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Explore exciting natural caverns, mined for iron ore over many thousands of years. The whole family will love discovering  this amazing landscape,  lying deep beneath the Forest of Dean, with fascinating tales to tell.



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 mines in Britain. Explore impressive caverns, with exciting displays and immerse yourself in the 'wonder of under' below the Royal Forest of Dean.

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

Lots of dates have been added to our special TRY CAVING events. Join an experienced mine leader for a fun and exciting trip. Venture far beyond the show caverns, on an adventure caving activity. Booking and details are on our events page

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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