Exciting new display revealing the marine life that created the Carboniferous limestones 340 million years ago, when the Forest of Dean was below sea level and down by the Equator!

There are caving activities throughout the year allowing you to venture well beyond public areas. Suitable for individual, families etc; you visit exciting and fascinating areas created by past mining. Schools and other group organisers can book their own trips, usually available at any other time. Check our Caving Page or Events Page for all the details.

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

Amospheric natural caverns mined for iron ore and ochre, to make up one of Britain's most complex and oldest mine workings. The mines date back well over 4,500 years, when people began digging ochre pigments to make paints. Iron ore miners later created a warren of underground passageways connecting the huge caverns. Displays throughout the workings tell the story of the people (including children) that worked here.

Exciting events including Adventure Caving CLICK TO GO DEEPER!


General Opening Times:
13 February to 2nd November 2016

  • Daily 10am - 5pm
  • Entrance Costs: Adults £6.50 ; Child: £4.50 ; Concessions: £5.50.
  • 9 large caverns are open to the public, with mining and geological displays throughout. Visitor Centre, Shop and Cafe. Picnic area.
Visit the Caves
Caves & Museum
Caving Activities
Go Deeper
History Uncovered
Mining & More
Archery Event
Upcoming Events in the caves August 28th
New On-Site Campsite
Traditional Camping!
Ochre Mining
Still mined today
Events in the Caves
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