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!

Download a copy of our market towns trail here.


Symonds Yat

One of the most iconic spots in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley with a stunning viewpoint, a riverside village, walks, pubs, places to stay and loads to see and do.

Towns and Villages in or near Symonds Yat


Longhope

Longhope lives up to its name and is a very long village. Mentioned in the Domesday Book, it has a rich history but is a typical English village and that is its charm.

Towns and Villages in or near Longhope


Tidenham

Just to the north of Chepstow, Tidenham is bordered by the River Wye on the west and the River Severn on the south. Offa's Dyke path runs through the village with great views along the Wye.

Towns and Villages in or near Chepstow


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


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


Staunton, Near Coleford

Small village between Coleford and Monmouth close to the Welsh border. There is good walking around the village and from the Buckstone their are great views into Wales.

Towns and Villages in or near Coleford


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


Much Marcle

Interesting and historic village in the heart of Herefordshire's cider country.

Towns and Villages in or near Ross-on-Wye


Caldicot - Cil-y-coed

Small town with a historic past linked to the Romans and with a Norman Castle. The castle has a fine park, regularly hosting family events. The Caldicot Levels are a wildlife reserve.

Towns and Villages in or near Chepstow


Skenfrith

Skenfrith sits on the Welsh (south) bank of the River Monnow, which is the historical boundary with England. Set in the middle of the village is historic Skenfrith Castle.

Towns and Villages in or near Abergavenny


Bream

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

Towns and Villages in or near Coleford


Hereford

An old walled city, dating from Saxon times, Hereford is the area’s administrative, commercial, cultural and agricultural centre.

Towns and Villages in or near Hereford