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Clearwell Caves

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Address: | The Rocks, Clearwell, Coleford GL16 8JR, England
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+44 1594 832535
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10:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Impressive natural caverns that became filled with iron ore and were mined...

Impressive natural caverns that became filled with iron ore and were mined over 4,500 years. The Caves were mined originally by Stone Age people for ochre and small amounts are still produced, for artists' pigment. Visit nine impressive caverns, going down around 100ft (31m) underground. Mining and geological displays throughout. Spectacular underground projections. Great Cafe and Shop, Picnic and children's play area (can all be visited separately from the Caves). Ample free parking. Special events through the year. Exciting Deep Level adventure caving activities and fascinating show cave guided tours can be pre-booked. Great for all the family.

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Don't expect to much. On arrival we weren't sure we were at the right place. Having walked down the hill we found the entrance and a small cafe/restaurant. A family ticket for 4... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Ady J
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Witney, United Kingdom
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Witney, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Don't expect to much. On arrival we weren't sure we were at the right place. Having walked down the hill we found the entrance and a small cafe/restaurant. A family ticket for 4 was £22. Once in the caves it was fantastic our 2 kids loved it, especially the water feature near the exit. Lots too learn while walking round... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I hadn't been for many years an was pleasantly pleased to see the improvement in information supplied within the caves as you walk around. Very informative. It is easy to find, plenty of parking, the cafe is very good. My only criticism is the goods available to buy in shop are really tacky. Considering the amount of "art" available within... More 

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Rochester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

These caves go over 100ft down under the ground - I was surprised how far you could travel. It's very interesting to see - you can even go further with a proper tour guide. I was glad I visited. You can see stalactites and different examples of rock and stone as well as some of the mining equipment and tracks.... More 

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Thank Krisyyy
Warwickshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What do you get at Clearwell Caves, No posh car park, No glitzy signage at the entrance, but a truly fantastic visitor attraction. We visited with our 2 boys aged 14 & 12 and having visited Kents Caverns in Torquay plus various others can only say this outshines them all. This a really authentic and realistic experience, I would recommend... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We tried this as the weather was a bit grey and dreary, a lovely drive in to clearwell, which itself is a chocolate box village, well worth another visit, there looked like plenty of history and great scenery. The caves themselves are huge and the self guided tour is informative and easy to follow, the lady in the shop said... More 

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South Coast of England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We thought that £7 was good value for such interesting explorations under ground! We really liked that you could do this independently and learnt a lot about the area and the mining industry. We spent about an hour wandering around the caves themselves.

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Ammanford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A long time ago I visited but still look at the photos with affection. Full of interest about the history of the area

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hexham
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We wen tot he cave on a drizzly Sunday morning in mid term week thinking that it would keep us entertained for the morning underground and inside. The £7 entry fee didn't seem too bad but in retrospect it was a lot for what you get. The entry/ shop is unprepossessing and needs some updating. The caverns are smaller than... More 

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Jonathan W, Manager at Clearwell Caves, responded to this review

Hi Hexham, Thank you for your feedback. Just to let you know the entrance and shop area at the moment is very temporary as we are renovating the whole shop/entrance area. Work will hopefully be completed in time for Easter, when the season gets fully underway. We are working on quite a few changes to the displays. More 

Gloucester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very interesting place to visit and take children to learn about the history of caving and mining. Very well laid out, although it could do with a few more information plaques on things inside the caves Allow a couple of hours for the visit and take wellies.

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St Albans, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had an unexpectedly lovely time with my wife. Planned on visiting Puzzlewood but it was closed. Luckily this place was just around the corner. Visited mid-week during term time which meant the caves/mines were quiet and atmospheric. Well designed route with lots of exhibits and interesting information. Good for adults only who want to read and learn but I imagine... More 

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