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Clearwell Caves

| Clearwell, Coleford GL16 8JR, England
+44 1594 832535
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Small but worth a visit

The cave is very small but worth the price. The caves are quite dark but thats just part of the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Ryan S
Fastinating historical site

Really fabulous cave network in beautiful surroundings. The cave hosts some lovely events and is a... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Local-lass1969
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Coleford, United Kingdom
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Visit the hidden Forest of Dean that lies below the surface. Impressive caves that have been mined for iron ores for over 4,500 years. Nine caverns with exciting displays throughout, showing the Caves formation and how they were worked over thousands of years. Delicious Lamproom cafe and great Gift Shop; picnic and children's play area (all can be visited separately from the Caves). Free parking. Special events through the year, adventure caving - check website. Discover the Wonder of Under.
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  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“own pace” (30 reviews)
“deep level” (14 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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| Clearwell, Coleford GL16 8JR, England
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Reviewed yesterday

The cave is very small but worth the price. The caves are quite dark but thats just part of the experience so bring a flashlight with you or use the light on your phone. The caves are interesting. There is deep cave there if you...More

Thank Ryan S
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Really fabulous cave network in beautiful surroundings. The cave hosts some lovely events and is a must for anyone with children for a magical Christmas experience.

Thank Local-lass1969
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The Forest of Dean still has a tradition of free miners of minerals, coal and stone. This is an example of an iron ore mine on a small scale. Although there are bookable more adventurous tours requiring caving gear the standard tour is self directed,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From the map shown on the entrance and being told it takes over a hour to view I was a bit disappointed with how small it was. Definitely doesn’t take that long

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting walk into the underground caves, you take yourselves round at your own pace, with information boards to help you to understand, these caves are very gently lit, not suitable for people with low mobility, or very poor eyesight. The idea is to understand...More

1  Thank theoldheaths
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Large car park, shortish walk downhill to cafe, toilets and entrance. Usual hot and cold drinks, excellent well filled baguettes and homemade cakes, coffee not brilliant, didn't hit the spot🙁 Remember, this is an iron ore mining cave system so don't go expecting lots of...More

1  Thank tartancustard
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My partner and I really enjoyed our self guided tour of Clearwell - the small museum area prior to descent was informative and the local sculptor Phyllis Lewis exhibition was fabulous! The caves themselves were a revelation in their sheer size - truly amazing.

2  Thank DaisySorbet
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited with my husband this week and really enjoyed it. The entry price was £7.50 per person I think and this let you do a self guided tour of the museum and caves, which were very interesting, especially if you are interested in Doctor...More

2  Thank Kayleigh B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my fiancee visited this place as we have a really strong interest in things like this. Overall we had a really good time looking around the caves and the history of the mining industry. It's really good for families. The staff are really...More

1  Thank cameronsadler02
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Close to our base we called in here out of curiosity. The entrance belies the interesting space below. Imagination had been used with the display and one bit of it blew me away!

1  Thank Ruth M
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Darren J
27 September 2017|
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Response from Jonathan W | Property representative |
Dogs are welcome around the site, including the shop or cafe, but not allowed underground in the mine. There is a large common for walks. Thanks
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jemina2015
11 June 2017|
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Response from Jonathan W | Property representative |
There is a bus from Gloucester (Nos 31 or 24, the drivers can drop you off before you get to Coleford and there is a 1/4 mile walk to the Caves. Local people will all know which way you need to walk. Hope that helps. Thanks... More
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kellywU71MF
17 April 2017|
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Response from Jonathan W | Property representative |
We are closed today, hope you found something else you will have enjoyed. We are open Tues-Sun, if you are able to visit on another day. Thanks, Jon
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