Welcome to Clearwell Caves 4500 Years of Mining History in an Amazing Cave System.
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.