Puzzlewood
Amusement & Theme Parks • Nature & Wildlife Areas
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Puzzlewood - A Magical Day Out in the Forest of Dean. Why is Puzzlewood magical? Is it the maze of pathways winding through deep gulleys of moss covered rocks, the twisted roots of the Yew trees or the bridges, ‘lookouts’ and features to find on your way round? Puzzlewood is enchanting; it has an atmosphere quite unlike any other woodland. Here you can imagine that you are in a fantasy film, and that fantastic creatures lurk round every corner. Puzzlewood is used for Merlin, Dr Who and recently for a new Warner Bros movie called Jack the Giant Killer (release date June 2012). Also onsite are farm animals, willow maze, indoor maze, playground, picnic tables, café and gift shop.
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lioba86
Oxford, UK16 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Lovely bit of woodland but sadly it was not a magical experience.
There are hourly slots for entry, but apart from that, no control over the amount of people entering at the same time, meaning you might walk into the woods together with large groups of badly behaved, screaming kids and uninterested parents, like we unfortunately did. When you show your ticket, there weren't any rules given (i.e. no screaming, running, vandalising), which apparently some children and their parents/guardians might have needed. The woods themselves are very pretty and atmospheric, in particular the first part, but sadly this was not enjoyable due to the above and having to queue for everyone else's selfies. The paths are narrow, we felt rushed around and there was no sense of politeness or basic courtesy from other adults.
When we were about half way through, the crowds dispersed a little as there are different paths that you can take, which felt like a relief (although we could still hear the screams in the distance. No idea why the adults in charge didn't tell the children to behave or stop screaming at the top of their voices..).
There were some nice benches, archways and natural sculptures around, but sad to see some teenagers ripping the coins out of the back of a wooden crocodile... Again
So a partly rushed and uncomfortable walk through the woods, for a hefty £20 for two adults and a toddler.... If you're a fan of movies, are able to come during the day when there are no school holidays and have spare cash, I'd recommend it. Otherwise, no.
Written September 3, 2021
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tp19862011
Windsor, UK4,281 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Puzzlewood feels like a magical place. The deep gorges and high walls through the woods are beautiful. It goes around in a one way system so that you don't miss anything. I think my partner and I enjoyed it more than the children but it is well worth a visit. They have a few farm animals and a play park too which is nice.
There are a lot of uneven paths and steps in the woods, so I wouldn't recommend visiting if you are unsteady on your feet.
Written November 14, 2022
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Karen R
London, UK16 contributions
Jun 2021
Amazing place, such a beautiful place to walk around. My Mum whose 75 managed it with some care. My 5 and 11 year old loved it. Ensure you wear study shoes, as can be wet underfoot. Small number of donkeys and sheep on site, who come and say hi. Plenty of places to sit and eat. Cafe was offering limited coffees, food and lollies, so would recommend taking pack lunch. It takes about 2 hours, so if you have time pop across the road to the Perry Grove railway which is little narrow gauge trains that take you up the hill, with a slow walk down - play area / den building / tree top houses on the way. Can also spend another 2 hrs here. Again cafe was limited so take your own packlunch. We all loved both attractions, Children couldn't be happier.
Written June 6, 2021
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Ladyyy2013
Grantham, UK215 contributions
May 2022
First of all Puzzlewood needs to be booked in advance online. There is no indication of this until after you had parked up and then there was a sign. If you are not normally connected to the Internet then you’ll need to gain access to the Internet to make your booking. If you have an Internet connected device that is portable you can bring that with you and make your booking at the ticket checkpoint.
The area of Puzzlewood takes about one hour to do thoroughly and slowly.
Entry was £25 for two adults and one child.
You get a leaflet- a paper leaflet, weirdly given the digital access - with 20 things to tick off as you go around. This hints at the fact that puzzlewood has been used for film and TV locations in the past. However as you go around there are no indicators at all whatsoever of where these are, so you can’t go to the location of your favourite film or TV programme that was filmed there and take a photo of yourself for, which if that’s always a for going would make the £25 you just felt a bit pointless.
This place is not suitable for wheelchair users or buggies. It is best for families. You will inevitably negotiate your way around a number of families who are comforting crying children, cleaning made off children, tending to injured children.
There is a CAFE and as my diabetic child needed carbohydrates we went there afterwards but we could not get to it partly because of injured children being treated with first aid there. Thankfully my child is a little bit older so I gave him some money go and get an ice cream from the gift shop while I put the pen back in the Darth Vader head. The gift shop does not take money. And there is a rope between you and the Darth Vader head. So be warned if you have an urgent need for sugar simple carbohydrates the person buying them needs to have access to digital money in some form. If you are addressing a hypo and they will not take money I suggest you just eat the ice cream right there and right then.
Written June 2, 2022
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Emi
12 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Awful experience at this attraction. Arrived in our time slot and let in quickly with no queue. This is where the positives ended. We were shown the animals and indicated which way to the woods. The animals appear to consist of one horse a goat and three chickens all of whom did not have much space or appear very happy with no shade despite very high temperatures.

Went to the woods which we were informed on the leaflet had been filming locations for several films no more information on this. No signage or examples. We were aware the woods were uneven and had worn walking boots however the terrain was made worse by aids the attraction had put in. Several of the handrails they made gave way when used or wobbled considerably. There was understandably steep drops at times as it was a forest but no rail around these and excited children running everywhere accident waiting to happen! On top of this no signage and we spent 45 minutes looking for the exit asking people we passed who were doing the same. If someone had of had an accident I do not know how they would have got help, no phone signal and no ability to find the way out.

On top of this about 5 minutes in we met someone mending some of the fencing. Not a problem as there were several bits needing this but he was alone lifting a very large log and rudely asked us to move. Then moved it around for 5 minutes while we were made to wait and was quite rude when we eventually asked to pass.

Serious safety concerns about this place. Pathways too small to allow adults passing each other and therefore lots of waiting and some pushing past for others. Also saw adults there with children smoking weed. Others smoking cigarettes which in this weather with dry ground serious fire hazard but no preventative measures like fire buckets or similar.

Complained to till staff who reported they would pass this on but could not refund etc. not their fault as they were polite and only doing there jobs but not good enough. Would not return and would not recommend this attraction for adults or children as it is unsafe.
Written August 9, 2022
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Bossdrum
Stoke, UK204 contributions
Sep 2022
As usual, a natural part of OUR land has been claimed.
They add a bridge, an average cafe and a few things that look out of place so they have an excuse to charge the public to walk around what is already ours.
£7? Disgraceful.
We, the public, really need to boycott these places.
Similar with Stonehenge.
They state that you can't go near the stones due to fear of errosion, but, if you pay for a 'special access' tour, suddenly the problem goes away.
Strange how money can stop wear and tear!!
Written October 31, 2022
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idris60
Edinburgh, UK15 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
We live relatively locally to Puzzlewood and have never visited before....now we know why! It was extremely muddy under foot, with the website only advising sturdy shoes, when the only footwear that is suitable is wellies! Very uneven and slippery, our young children struggled. This is a very expensive walk through a, albeit ancient, woodland! There are no information boards whilst in the woods, so, just a walk really! The website advertises the fact that many films have been made here, and yet, there's no mention of these whilst in the woods?? The kids did enjoy the small play area and musical/willow play area....very expensive few hours and we won't be recommending to friends.
Written August 6, 2021
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Elaine C
Gloucestershire, UK72 contributions
Jul 2021
This is a truly lovely place. You can spend as long or as little time as you wish here and each time you go round, you will see something different. I took a 12 year old and an 8 year old and they loved every minute. The animals are well cared for and friendly and the woodland is just beautiful. Yes, there are deep, rugged steps and some muddy areas - it’s not suitable for people with serious mobility issues but if you are reasonably physically able you can manage with no problem. There are lots of fences you can use to help stabilise yourself and it’s all in keeping with the forest. Be aware that any children need to be closely supervised as yes, there are some areas which are potentially hazardous but that’s the case anywhere you go with youngsters
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We cannot comment on the cafe as we didn’t use it but the playground equipment was appreciated by the 8 year old.
It is not an expensive entrance fee and the young people manning the gate and office were lovely - friendly and helpful, even though there was an issue with me not having received a confirmation email for the visit. Thank you for a lovely experience. I hope many more people visit and enjoy this wonderful place as we did.
Written July 29, 2021
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Chilterner101
Oxfordshire, UK87 contributions
Aug 2021
It is a lovely piece of woodland, perhaps unique in it formation from iron workings and erosion. The place is somewhat low-key but very well organised and friendly. Certainly worth a visit at a moderate price and some nice photo opportunities when you are exploring. While booking slots are used, time in the woods is not limited so you wander around to your hearts content, even have your lunch in there is you wanted. HOWEVER, the owners are missing the very obvious point here which is the woods many uses for filming. It is referred to in marketing, it is alluded to on the explorers leaflet (to look out for stormtroopers, wizards etc), but there is absolutely nothing about the film and TV spots within the woods themselves. The explore guide has you seek out interesting spots or objects around the pathways, but NOTHING about Star Wars, Dr.Who, Secret Garden etc. I can only imagine the reason for not flagging these points in the woods with a really good information/image board is to prevent hordes gathering for photo opps at those points .. but really, that is such a draw it should be showcased.
Written September 7, 2021
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MrsCBristol
Chamonix, France16 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
Beautiful woods but overpriced and busy. We’d been before a few years ago with toddlers and recalled it being beautiful. Returned today with slightly older kids and were very disappointed.

Whilst the woods are beautiful and somewhat magical (can understand why filming has taken place here), it’s certainly not worth the cost. You have to book online and there were lots of spaces available, so we hadn’t expected to have to queue to walk around. Be warned, it also becomes a slippery mud Bath if it’s been raining due to the number of people walking through- come prepared!

We wish we had saved our cash and just gone for a walk elsewhere.
Written July 4, 2021
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