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Experience an atmosphere like no other for two weekends only! 

On 22nd-23rd and 29th-30th May, Clearwell Caves will be opening in a very special way – by candlelight!

Explore the caverns as never before, on a self-guided journey through the mines, with many areas lit only by the flickering light of candles. As you walk along the well-lit path, you will discover what life was like for miners who helped shape the caverns you see today and encounter the creatures whose bones, shells and teeth helped make the rock 350 million years ago.

Places are limited and entry is by online booking only. All paths will be well lit. Please wear strong footwear with a good grip.

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DISCOVER THE WONDER OF UNDER

Underneath the mysterious Royal Forest of Dean lies something spectacular and unseen, an unfathomable natural cave system that has been mined for more than 4,500 years.

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OPENING TIMES

The Caves will re-open from 22nd May

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TICKETS & PRICING

Booking is online only from the 19th April

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ABOVE GROUND

Discover how to find us and let us show you the above and explore below…

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UNEARTH THE ORE-INSPIRING STORY OF THE FREEMINERS

For at least 4,500 years the Freeminers of the Forest have been mining here, leaving behind magnificent caves and an abundance of amazing stories.

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Deep Level Caving: AN EXCITING ADVENTURE BUT UNFORTUNATELY WE ARE NOT ABLE TO OFFER CAVING ACTIVITIES AT THE MOMENT

Our show caverns only scratch the surface of the hidden world under the Forest. We would love to show you the extensive world beyond the public caverns, but this will have to wait a while until current restrictions have been lifted. We will post new dates for adventure caving when they are available once more.

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PLAN YOUR SCHOOL TRIP OR GROUP OUTING WITH US

Adventure is always fun with company. If you have a larger group or class excursion we can tailor a tour, or accommodate your group according to your needs.

Events at Clearwell Caves

The unique thrill of being underground brings an added dimension to any event. From parties, to theatre, concerts or our not so secret Christmas Fantasy spectacular.

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SAVOUR THE DEPTHS OF FLAVOUR AT THE LAMPROOM CAFÉ

The Lamproom Café sits above ground as the only marker for the adventure taking place below. The Cafe will be serving delicious cakes and snacks along with teas and all your favourite coffees. Our café is another delightful discovery hidden amongst the trees of the Forest.

AS SEEN ON SCREEN

A space this unique naturally provides extraordinary magic and wonder, which is why over the years we’ve played host to the filming of numerous programmes such as His Dark Materials, Cursed, Britannia series 1&2, Dr Who, Merlin, The Chronicles of Narnia, Da Vinci’s Demons, Kidnapped and many others.

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