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Address: Prosper Lane, Coleford GL16 7JP, England
Phone Number: 01594 810706
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We have been to Hopewell Mine in the past but today was our first visit with children. Our guide today was Rich, one of only thirty freeminers in the Forest of Dean. He was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We have been to Hopewell Mine in the past but today was our first visit with children. Our guide today was Rich, one of only thirty freeminers in the Forest of Dean. He was friendly, informative and had a wonderful way with our children who thoroughly enjoyed the tour, even the part where we all turned our lamps off while... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

A fascinating insight into a small industry that we, and I suspect most others, didn't know existed. Rich is a great guide, and knows everything there is to know; and answers any question. Wonderful, informal tour of the mine, and only £5.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We were welcomed warmly right from the off and my wife and I with our two children (6 & 8) were taken down the mine by Rich and not just left to wander around a few thrown together exhibits as in so many other 'attractions'. Rich is a real Freeminer, not a bought-in tour guide and he effortlessly fired the... More 

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Orleton, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We nearly drove past this mine and missed it! This is a working wine with a fascinating history told by a current miner who took us underground along the dark tunnels only lit by our lamps. Very informative tour with lots of anecdotes and very reasonably priced. A welcome change in today's over commercialised world. We would highly recommend a... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We had a great visit to the mine this week. We arrived early and had a warm welcome by the staff members, drinking a coffee in the cafe and chatting about the local area. We proceeded to go down the mine, the tour was very informative and having been down a few mines across the country it was great to... More 

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Dorset
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

A fantastic tour underground with Richie, an enthusiastic Forest of Dean 'Free Miner'. We went deep underground following a sloping tunnel in which we had to crouch down to avoid hitting our helmets on the tunnel roof. The only illumination is from the lamps on visitors' helmets so it is dark, scary and damp down there. This will not suit... More 

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Forest of Dean, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Hopewell Colliery Mine has recently been re-opened to the public. It re-opened February/March 2015 however; it was still open to schools. Now it is open to the public and hopefully this wonderful place will be appreciated. It is in a beautiful setting (the forest) and has a great café. I was 100% engaged and fascinated in the facts and history... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

We were just passing and nearly didn't stop as the facade is rather uninviting. We were so glad that we did go in and took the tour with the charming guide, Richard. Our young children (4, 8 & 10) were totally engaged with being in a working mine and Richard's knowledge was enjoyed by young and older equally. The children... More 

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

We visited this on recommendation from a friend but had no idea of the free mines in the Forest of Dean and therefore we approached this as total novices not expecting much - especially for the price! But when we asked to do the tour we had our own guide Richard, a free miner himself, and we went deep into... More 

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

This is a brilliant experience. Four of us took the tour with Richard who is welcoming, extremely knowledgeable and thoroughly engaging ... definitely among the best guides we've ever experienced. My dad is not as agile these days and Richard was hugely considerate. After the tour we met and chatted to others working at the mine ... amazing stuff. An... More 

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Address: Address: Prosper Lane, Coleford GL16 7JP, England
Phone Number: 01594 810706
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Gloucestershire  >  Forest of Dean  >  Coleford

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