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Clearwell Caves

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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What a fascinating place. Not only do you get to go into caves you get to hear the history of the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Bristol, United Kingdom
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Excellent value for money

The caves are highly informative and very good value for money as we spent around an hour and a... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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While discovering the Forest of Dean, go beneath the Forest floor and discover a whole new world. This is a natural cave system mined for ochre pigments and iron ore for over 4,500 years. Nine caverns have now been opened to visitors, with exciting...more
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
| The Rocks, Clearwell,, Coleford GL16 8JR, England
+44 1594 832535
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

What a fascinating place. Not only do you get to go into caves you get to hear the history of the mine. A few things we learnt surprised me but I won't spoile it for you. Sensible shoes is a must. Self guided tour, so...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The caves are highly informative and very good value for money as we spent around an hour and a half exploring them. A very interesting and fun trip for visitors of all ages.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We very much enjoyed visiting Clearwell Caves as there was plenty of caves to explore underground - when we visited it was just us with no one else so very quiet! It would’ve been nice if there was more of a story behind it or...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank PADZUK
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Arrived after 2pm and there was little choice of food, sadly, and the tea was a little disappointing. The café, adjacent to the Clearwell Caves tourist attraction, describes itself as a destination in its own right which might be a slight exaggeration.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were visiting the area and had just come from Puzzlewood and wanted to finish filling the day, The main advantage with this is that there is no need to get mucky or dirty as the trail round is a good head clearance and width,...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank Christopher A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very interesting place to visit. Kids loved it. Would recommend if you have a couple of hours to spare. Nice drive through the forest too.

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank dchotspur
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit during a holiday in Wales. Reasonable price an nice to wander round the caves at our own pace. The underground lake towards the end was mesmerising! Not overly impressed with the gift shop or the selection in the coffee shop...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank CuddlyCakeCat
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quite hard to find without a sat nav but worth the effort. Self guided tours with information boards. Disappointed that the only reference to Doctor Who was one photo of David Tennant when the advertising refers to the filming that took place in the caves...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank Duncan R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The website gives the impression that all three types of cave experience are available every day. This IS NOT THE CASE! The semi-deep caving and deep-level caving are only available on certain days and only at 1pm (which is great when you’ve turned up at...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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jonathanw955, Manager at Clearwell Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are sorry you did not book the caving trip. Hopefully you found an activity you enjoyed on the day. Our caving trips are a great adventure into the wilder part of the mine workings and they require a skilled, qualified guide to be available...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Saw an advert for the Clearwell Caves and decided it would be somewhere different to visit - what a lovely place, my husband and I enjoyed our visit that we visited a second time. Interesting and well worth a visit.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Ben C
March 13, 2019|
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Response from James M | Reviewed this property |
We went to see Santa in his grotto. It was excellent, though it does get busy so check at time of booking if this is a concern.
Richard S
December 21, 2018|
Response from TillyGloucester | Reviewed this property |
I printed mine off I didn’t have a signal there
Lindsay R
November 6, 2018|
Response from jonathanw955 | Property representative |
Hi this is the time for entry into the Caves, once in you follow a set route and can take your own time. The time of entry allows half an hour to get in from the booked time, once in you can take whatever time you wish to go... More