Exciting displays, meet prehistoric sea life whose bones and shells have created the limestone here, 345,000,000 years ago!  

Explore atmospheric caverns, telling the fascinating story of miners who created these extensive workings.  

Feeling really adventurous? You can even book to go on an exciting caving adventure, going far beyond the show caves. Challenging, dirty and fun. For Father's Day we have a real caving challenge for Dad!!


We always add to our exciting events, take a look at our events page



Clearwell Caves, a uniquely special home to so many amazing things!

A natural cave system set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Amazing show caves and mine workings with exciting displays. Remarkably, this mine has produced artists' pigment for over 4,500 years right up to the present day. Iron ore has been mined here for over 2,000 years, until 1945; making Clearwell Caves one of Britain's most complex and ancient mine workings. When visiting the Forest of Dean, a visit underground here is a great experience for all the family. 


General Opening Times for 2017:
We are open 7 days a week.

  • Now until 3rd September 2017 - 10am – 5pm
  • 5th September until 29th October 2017 10am – 4pm
  • Entry: Adults £7.00 ; Children (ages 4 to 16): £5.00 ; Concessions: £6.00.
  • 9 large caverns are open to the public, with mining and geological displays throughout. Visitor Centre, Shop and Cafe. Picnic area.
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