were no children running around you had time to look around. They are large and deep, but plenty of sure footing. They have lit them sympathetically, bit I felt with colour light it could of been more interesting. Well worth the visit, and...More

Thank blueboytwo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great morning walking the mines...atmospheric with a great amount of information about the workings. Lots of interesting exhibits around the tour including equipment across the hundreds of years the mines have operated, voice tracks and recorded atmospheric noises that add to the experience. Very nice...More

Thank Josh G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were a party of 8 with two children, and we had a lovely time walking the mines, very surreal and interactive throughout. Also a lovely cafe and gift shop ☺️

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great caverns/mine system to explore. We decided to go for self guided tour as we were with our toddler and his buggy! I must say was surprised with its accessibility with enough areas of darkness and twists to keep it interesting. Well worth the visit...More

2  Thank MD P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was raining on the day, so my wife and I payed a visit here after picking up a tourist leaflet at a local pub.It is a combination of natural cavern and iron mine. There are plenty of exhibits to look at , old tools...More

1  Thank Matt G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This visit is really a little gem. The walk underground took about 90minutes. Besides the mining they explored the sonar activities of bats and the prehistoric era of this area..

1  Thank helen_125_12
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On damp morning we decided to pay Clearwell a visit. The first part of it was an exhibition telling you about the history of the caves and the people who worked there and then you walked into the caves be sure to wrap up warm...More

2  Thank Catherine L
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Darren J
September 27, 2017|
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Response from Jonathan W | Property representative |
Dogs are welcome around the site, including the shop or cafe, but not allowed underground in the mine. There is a large common for walks. Thanks
June 10, 2017|
Response from Jonathan W | Property representative |
There is a bus from Gloucester (Nos 31 or 24, the drivers can drop you off before you get to Coleford and there is a 1/4 mile walk to the Caves. Local people will all know which way you need to walk. Hope that helps. Thanks... More
April 17, 2017|
Response from Jonathan W | Property representative |
We are closed today, hope you found something else you will have enjoyed. We are open Tues-Sun, if you are able to visit on another day. Thanks, Jon