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.

Canoe the Wye

Canoeing trips down the Wye Valley. Choose from Half a day canoe hire right up to a 7 day canoeing and camping Adventure.

Attraction in or near Symonds Yat

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

Taurus Crafts

Vibrant art and craft centre with art studios. Craft units. Working pottery. Design led gift shop. Organic delicatessen. Licensed wholefood restaurant. Programme of activities & art exhibitions.

Attraction in or near Lydney

Forest of Dean Adventure Ltd

The adventure starts here and why should kids have all the fun? All four activities are great for grown-ups too. Ask us about birthday parties, corporate and group sessions, hen and stag dos!

Attraction in or near Coleford

DBC Leisure

Clay shooting, air rifle, archery tuition with friendly, experienced instructors; beginners, stag/hen parties, corporate events, & private shooting parties. On-site catering.

Attraction in or near St Briavels

Way2go Adventures

Get Up, Get Out, Get Active. Guided Canoe or Kayak the River Wye. Sea Kayaking, Raft Building, Nordic Walking, and BCU Courses. Families, Stag/Hen parties, Schools/Youth group and corporate events.

Attraction in or near Symonds Yat


Puzzlewood is a magical day out in the Forest of Dean. An enchanting, ancient woodland, filled with fantastic tree and rock formations. A popular TV & film location inc Star Wars.

Attraction in or near Coleford

Forest Segways at the Forest of Dean

Explore the Forest on the latest in green technology – a self-balancing electric segway

Attraction in or near Parkend

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

Go Ape - Tree Top Junior

A fun filled experience of canopy exploring, trail blazing and obstacles for all to enjoy. Tree Top Junior is aimed at Mini Tarzans aged between 6 and 12 years old.

Attraction in or near Coleford


Exciting Adventure Days including Gorge Scrambling, Canoeing, Mountain Biking, Climbing&Abseiling, High Level Ropes course, & more. Perfect for families, hen&stag parties, team building, youth groups

Attraction in or near Monmouth

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