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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


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.



  • Attraction
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome
  • Coach parties accepted
  • Disabled toilets
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups
  • Families
  • Film and Theatre
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Heritage
  • Museum
  • Off-Road Parking
  • Rainy Days
  • Visitor Attraction


Clearwell Caves
The Rocks, Clearwell
Nr Coleford
GL16 8JR
O/S Ref: SO 577 082

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From Coleford town centre take B4228 towards Lydney and Chepstow. Continue for approximately 1mile and take turning to Clearwell on right hand side. Follow brown and white signs to Clearwell Caves car and coach park on the left hand side.

  • Clearwell
  • Coleford

Associated Businesses

Clearwell Caves - Adventure

Let us take you on an adventure to remember. This is an experience which will make your stay in the Forest of Dean something special. Involves some climbing, crawling, getting dirty, and good fun!  

Attraction in or near Clearwell

Clearwell Caves Cafe

A gem of a cafe - drop in even if just passing by - serving delicious light meals, homemade soups, cakes and superb leaf teas or Illy aribica coffee. The cafe walls are lined with fascinating mining memorabilia.

Cafe or Tearoom in or near Clearwell