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.


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


Huntley

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


Hartpury

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


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


Chepstow - Cas-gwent

A bustling border market town, Chepstow is the gateway to the Wye Valley and Wales

Towns and Villages in or near Chepstow


Tidenham

Just to the north of Chepstow, Tidenham is bordered by the River Wye on the west and the River Severn on the south. Offa's Dyke path runs through the village with great views along the Wye.

Towns and Villages in or near Chepstow


Cinderford

Former mining village, now one of the main centres of employment. Ideal base for touring the Forest and the home of the Dean Heritage Centre.

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


Kempley

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


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


Skenfrith

Skenfrith sits on the Welsh (south) bank of the River Monnow, which is the historical boundary with England. Set in the middle of the village is historic Skenfrith Castle.

Towns and Villages in or near Abergavenny