For thousands of years, iron ore mining was the main industry in the Forest of Dean. At Clearwell Caves you discover the hidden world the miners created, as they dug through impressive natural caverns to remove iron ore and ochre pigment. Clearwell Caves are a great underground experience for all the family. The caverns are very atmospheric, with exciting displays throughout showing how the ore and ochre has been mined here for over 4,500 years, much of it transported by young children. Our gift shop sells unusual mementos and even ochre pigment from the mine. The café sells a wide range of delicious food and cakes, with excellent leaf teas and organic espresso based coffees.
If you feel even more adventurous, you can book to go deeper into the workings and explore parts of the Caves well beyond the public areas. See separate listing in Activities or our website for more details.
Free parking. Picnic and children's play area. See website for full details of activities and special events.