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.


Symonds Yat

One of the most iconic spots in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley with a stunning viewpoint, a riverside village, walks, pubs, places to stay and loads to see and do.

Towns and Villages in or near Symonds Yat


Redbrook

Pretty village on the River Wye, partly in Wales and partly in England with a rich industrial heritage.

Towns and Villages in or near Coleford


St Briavels

Small but interesting village with a former royal castle, now a youth hostel. Set high above the Wye Valley there are good views into the Forest and to Wales in the distance.

Towns and Villages in or near St Briavels


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


Much Marcle

Interesting and historic village in the heart of Herefordshire's cider country.

Towns and Villages in or near Ross-on-Wye


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


Bream

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

Towns and Villages in or near Coleford


Abergavenny - Y Fenni

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


Penallt

Small village high above the River Wye, just south of Monmouth. It has two pubs, a nature reserve and a church that is well worth visiting. In the autumn it hosts a popular art event.

Towns and Villages in or near Monmouth


Staunton, Near Coleford

Small village between Coleford and Monmouth close to the Welsh border. There is good walking around the village and from the Buckstone their are great views into Wales.

Towns and Villages in or near Coleford


Gloucester

Gloucester is a vibrant multicultural city that combines historic architecture with a unique blend of visitor attractions, festivals and entertainment

Towns and Villages in or near Gloucester


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