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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Littledean

One of the ancient villages of the Forest of Dean, it contains many old buildings dating back to the 1600's, and some. Littledean Hall, is reputed to be one of the most haunted houses in Britain.

Towns and Villages in or near Cinderford


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


Mitcheldean

Large and thriving community on the northern fringe of the Forest with old timbered houses, a fine church and an artisan brewery.

Towns and Villages in or near Mitcheldean


Bream

Former mining villages with great views over the Forest from the war memorial

Towns and Villages in or near Coleford


Newent

Newent lies in the north of the Forest of Dean, this attractive, un-spoilt market town has buildings dating back to the 13th century and a half timbered market house.

Towns and Villages in or near Newent


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


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


Brockweir

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

Towns and Villages in or near Tintern


Tintern

The jewel of the Wye Valley - a picturesque village, ruined Abbey, pubs, shops, cafes, places to stay, stunning walks and viewpoints all around

Towns and Villages in or near Tintern


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


Ruardean

Pretty village on the Gloucestershire/Herefordshire border with commanding views over the Wye Valley. Ruardean Hill is the highest point in the Forest.

Towns and Villages in or near Cinderford


Dymock

Small village famous for the group of poets who lived here before World War I and also for the wild daffodils that grow in the nearby field and woods

Towns and Villages in or near Newent