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Explore exciting caves, with displays throughout, telling the intriguing story of Forest of Dean iron mining over many thousands of years. The whole family will love discovering the hidden landscape that lies deep beneath the Forest of Dean.

Lots of dates have been added to our special TRY CAVING events. Join an experienced mine guide for a fun and exciting trip, venturing far beyond the show Caves, on an exciting caving trip. Booking details on our events page. 



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

Set in a beautiful valley, this extensive natural cave system has been mined for iron ore and pigments for more than 4,500 years, making Clearwell Caves one of the most ancient, complex and fascinating mine systems in Britain. Today, you explore impressive caverns, with exciting displays throughout and immerse yourself in the hidden world lying deep beneath the Forest of Dean.

"No visit to the Forest of Dean is complete without seeing the Caves" - a recent visitor comment. 

General Opening Times for 2018:
We are now open.

  • 7 days a week - from February half term - 10am-4pm, then 30th March to 2nd September - 10am-5pm, then from 3rd September to 28th October 2018 - 10am-4pm
  • Entry: For the show mine the prices are Adults £7.50 ; Children (ages 4 to 16): £5.50 ; Concessions: £6.50 ; Under 4's free. Family tickets: (2+2) £24.00 (2+3) £27.50.
  • Please note - for three days only - we will be closed from 20th to 22nd May 2018
  • 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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