Clearwell Caves

Clearwell Caves, Coleford: Hours, Address, Clearwell Caves Reviews: 4.5/5

Clearwell Caves
4.5
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
While discovering the Forest of Dean, go beneath the Forest floor to discover a whole new world. This is a natural cave system mined for ochre pigments and iron ore for over 4,500 years. Nine large caverns and winding passageways are open to visitors, with exciting displays throughout your journey. On the surface, the Lamp Room Cafe serves delicious cakes, coffees and snacks. There's a great Gift Shop with studio ceramics, jewellery, gems and gifts. Children's play area. The Cafe, Gift shop and play area, can be visited separately from the Caves. Dogs are welcome in the cafe and shop but are not allowed underground. Nice walks over the surrounding common land (Clearwell Meend). Plenty of free parking. Exciting special events through the year, including underground music and theatre. Try the adventure caving, to the lower levels - check website for dates. Discover the Wonder of Under.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Billy M
1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Couples
We visited the caves after xmas .it was really nice down there decorated very christmassy to say the least will visit again when we return to the forest later this year
Written December 31, 2021
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Nicola J
1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Family
Absolutely magical experience with beautiful Christmas scenes with all the forest animals, a lovely warm and welcoming Santa and elves and a really nice gift! So much hard work and thought have gone into this experience, with covid safety measures that in no way detracted from our trip.
Written December 21, 2021
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Anne
Bristol, uk11 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
first time visiting. the Christmas displays was making both my 4 year old and 18 month old loved it as did all the adults. will definitely go again and drag some others with us next time. xx
Written December 21, 2021
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BecciY
Gloucestershire, UK1,223 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
We visited for the Christmas at Clearwell of which had been recommended to us. We awaited our time slot with a delicious coffee and friendly service at the lamproom cafe. The Christmas trail was so magical, it exceeded my expectations. It was also longer than I thought it would. So much attention to detail and hard work put in. Good quality gift choice too. There’s a few market stalls and a pop up cafe mid way though (be warned toilets at entrance to caves). We had such a wonderful time. Cash and card both accepted everywhere.
Written December 11, 2021
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Kim Q
1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Family
What a magical experience the Christmas attraction is. Extremely well organised and executed. Unlike anything else we have visited. The underground atmosphere, lighting and scenery is absolutely superb.
Written December 8, 2021
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Hevs
Taunton, UK11 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
A lovely visit on an otherwise soggy day. The caves were, dare I say it, better than the Cheddar equivalent I had grown up with. A lot less commercial. For a nominal sum the experience was fantastic. The combo of a cave system and mine was fascinating. The staff were friendly and helpful plus the coffee shop was excellent with proper coffee and home made cakes catering for differing food requirements (myself being gluten free). All in all, a great visit!
Written October 10, 2021
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Tony B
Leicester, UK17 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
I rarely bother writing reviews but this was so astounding I had to do it. In general I love visiting caves and I've visited caves in many different countries. These caves are definitely worth a visit in their own right, but this was more than just a cave visit. The way the history of mining in the area was integrated into the experience was brilliantly done. And towards the end there was a beautiful additional visual experience related to the history of the local geology. I'm not going to describe how all this was done - go and experience it for yourself.
Written September 27, 2021
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Luke
4 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
If your in the area, it’s a must visit. Fabulous attraction that kept three young boys occupied for over 3 hours
Written September 7, 2021
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nathan b
Northampton, UK96 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
One of the best cave visits we’ve even been on. Massive cave system which you are free to explore without a guide.good value
Written September 3, 2021
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Amirah
Birmingham, UK737 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Interesting place, nice comfortable walk! It’s a nice place to visit, full of history. A bit colder inside but well worth the visit! However, very sad to know that young kids used to work there!

Recommend a visit to everyone!
Written August 30, 2021
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Clearwell Caves is open:
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM