THIS IS WHERE THE JOURNEY BEGINS

When you’re looking for days out with the kids, or things to do in the Royal Forest of Dean, think deeper, think beneath your feet; because hidden beneath the trees of the forest is a magical world of caverns and the fascinating story of our ancient iron and ochre mining history for you to discover.

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OPENING TIMES

We are open for selected dates through October. All dates and times open are as shown on the booking pages. Special openings can be arranged for groups, please telephone to arrange.
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TICKETS & PRICING

 

 

Adults: £9.50

Child (5-16) £7.50

Concessions: (student, OAP) £8.50

Family: (2+2) £32

Family: (2+3) £38

Guide Book:  £3.50 available at the entrance, shop or cafe.

Guided tours available for parties over 15 persons, please telephone to book.

 

Children 4yrs and under are free of charge. There is no need to book a ticket for them.

No dogs or other animals allowed into the mine.  However they are very welcome in the Lamproom  café, mine gift shop and around the site. There are also lovely walks around the common, please ask if you would like further information.

 

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ABOVE GROUND

Our extensive natural cave system was mined for iron, to create one of the most ancient, exciting, complex systems in Britain. The Caves are set in a beautiful valley, on the edge of the Royal Forest of Dean; we are easy to find and fun to explore, deep underground.

Above ground there is ample free parking for visitors. Our Lamproom café offers lovely cakes, snacks, great coffees and teas. Outside seating.

 

Clearwell Caves – Ancient Iron Mines, Nr Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 8JR.

THE LAMPROOM CAFÉ

The Lamproom Café sits above ground and is the only marker for the adventure taking place below. To operate safely, the Cafe will just be providing a Take-away service; with delicious cakes, snacks, teas and your favourite coffees.

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Gift Shop

As with everything we like to do, our gift shop is a little different; alongside things to excite the children you’ll find a range of sweets and treats, the finest range of artists' ochres mined from here, bespoke ceramic creations coloured by those very ochres, hand made jewellery, gifts, collectables and other geological and cave related items to continue your discovery once your cave journey is at its end.

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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 ‘Calico’ at Lambsquay crossroad). The car and coach park is clearly signposted after a few hundred yards.

SATNAV: GL16 8JR. When close to the Caves, for the final part of your journey, please follow brown tourism signposting to arrive at our carpark.

Free Parking

Free Parking is available on-site for visitors to Clearwell Caves, the Lamproom Café and shop.

Disabled parking and access is available near the entrance to the caves, café and giftshop, please call us on 01594 832535 for more details.

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.

https://www.thetrainline.com/

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OUR CAMPSITE

The adventure isn’t limited to what’s below ground, why not pitch your tent on our lovely field and spend the night camping out in the Royal Forest of Dean, right at the heart of it all. The field has a tap for water and a discrete but clean, portable loo. Camping is only available for a short time during the summer, (tents only). £10 per adult, £6 per child. Please give us a call to find out dates.

VISITING US FAQs

When are the caves open?

We are open as shown on the calendar on our booking pages https://clearwellcaves.com/events/book-your-tickets/

Green dates shown are operating days and when you click the selected date, it shows the times and number of tickets available for that day.

To ensure entry, please book online in advance. You can pay at the entrance if there are places available, it may require a short wait.

What is included, what can I see?

Clearwell Caves are an amazing natural cave system, that has been mined for ochre and iron ore for thousands of years. You walk through ten caverns, descending around 100ft underground, with displays throughout. Caves, Visitor Centre, Pre-booked activities, Shop and Cafe. The underground visit takes around 45 minutes. Allow at least 1.5-2hrs for your visit.

Do you offer guided tours?

Yes we do. Guided Tours can be booked for groups, or are available on advertised days; there is a charge for the guide (currently £40) and we require a minimum of 15 persons. Schools and educational visits are particularly welcome. Tours take between 1-1.5 hrs, plus time in loos, shop/cafe etc. Information can be focussed towards particular interests, as well as an overview of the mine's incredible history.

What clothing should I wear?

Visit wearing your normal clothing and footwear. However we recommend you wear something warm, even in summer as the temperature is always 10 degrees underground. Wear well fitting footwear with a good grip. Sanitiser dispensers are available at the beginning and end of your visit.

Please respect social distancing throughout your visit.

How do I change my booking time/date?

Please contact us directly if you need to change or amend your booking (subject to availability). Call us on +44(0)1594 832535 or email: [email protected] Please give at least 24hrs notice, see our Terms and Conditions. There is a £3.00 admin charge to change or transfer a booking (per transaction not per ticket).

How much does it cost to visit?

See: https://clearwellcaves.com/plan-your-visit/
Please note that different prices or additional charges apply for evening trips and for some special events, including our Christmas Event, Archie and the Unicorn. To check event prices please see our Events or the booking page for details. We reserve the right to alter our prices or events as circumstances may require.

Are the caves easily accessible?

Please be aware that the Caves are real mine workings and may not be suitable for some people with walking difficulties. The pathways are steep and uneven in quite a few areas, they can be wet in places depending on the weather, there are handrails in steeper areas. Please wear footwear with a good grip and walk carefully. You can take a children's single buggy through, but it is difficult for wheelchairs, and double buggies, the Caves are not accessible for mobility scooters or heavier electric wheelchairs.

Do you have a guide book?

Yes, our colour 20 page guide book gives a cavern by cavern tour of the Caves and includes fascinating information. Books can be purchased at the Caves for £3.50 each.

Are dogs allowed in the Caves?

We welcome dogs above ground, but they are not allowed underground in the Caves. Dogs are very welcome in the café and shop. There are nice walks over the Meend (common) surrounding the Caves.

Can I cancel my tickets?

We will refund or transfer your ticket(s) up to 24hrs before the booked time for your visit (subject to availability). There is a £3.00 cancellation or transfer fee for any refund or booking transfer (fee per transaction, not per ticket), to cover the card and ticketing transaction. Refunds are made by our ticketing company, to the original purchasing card. This can take a few days: please see the full Terms and Conditions.

CONQUER THE UNKNOWN WITH THE CLASS, CO-WORKER, OR CREW

(SCHOOL & GROUPS)

We have taken groups underground from our very first days we opened to the public in 1968. We provide exciting guided trips and caving activities. Elements of education and entertainment are balanced to suit the group’s interests or projects.

 

There are four main types of visit available to groups:

SELF GUIDED VISIT

The group lead themselves through the show caverns.

Allow 40mins-1hr*

GUIDED TOUR

Groups are taken through the show caverns by an experienced guide.

Allow 1.5hrs*

SEMI-DEEP LEVEL VISIT

A part guided tour of the show mine combined with a simple caving activity. The group wear helmets, lamps and overalls. You will be crawling in places and may get a little dirty.

Allow at least 2hrs*

DEEP LEVEL VISIT

The group are kitted out with helmets, lamps, overalls and wellies and go on a full caving activity. The trip involves crawling and scrambling down to 200ft underground, through ancient cave and mine workings.

Allow at least 3hrs*

* Times shown for the underground part of the visit, extra time should be allowed for your arrival, use of loos, shop, café etc. Times can be varied to your requirements, if you let the guide know when you arrive.
It is a legal requirement for any person under 18 years old (a young person) to be accompanied throughout the trip by one of their parents or their legal guardian. A short form needs to be completed before the trip.

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Please contact us by email if you would like to hire the Caves for an event: [email protected]

LOCATION FOR TV & FILM

A place this otherworldly, this historic, this mysterious and atmospheric, makes a fantastic backdrop for anything underground.  Ample vehicle parking.

ALSO NEARBY

After you’ve unearthed the hidden world of the caves and local mining history, make the most of what the Royal Forest of Dean has to offer. Discover more nature, new adventures, more history and discover how far your legs can take you on one of many stunning walking routes. Discover:

Forest of Dean

Hopewell Colliery
Forest of Dean History
Dean Heritage
Dean Forest Railway

Newland church

Symonds Yat

Abenhall Church

Wyedean Tourism

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