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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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


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


Redbrook

Pretty village on the River Wye, partly in Wales and partly in England with a rich industrial heritage.

Towns and Villages in or near Coleford


English Bicknor

One of the ancient villages of the Forest of Dean, situated at the top of a hill overlooking the Wye Valley. It has an interesting church and the remains of a motte and bailey castle.

Towns and Villages in or near Coleford


Dymock

Small village famous for the group of poets who lived here before World War I and also for the wild daffodils that grow in the nearby field and woods

Towns and Villages in or near Newent


Westbury-on-Severn

Small village close to the River Severn with National Trust formal garden and an interesting church.

Towns and Villages in or near Westbury-on-Severn


Hartpury

Historic village in the north of the Forest of Dean. It is home to Hartpury University and College, Historic Bee Shelter, Tithe Barn and St Mary's Church.

Towns and Villages in or near Gloucester


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


Trellech

A small village in the Wye Valley that in medieval times was one of the largest towns in Wales. Fine church, Bronze Age standing stones and more. Good walks to Trellech Beacon.

Towns and Villages in or near Monmouth


Huntley

Small, thriving village on the edge of the Forest of Dean situated on the A40 road from Gloucester to Ross-on-Wye.

Towns and Villages in or near Huntley


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