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!

Download a copy of our market towns trail here.


Trellech

A small village in the Wye Valley that in medieval times was one of the largest towns in Wales. Fine church, Bronze Age standing stones and more. Good walks to Trellech Beacon.

Towns and Villages in or near Monmouth


Caerleon - Caerllion

Caerleon was the site of one of Britain's three permanent Roman Legionary Fortresses. Today, it's a thriving town, where past and present combine to delight both visitors and residents.

Towns and Villages in or near Chepstow


Brockweir

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

Towns and Villages in or near Tintern


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


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


Whitebrook

Small village in a steep sided valley by the Wye which was best known for its paper mills in the 18th and 19th centrury, the remains of which can still be seen. Site of a Michelin starred restaurant.

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


Minsterworth

Village on the west bank of the River Severn and one of the best places to see the Severn Bore.

Towns and Villages in or near Gloucester


Alvington

Village between Lydney and Chepstow

Towns and Villages in or near Lydney


Flaxley

Small settlement between Mitcheldean and Littledean, originally the home of a Cistercian abbey. The area has a historic link to iron working and other industries.

Towns and Villages in or near Cinderford


Newland

Small historic village with a different "feel" to most Forest villages. Visit the magnificent Cathedral of the Forest and take walks down towards the River Wye.

Towns and Villages in or near Newland


Awre

Listed in the Domesday Book, Awre has had its character moulded over the years by winds and tides of the River Severn

Towns and Villages in or near Lydney