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Clearwell Caves Ancient Iron Mines

Coleford, Gloucestershire, England

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Attraction Information

  • Caves and Mines icon Caves and Mines

Suitable for ages: Babies and Toddlers (0-3), Young Children (4-8) and Older Children (9-12)

Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor

Clearwell Caves are a natural cave system that has been mined over the past 4,500 years to form some of Britain's most atmospheric and oldest underground mine workings, created by generations of Forest people who carved a living from mining iron ore. There are bonus activities during children's holidays too and special events around Halloween and Christmas to look forward to!

Adventurers of all ages will enjoy the 9 impressive caverns open to the public, with geological and mining displays throughout. Learn how things work at the Blacksmith workshop and see how art was made with ochre! All supported by an excellent shop and cafe plus a great children's adventure playground.

If you can get a group together then you can also book a Deep Level or Semi Deep Level guided exploration, where you'll not only explore further into the caves than everyone else but you'll do it through scrambling, squeezing and climbing through tunnels and access shafts. Filthy but fabulous fun for adventurous types and of course an experienced professional guide alongside and everything you need kitted up for you.


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Getting There and Contact Information


Royal Forest of Dean, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 8JR, England


Click here to visit Clearwell Caves Ancient Iron Mines's website
01594 832535

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

13 February to 1st November 2016

Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00 (last entry 16:00)


General Admission

Adults: £7.50

Kids (4-16): £5.50

Concessions: £6.50

Family from £24.00

More Information

Eating information

Cafe: serving baguettes, homemade soups and delicious cakes. Range of snacks and drinks including Illy coffee.


Toilets, disabled toilets and baby changing facilities.

Gift shop

Shop sells a wide range of gifts, books, maps, souvenirs and beautiful mineral/silver jewellery.

Baby food facilities

Milk warming service.


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