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.


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


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


Soudley

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

Towns and Villages in or near Cinderford


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


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


Lydbrook

The village, with its rich industrial history, occupies the steep sided valley close to the Rive Wye. It is an ideal based for walking cycling and enjoying the river.

Towns and Villages in or near Lydbrook


Bream

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

Towns and Villages in or near Coleford


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


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


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


Raglan - Rhaglan

The Monmouthshire village of Raglan belies a lively and dramatic past. It is a thriving community with village shops, highly regarded pubs and is famous for its historic castle.

Towns and Villages in or near Raglan