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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Littledean

One of the ancient villages of the Forest of Dean, it contains many old buildings dating back to the 1600's, and some. Littledean Hall, is reputed to be one of the most haunted houses in Britain.

Towns and Villages in or near Cinderford


Monmouth - Trefynwy

Historic market town on the Welsh borders with lots of independent shops and great places to eat and drink

Towns and Villages in or near Monmouth


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


Newland

Small historic village with a different "feel" to most Forest villages. Visit the magnificent Cathedral of the Forest and take walks down towards the River Wye.

Towns and Villages in or near Newland


Clearwell

Small village close to Coleford with a historic past based on its castle and mining. Clearwell caves, a former iron mine is open to the public.

Towns and Villages in or near Clearwell


St Briavels

Small but interesting village with a former royal castle, now a youth hostel. Set high above the Wye Valley there are good views into the Forest and to Wales in the distance.

Towns and Villages in or near St Briavels


Newnham-on-Severn

A small village on the banks of the River Severn with walks, views and is one of the best spots to view the Severn Bore

Towns and Villages in or near Newnham


Lydney - Gateway to the Forest

A historic market town on the Southern edge of the Forest of Dean. Called the 'Gateway to the Forest' the town offers a great place to visit and explore, with a range of shops and attractions.

Towns and Villages in or near Lydney


Abergavenny - Y Fenni

Abergavenny has much to offer tourists - a blend of old and new, with activities and things to do to suit young and old alike

Towns and Villages in or near Abergavenny


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


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


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