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Dean Heritage Centre

Camp Mill, Soudley, Soudley GL14 2UB, England
(01594)822170
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Ranked #2 of 2 attractions in Soudley
Type: History Museums
Owner description: The Dean Heritage Centre is one of Gloucestershire's leading attractions. Set across a stunning and fully interactive five acre site, the centre... more » Owner description: The Dean Heritage Centre is one of Gloucestershire's leading attractions. Set across a stunning and fully interactive five acre site, the centre protects and preserves the unique history and heritage of the beautiful Forest of Dean. With a wide range of things to do and see, including five onsite galleries exploring the history of the Forest from the Ice Age to the present day; a reconstructed Victorian cottage; a charcoal burner's camp; an adventure playground; chainsaw carving demonstrations; a variety of animals, an onsite gift shop and cafe there's always something new and exciting to interest, inspire and surprise you.With a full programme of special events, exhibitions, art shows and educational workshops across the year, it's a great day out for all the family. « less
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Kent
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58 reviews 58 reviews
22 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW via mobile

We visited using our tesco clubard vouchers and would highly recommend to any parent and children who love the Gruffalo and Room on the Broom books. Our 17 month old loved seeing the carvings of the characters and the ducks in the pond. The trail was really great and there is a nice little play park and a bridge to... More

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forest of dean
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53 reviews 53 reviews
19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

Brilliant interesting place for younger children interested in the Gruffalo.Great wood carving trail representing the story.lovely play area.Charcoal bodging to show how it,s made.Interesting museum show anything from mining to old fashion living conditions.Great day out.

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south wales
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52 reviews 52 reviews
8 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

This was a great experience. The setting, the wood carvings, the cottage, even the cafe were all impressive. I was born in The Forest and moved away many years ago and this museum and exhibition really brought it home to me what a tough time us Foresters had and how proud we should be. Well done and thank you for... More

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Biggleswade
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

- Kind and informative staff - Interesting displays - Great location - Lots of parking - Lots of activities to do - Great food

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Really sad that our visit to the dean heritage centre was really awful and a massive let down for our children aged 3 and 5. We were excited at what the centre had to offer but on a weekend visit, a Saturday, there was none of the activities on offer, no stone carver or wood carver. One benefit is the... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Loved this place! It has a room on a broom story with models of the characters which my little one loved. There are lots of wooden carved Gruffalo characters too. Really enjoyed our visit.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

We took our grand-children 5 and 7 for a day out, it was a bit damp and muddy but the Broomstick trail is good, the wobbly bridge scary and the rest of the museum interesting. Something for everyone in fact. The cafe is very child friendly with witch themed food. The woodcarver was not there on a weekday in half... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

You've got to get this in context; if you are interested in a variety of historically significant local artefacts and tales and you have a toddler, this place is a gold mine and well worth a visit. In fact, even if you care little for the hammed up nonsense that passes for a trip back in time through the Forest... More

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

We took our ten year old grandson to this excellent museum Bank Holiday Saturday. As well as the usual inside attractions of the museum, cafe etc. there was chainsaw wood carving, bushman survival techniques, wooden bowl carving, charcoal burning, fire baton twirling and a themed "Room on a Broom" event. Lots of Gruffalo sculptures decorate the area. Staff very friendly... More

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bristol
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

We headed over to the Dean Heritage Centre which has been on a list of places to visit for a while. We took our 3 year old son who loved it. On arrival we were greeted a range of wooden carved gruffalo statues which he loved all in front of a picturesque pond and mill house. We did the trail... More

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