At the moment the Caves are closed to the public except for pre-booked groups.

Come and see us soon when we re-open for half-term on February 10th.

Did you know that Clearwell Caves were opened to the public for the first time 50 years ago this year!!!  They were first opened in 1968 by my father Ray Wright, inspired to show people the hidden world of ancient iron mines beneath the Forest of Dean. I joined him full time in 1984 and together we have opened 9 caverns with fascinating displays. Today we also take pre booked trips adventure caving through parts exactly as the miners left them. See events page.

The whole family will love discovering these atmospheric caverns and the fascinating stories behind the people that created these impressive iron mine workings, over thousands of years.


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

An extensive natural cave system, set in a beautiful valley. Walk through the show-caves and mine workings with exciting displays throughout. Remarkably, Clearwell Caves have produced artists' pigment for over 4,500 years and ochre pigments are still mined here today. You see our ochre workshop where pigment is still produced. Iron ore was mined here for over 2,000 years, until 1945; making Clearwell Caves one of the most complex and ancient mine systems in Britain. Going underground here is a great experience for all the family and an essential part of any visit to the Forest of Dean.

General Opening Times for 2018:
We are now closed until 10th February.

  • Re-open 10th February to 29th October 2018 10am – 4pm - 7 days a week
  • Entry: Adults £7.00 ; Children (ages 4 to 16): £5.00 (Under 4’s Free of Charge) ; 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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