Things to do in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

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The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley is home to a great range of attractions - some man-made, some completely natural but all of them well worth a visit. You may wish to discover the area's history, or enjoy a stroll around a nature reserve.

There’s an array of family oriented attractions where you can all have fun, relax or enjoy some animal magic. On rainy days there’s also plenty to do from museums to caves or how about spending some time riding a steam train through the forest or taking a cruise down the River Wye.

There really is no shortage of ideas for things to see and do in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean.

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Clearwell Caves - Ancient Iron Mines

The ancient mines at Clearwell Caves are a secret world hidden beneath the trees; they are an exciting underground experience for the whole family. Cafe, shop, picnic area, free parking.

Attraction in or near Clearwell


Puzzlewood

Puzzlewood is a magical day out in the Forest of Dean. An enchanting, ancient woodland, filled with fantastic tree and rock formations. A popular TV & film location inc Star Wars.

Attraction in or near Coleford


Harts Barn Cookery School

Cookery School for all ages and budgets. We offer holiday activities, parties, hire a chef service, cooking and baking classes. Bespoke activities for family groups and friends are available.

Attraction in or near Longhope


Forest Segways at the Forest of Dean

Explore the Forest on the latest in green technology – a self-balancing electric segway

Attraction in or near Parkend


Walking in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

Walking is one of the most popular outdoor activities in the area for both visitors and residents.

Attraction in or near Coleford


Go Ape - Tree Top Junior

A fun filled experience of canopy exploring, trail blazing and obstacles for all to enjoy. Tree Top Junior is aimed at Mini Tarzans aged between 6 and 12 years old.

Attraction in or near Coleford


Inspire2Adventure

Exciting Adventure Days including Gorge Scrambling,Stand-up Paddleboarding, Canoeing, Climbing, High Level Ropes course, & more. Perfect for families, hen&stag parties, team building, youth groups

Attraction in or near Monmouth


Forest Adventure

Activities include Climbing, Canoe & Kayak adventures. Cave experiences. Archery, Bivouac weekends and more. Experienced and Qualified instructors.

Attraction in or near Coleford


Canoe the Wye

Canoeing trips down the Wye Valley. Choose from Half a day canoe hire right up to a 7 day canoeing and camping Adventure.

Attraction in or near Symonds Yat


Dean Heritage Centre

The history of the Forest from the Ice Age to present day; the Gruffalo woodland trail, a reconstructed Forester's cottage; a charcoal burner's camp; a woodland playground; cafe & gift shop.

Attraction in or near Cinderford


Taurus Crafts

Vibrant art and craft centre with art studios. Craft units. Working pottery. Design led gift shop. Organic delicatessen. Licensed wholefood restaurant. Programme of activities & art exhibitions.

Attraction in or near Lydney


Go Ape Tree Top Adventure

Award-winning outdoor adventure for all in beautiful forests. Unleash you inner Ape on our Tree Top Adventure or explore the forest floor on our epic all-terrain Segways. A day out like no other.

Attraction in or near Parkend