Things to do in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

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The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley is home to a great range of attractions - some man-made, some completely natural but all of them well worth a visit. You may wish to discover the area's history, or enjoy a stroll around a nature reserve.

There’s an array of family oriented attractions where you can all have fun, relax or enjoy some animal magic. On rainy days there’s also plenty to do from museums to caves or how about spending some time riding a steam train through the forest or taking a cruise down the River Wye.

There really is no shortage of ideas for things to see and do in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean.


Walking in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

Walking is one of the most popular outdoor activities in the area for both visitors and residents.

Attraction in or near Coleford


Dean Forest Railway

A 8.5 mile trip through the medieval forest to Parkend with steam and some heritage diesel train services. Free parking, cafeteria, museum and gift shop at Norchard station. Pay once - ride all day!

Attraction in or near Lydney


Wyedean Canoe & Adventure Centre

Canoe Hire *Hourly *Half, Full and Multi Day Trips Adventure Activities *Archery *Abseiling *Caving *Climbing *Kayaking *Raft Building *Ropes Course *Stand up Paddle Boarding (SUP)

Attraction in or near Symonds Yat


Elton Giant Mazes and Activities Maze

3 Giant maize mazes with hidden objectives to find. Do the Quiz or climb look out towers. OK for pushchairs & all ages. Picnic site, snacks and games area. Great for Birthday treats and parties. BBQ.

Attraction in or near Newnham


Creates Galleries

Creates Gallery is an independent art gallery based in the Wye Valley. Specialising in original paintings, and showcasing a wide variety of art from select British artists.

Attraction in or near Monmouth


Taurus Crafts

A vibrant visitor centre where you can see a wide range of arts and crafts, enjoy local food & drink. Taurus Crafts is part of Camphill Village Trust Ltd

Attraction in or near Lydney


Forest Adventure

Activities include Climbing, Canoe & Kayak adventures. Cave experiences. Archery, Bivouac weekends and more. Experienced and Qualified instructors.

Attraction in or near Coleford


Perrygrove Railway

Unique railway with walks through beautiful woodland. Tickets last all day - enjoy as many train rides as you like! Indoor Village and exciting Treasure Hunt! Cafe available. Picnics welcome.

Attraction in or near Coleford


Warehouse 701

Welcome to our Reclaimed World. 15 diverse showrooms set in a former wartime munitions factory. We have created a destination like no other; a renovation resource and a celebration of days gone-by.

Attraction in or near Hereford


Forest Of Dean School Of Photography

Fun, photographic training in the heart of the forest and valley with a pro photographer, David Broadbent, for any skill level. Improve your general skill level on hone one area - its up to you.

Attraction in or near St Briavels


Canoe the Wye

Canoeing trips down the Wye Valley. Choose from Half a day canoe hire right up to a 4 day canoeing and camping Adventure.

Attraction in or near Symonds Yat


Inspire2Adventure

Exciting Adventure Days including Gorge Scrambling,Stand-up Paddleboarding, Canoeing, Climbing, High Level Ropes course, & more. Perfect for families, hen&stag parties, team building, youth groups

Attraction in or near Monmouth