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Dean Heritage Centre

Camp Mill, Soudley, Soudley GL14 2UB, England
+44 1594 822170
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The entrance price is far too expensive for such a small amount of interest. Quite a nice little... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
pebblewalker
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Longhope, United Kingdom
Overpriced but interesting

Far too expensive for what was on offer - the exhibits that were there were interesting... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
DaisySorbet
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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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, 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. The Dean Heritage Centre has indoor and outdoor exhibits. If rain stops you enjoying the woodlands, take advantage of our RAINY DAY GUARANTEE and return again free of charge.
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  • Average18%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible6%
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“gruffalo trail” (53 reviews)
“wood carvings” (15 reviews)
“cakes” (21 reviews)
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Camp Mill, Soudley, Soudley GL14 2UB, England
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+44 1594 822170
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"interesting museum"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The entrance price is far too expensive for such a small amount of interest. Quite a nice little place with a doggie friendly cafe looking out onto a lake. Lovely coffee and tried Lavender cake which was light and fragrant. The cafe can be accessed...More

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AJBColeford, Trustee at Dean Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

I'm sorry you didn't find enough to enjoy on our site, we feel it is packed full of stories relating to the History of the Forest of Dean which has such a rich heritage directly related to the unique geology of the area. In addition...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Far too expensive for what was on offer - the exhibits that were there were interesting - especially the sniff quiz! The cottage was cute but really not enough here to justify the entrance fee.More

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AJBColeford, Trustee at Dean Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

It costs an adult £8 to for entry to the Centre. We have a 5 acre site, over 20,000 artifacts plus a reproduction Foresters Cottage, and Mine, charcoal burn area, 5 galleries with stories to tell about the history of the area. The collection of...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the tea shop yesterday. Had a bacon and egg roll and delicious home made soup. All cakes are home made and there is a large selection of teas and coffees. Lovely environment with beautiful pictures, everywhere clean and comfortable. Ideal stop after a walk...More

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Reviewed 7 June 2018

A nice little place, but wouldn't pay that entrance fee again. It isn't huge - the woodland walk was fun with a toddler because of the Gruffalo trail, but otherwise was surprisingly small. Everything feels a bit past its best, with some areas roped off...More

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Reviewed 30 May 2018

My wife and I saw advertisements for wood carving, woodcraft and charcoal making over a 4 day period, so we decided to pop over. Admittedly, we went on day 4, but the adverts we'd seen said that all activities were on. Firstly, the website had...More

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AJBColeford, Trustee at Dean Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2018

I’m sorry you didn’t find the charcoal activities as the fire and wood festival is on Saturday, Sunday and Monday over the bank holiday. They light the charcoal burn at lunchtime on Saturday and break it up on Monday morning, it takes all day to...More

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Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

Popped down to the Dean Heritage Centre in Gloucestershire for a couple hours. Beautiful natural museum set in the stunning Forest of Dean. We had a coffee and sat overlooking a lake full of fish and with a sculpture of a dragon rising up out...More

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AJBColeford, Chair of Trustees at Dean Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2018

We're really pleased you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon. Our craft hut has activities during the school holidays (no extra charge once you are in the Centre) and there are various activities and exhibits throughout the site. I think it's...More

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Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

Lovely little centre,beautiful surroundings and well looked after,very reasonably priced,another English hidden gem

Thank Sarah M
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AJBColeford, Chair of Trustees at Dean Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2018

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review and we're so pleased you found our beautiful corner of the Forest of Dean worth visiting.

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Reviewed 24 May 2018

The museum itself will appeal more to adults with displays relating to local history and the area's industrial past. However, the open air site offers children an opportunity to explore a 5 acre site containing a Hungry Caterpillar trail, a play area, cross at R.E.M....More

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Reviewed 21 May 2018

We visited here because we had been to the lovely tea room which i have to whole heartedly recommend, fresh food, friendly staff. The museum was in my view a little dated but none the less very informative about the local history. The grounds were...More

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Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

Prices are ridiculous for such a tiny place. £8 per adult for the space is disgusting, Don’t waste your money. I’m usually generous with reviews but couldn’t be with this place. Better places are the butterfly zoo wye valley and bird of prey international centre....More

Thank Charlotte H
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AJBColeford, Chair of Trustees at Dean Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2018

I'm so sorry you didn't find much to see at the Centre. We have a 5 Acre rural site and for families with tiny tots there is not only the Gruffalo trail - just long enough for toddlers to walk along. You can read the...More

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Dogs aren't allowed in the centre but are allowed on the cafe balcony and in the car park
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