Did you know that Clearwell Caves were first opened to the public 50 years ago?  So we are celebrating this landmark anniversary with exciting events later this year, keep watching our events page

Clearwell Caves were originally opened to visitors in 1968, by my father Ray Wright, who was inspired to show visitors the amazing world of ancient iron mines hidden beneath the Forest of Dean. I joined him full time in 1984 and today there are nine caverns open to visitors, with fascinating displays. 

The whole family will love discovering ancient caverns and the stories behind them.


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

An extensive natural cave system, mined for iron ore, set in a beautiful valley. Walk through nine caverns with exciting displays throughout. Remarkably, Clearwell Caves have been mined for ochre pigments for over 4,500 years, and small amounts of ochre are still produced here today. You see our ochre workshop where pigment is prepared and then sold in our mine shop. Iron ore for smelting was mined here for over 2,000 years, until 1945, making Clearwell Caves one of the most complex, ancient and fascinating mine systems in Britain.

"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.
  • 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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