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Got a question or want more information?
Please check our ‘frequently asked questions’ section, or give us a call.

When are the caves open?

We are open 7 days a week - from February half term 10am-4pm then from 30th March - 10am-5pm, then from 3rd September to 28th October 2018 - 10am-4pm.

Please Note: One off closing of the caves will happen on the 12th, 13th, 14th September 2018 - on those three days the caves will not be open to the public.

What is included, what can I see?

You walk through 9 large caverns that are open to the public, with mining and geological displays throughout. Visitor Centre, Shop and Cafe. Picnic area. The underground visit takes around 45 minutes.

Do you offer guided tours?

Yes we do. Guided Tours available for pre-booked groups, no extra charge but minimum of 15 persons. Schools and educational visits are a speciality. Tours take between 1-1.5 hrs, plus time in shop etc.

What clothing should I wear?

You can visit wearing your normal clothing and normal footwear, although it is advisable to wear something warm even in summer as the temperature is always 10 degrees underground. Please wear well fitting footwear with a reasonable grip.

How much does it cost to visit?

For the show caverns the prices on the door are Adults £8.00 ; Children (ages 4 to 16): £6.00 ; Concessions: £7.00 ; Under 4's free. Family tickets: (2+2) £25.00 (2+3) £30.00.

Tickets are available both at reception and online. Book online for discounted prices!

Please note that different prices or additional charges may apply for evening trips and for some of our special events, including our Christmas Fantasy event; to check event prices please see our Events page for details. We reserve the right to alter prices or events at any time.

Are the caves easily accessible?

Please be aware that the Caves are real mine workings and may not be suitable for people with walking difficulties. The pathways are steep and uneven, they can be wet in places depending on the weather, there are handrails in parts where it is steeper. You can take a buggy through, but it is difficult for wheelchairs, and it is not suitable for mobility scooters.

Do you have a guide book?

Yes, our colour 20 page guide book gives a cavern by cavern tour of the Caves and includes interesting local geological and historical information. They can be purchaed for £3.50 each.

Are dogs allowed in the Caves?

We welcome dogs above ground, but they not allowed underground in the Caves. Dogs are welcome to go in the café and shop.There are some nice walks over the common which are easily accessible from here.

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Clearwell Caves, Nr Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 8JR

Quick Directions

Follow the brown tourist signs from Coleford town centre.

The caves are 1.5 miles south of Coleford town centre in Gloucestershire.

From Coleford town centre follow the B4228 to St Briavels and Chepstow. After approximately 1 mile, turn right for Clearwell village (immediately after the Lambsquay Hotel). The car and coach park is immediately visible on your left after a few hundred yards.


Nearest Railway Stations

LYDNEY – 5 miles, bus to Coleford, alight at Milkwall, three-quarter mile walk to Clearwell Caves.

GLOUCESTER – 21 miles, Stagecoach bus No.31, alight at Milkwall, three-quarter mile walk to Clearwell Caves.


Please stay on the pathways, do not climb on any rocks.

Please supervise and assist children as the caves are steep in places.

Call in advance for information on disabled access.

Not suitable for those who have difficulty walking.

Visit our FAQs section for further information.

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