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!
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
One of the ancient villages of the Forest of Dean, situated at the top of a hill overlooking the Wye Valley. It has an interesting church and the remains of a motte and bailey castle.
Towns and Villages in or near Coleford
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
Abergavenny has much to offer tourists - a blend of old and new, with activities and things to do to suit young and old alike
Towns and Villages in or near Abergavenny
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
Small village close to the River Severn with National Trust formal garden and an interesting church.
Towns and Villages in or near Westbury-on-Severn
Historic village in the north of the Forest of Dean. It is home to Hartpury University and College, Historic Bee Shelter, Tithe Barn and St Mary's Church.
Towns and Villages in or near Gloucester
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
A historic market town on the Southern edge of the Forest of Dean. Called the 'Gateway to the Forest' the town offers a great place to visit and explore, with a range of shops and attractions.
Towns and Villages in or near Lydney
Small village on Glos/Herefordshire border that holds "Daffodil Teas and Walks" in the spring. It has two churches that are well worth visiting.
Towns and Villages in or near Newent
Small, thriving village on the edge of the Forest of Dean situated on the A40 road from Gloucester to Ross-on-Wye.
Towns and Villages in or near Huntley
Small Herefordshire village that is home to a well preserved castle open to the public. Nearby Coppett Hill has good walks and great views of the Wye Valley.
Towns and Villages in or near Goodrich