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Clearwell Caves

| The Rocks, Clearwell, Coleford GL16 8JR, England
+44 1594 832535
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Thoroughly enjoyed it here

We were in the Forest of Dean for a wedding and the caves were nearby so we thought we have a look... read more

Reviewed today
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
via mobile
Fairly interesting

The mines are about 100 feet underground, the walk through is not for people who have mobility... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
London, United Kingdom
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Impressive natural caverns that have been mined for ochre and iron ore over 4,500 years. Visit nine impressive caverns, going down around 100ft (31m) underground. Displays throughout. Spectacular underground projections. Great Cafe and Shop, Picnic and children's play area (can all be visited separately from the Caves). Ample free parking. Special events through the year. Exciting Deep Level adventure caving activities. Great for all the family.
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  • Very good36%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
| The Rocks, Clearwell, Coleford GL16 8JR, England
+44 1594 832535
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Reviewed today via mobile

We were in the Forest of Dean for a wedding and the caves were nearby so we thought we have a look and we loved it. There is a wealth of information on the caves and the iron mining history of the area. We wondered...More

Thank Rooombiter
Reviewed 6 days ago

The mines are about 100 feet underground, the walk through is not for people who have mobility issues. Particularly as the place is very dimly lit ( deliberately , to add authenticity , or due to poorly maintained lights, I would not know ). Does...More

Thank RamjiRA
Jonathan W, Manager at Clearwell Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear Ramji, Thank you for visiting the Caves. I would like to reassure you, that although there is no mobile signal underground at all (Yaay!!) there are emergency telephones throughout the caverns, for emergency use by staff and connected directly to the office, shop and...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

£7 for a adult and £6 for a pensioner. Not the easiest place to find so SAT NAV helps. You go down the caves and see the iron ore that was excavated. Warm clothing recommended as it is a tad cold in the caves.The caves...More

Thank HoneyMonsterontour
Reviewed 1 week ago

From the outside it does not look much but this is a very extensive set of caves well worth the entrance fee with very clear signing an explanation. It is very easy to imagine what it was like to be a boy working for 10...More

1  Thank Brian-Snellgrove
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place for kids and adults alike, also great place to keep the kids entertained if the weather turns

1  Thank Alan G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a visit, enjoyed the screen projected imafes5 across the water in the cave. Interested facts to read along while walking through .

1  Thank CambridgeLady72
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really enjoyed our visit to Clearwell,as dogs are not allowed underground we did the visit in shifts.It took the first party half an hour to go round but took hubby & I an hour.There are interactive parts with lots of interesting facts about.We were the...More

1  Thank Suzanne J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is easy to see why these caves were the background setting to many a film/tv programme. The caves seem otherworldly and well worth a visit .Would love to visit again Be sure to wear appropriate footwear , even though the caves are lit ,...More

1  Thank Mandy W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very interesting place to visit; a lot larger than we were expecting. Attentive to local history with little touches that add to the interest. Good value.

1  Thank MrsNicks100
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really interesting attraction with excellent interpretation and information boards throughout. All self guided underground too which adds to the excitement of being on your own. All very well presented.

1  Thank SteveM999_12
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
How do we get here as we r stopping in Gloucestershire and I haven't got a car.
10 June 2017|
Response from Jonathan W | Property representative |
There is a bus from Gloucester (Nos 31 or 24, the drivers can drop you off before you get to Coleford and there is a 1/4 mile walk to the Caves. Local people will all know which way you need to walk. Hope that helps. Thanks... More
Is Clearwell Caves open on bank holiday Monday?
17 April 2017|
Response from Jonathan W | Property representative |
We are closed today, hope you found something else you will have enjoyed. We are open Tues-Sun, if you are able to visit on another day. Thanks, Jon
Are dogs welcome on site? Thanks
11 July 2016|
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Response from Jonathan W | Property representative |
Yes they are welcome around the site but would not be allowed underground. There are some nice walks around the common and shady car parking if needed. Thanks Jonathan