Towns & Villages in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

Discover our Towns & Villages

Our historic towns and villages are one of things that make exploring a new area a delight. From the independent specialist shops to the monuments, important buildings and ancient churches plus all the great cafes and pubs to the interesting walks, cycle routes and days out, there is something for all tastes to be found.

If you're staying nearby you may want to stock up on provisions from one of the delis or farm shops, pick up some souvenirs or local produce, pop into a tourist information or enjoy a meal out. Click on any of the towns or villages for more information or browse the map to see where they are located.

Take your time and explore the old mining towns of the Forest of Dean, the castle towns of Monmouthshire or the market towns of Herefordshire. Even better find a great pub and have a long lunch!

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Longhope

Longhope lives up to its name and is a very long village. Mentioned in the Domesday Book, it has a rich history but is a typical English village and that is its charm.

Towns and Villages in or near Longhope


Newnham-on-Severn

A small village on the banks of the River Severn with walks, views and is one of the best spots to view the Severn Bore

Towns and Villages in or near Newnham


Coleford

One of the small market towns in the Forest, Coleford is also its administrative centre. Centrally placed it is an ideal location for exploring the area with many of the main attractions nearby.

Towns and Villages in or near Coleford


Monmouth - Trefynwy

Historic market town on the Welsh borders with lots of independent shops and great places to eat and drink

Towns and Villages in or near Monmouth


Hereford

An old walled city, dating from Saxon times, Hereford is the area’s administrative, commercial, cultural and agricultural centre.

Towns and Villages in or near Hereford


Parkend

Once an industrial centre, the village is now a peaceful backwater surrounded by woodlands and is an ideal base for exploring the Forest on foot or cycle.

Towns and Villages in or near Parkend


Brockweir

Brockweir is a small but attractive village located alongside the River Wye

Towns and Villages in or near Tintern


Clearwell

Small village close to Coleford with a historic past based on its castle and mining. Clearwell caves, a former iron mine is open to the public.

Towns and Villages in or near Clearwell


Whitecroft

A traditional Forest village with woodland walks, two pubs and a Dean Forest Railway station

Towns and Villages in or near Lydney


Lydbrook

The village, with its rich industrial history, occupies the steep sided valley close to the Rive Wye. It is an ideal based for walking cycling and enjoying the river.

Towns and Villages in or near Lydbrook


Penallt

Small village high above the River Wye, just south of Monmouth. It has two pubs, a nature reserve and a church that is well worth visiting. In the autumn it hosts a popular art event.

Towns and Villages in or near Monmouth


Much Marcle

Interesting and historic village in the heart of Herefordshire's cider country.

Towns and Villages in or near Ross-on-Wye