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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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


Lydney - Gateway to the Forest

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


English Bicknor

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


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


Llandogo - Llaneuddogwy

Towns and Villages in or near Tintern


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


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


Bream

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

Towns and Villages in or near Coleford


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


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


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