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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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


Ross-on-Wye

Ross-on-Wye is a small market town in the south of Herefordshire offering excellent places to stay, eat and shop. Set in beautiful countryside it’s a great place for fresh air, walking and canoeing.

Towns and Villages in or near Ross-on-Wye


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


Caldicot - Cil-y-coed

Small town with a historic past linked to the Romans and with a Norman Castle. The castle has a fine park, regularly hosting family events. The Caldicot Levels are a wildlife reserve.

Towns and Villages in or near Chepstow


Goodrich

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


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


Trellech

A small village in the Wye Valley that in medieval times was one of the largest towns in Wales. Fine church, Bronze Age standing stones and more. Good walks to Trellech Beacon.

Towns and Villages in or near Monmouth


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


Alvington

Village between Lydney and Chepstow

Towns and Villages in or near Lydney


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


Newnham-on-Severn

A small village on the banks of the River Severn with walks, views and is one of the best spots to view the Severn Bore

Towns and Villages in or near Newnham


Soudley

A small but thriving village with a series of ponds which are a haven to wildlife

Towns and Villages in or near Cinderford