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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


This former mining town and industrial capital of the Forest is quietly undergoing a revival, attracting new businesses into the area. The centre of the town, called The Triangle, has two fine sculptures - the town's war memorial plus a statue of local freeminer, Dave Harvey.

Cinderford offers a good range of shops, one of the best Indian restaurants in the area, plus a range of top quality films which are shown in its wonderfully restored Edwardian theatre, the Palace Cinema.

Cinderford Artspace is a relatively new venue which showcases work by local and national craftspeople and artists.

Nearby in Soudley is one of the area's premier visitor attractions, the Dean Heritage Centre, which offers a fascinating insight into the area's past. It also allows visitors the opportunity to see traditional craftsmen at work, view art exhibitions in The Gallery, plus it organises a range of interesting family events throughout the year.

Just outside Cinderford lie the villages of Littledean, Drybrook and Ruardean all of which offer a good range of welcoming, contry pubs and inns. Ruardean is also known for being the birth place of the founders of Horlicks Malt Milk, James and William Horlick.

Population Cinderford 8,171 (2004).


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