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!

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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


Penallt

Small village high above the River Wye, just south of Monmouth. It has two pubs, a nature reserve and a church that is well worth visiting. In the autumn it hosts a popular art event.

Towns and Villages in or near Monmouth


Brockweir

Brockweir is a small but attractive village located alongside the River Wye

Towns and Villages in or near Tintern


Newent

Newent lies in the north of the Forest of Dean, this attractive, un-spoilt market town has buildings dating back to the 13th century and a half timbered market house.

Towns and Villages in or near Newent


Coleford

One of the small market towns in the Forest, Coleford is also its administrative centre. Centrally placed it is an ideal location for exploring the area with many of the main attractions nearby.

Towns and Villages in or near Coleford


Kempley

Small village on Glos/Herefordshire border that holds "Daffodil Teas and Walks" in the spring. It has two churches that are well worth visiting.

Towns and Villages in or near Newent


Bream

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

Towns and Villages in or near Coleford


Cinderford

Former mining village, now one of the main centres of employment. Ideal base for touring the Forest and the home of the Dean Heritage Centre.

Towns and Villages in or near Cinderford


Minsterworth

Village on the west bank of the River Severn and one of the best places to see the Severn Bore.

Towns and Villages in or near Gloucester


Mitcheldean

Large and thriving community on the northern fringe of the Forest with old timbered houses, a fine church and an artisan brewery.

Towns and Villages in or near Mitcheldean


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


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