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Clearwell Caves - Ancient Iron Mines

The Forests Iron Mining Museum. A great underground experience for all. 9 caverns show how iron ore has been mined from these caves for over 4,500 years. Cafe, gift shop, picnic area and free parking.

Attraction in or near Clearwell


This impressive natural cave system was later mined for iron ore and now makes a great underground experience for all the family. The caverns are very atmospheric; nine large caverns are open to the public, linked by winding passageways. Displays throughout the mine reveal how iron ore and ochre pigment has been mined here for over 4,500 years, much of it transported by young children. There is a good gift shop and the café sells a wide range of delicious cakes, with excellent teas and coffee.

For the more adventurous visitor,  we take small groups deeper into the workings to explore parts of the 600 acres of workings beyond the public area.

Free parking. Picnic area. See website for full details of activities and special events.


Opening Times

Open 1 March to 31 October. Daily 10am to 5pm (last entry). Christmas Fantasy 1 to 24 December daily, similar times.


  • Attraction
  • Children welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Heritage
  • Museum
  • Off-Road Parking


Nr Coleford
GL16 8JR
O/S Ref: SO 577 082

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From Coleford take B4228 towards Lydney and Chepstow. Continue for approximately 1mile and take turning to Clearwell on right hand side. Follow brown and white signs, Clearwell Caves is situated on the left hand side.

  • Clearwell
  • Coleford


Adults6, children 5 and over
Family (2 adults/2 children)£19.00

Associated Businesses

Clearwell Caves - Adventure

We take small groups deeper underground to explore parts of the 600 acres of workings beyond the public area; involves simple climbing, crawling, getting dirty, and oh yes - great fun too! Youth groups, schools and educational visits a speciality. 

Activity 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