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.


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


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


Ruardean

Pretty village on the Gloucestershire/Herefordshire border with commanding views over the Wye Valley. Ruardean Hill is the highest point in the Forest.

Towns and Villages in or near Cinderford


Longhope

Longhope lives up to its name and is a very long village. Mentioned in the Domesday Book, it has a rich history but is a typical English village and that is its charm.

Towns and Villages in or near Longhope


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


Whitecroft

A traditional Forest village with woodland walks, two pubs and a Dean Forest Railway station

Towns and Villages in or near Lydney


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


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


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


Monmouth - Trefynwy

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


Caerleon - Caerllion

Caerleon was the site of one of Britain's three permanent Roman Legionary Fortresses. Today, it's a thriving town, where past and present combine to delight both visitors and residents.

Towns and Villages in or near Chepstow


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