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


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


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


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


Soudley

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

Towns and Villages in or near Cinderford


Tintern

The jewel of the Wye Valley - a picturesque village, ruined Abbey, pubs, shops, cafes, places to stay, stunning walks and viewpoints all around

Towns and Villages in or near Tintern


Newent

Newent lies in the north of the Forest of Dean, this attractive, un-spoilt market town has buildings dating back to the 13th century and a half timbered market house.

Towns and Villages in or near Newent


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


Coleford

One of the small market towns in the Forest, Coleford is also its administrative centre. Centrally placed it is an ideal location for exploring the area with many of the main attractions nearby.

Towns and Villages in or near Coleford


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