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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.

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Oakgrove Holiday Cottage

Redhill Extreme

Beginner friendly mountain biking & mountain boarding centre with tracks and jumps for all ages and abilities. A fancy bike is not necessary.

Activity in or near Newnham

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.

Activity in or near Symonds Yat

Littledean Jail

This former house of correction, police station and courthouse is proud to be a most unorthodox, historical visitor attraction.  Home of the infamous CRIME THROUGH TIME MUSEUM and the largest collection of QUADROPHENIA memorabilia.

Attraction in or near Cinderford

Forest Bushcraft

Learn bushcraft in the beautiful scenery and historic landscape of the Royal Forest of Dean. We teach all aspects of bushcraft including firecraft, tracking, hunting, fishing, shelter building, the use of tools such as knives and axes, foraging, and many other skills used by our ancestors.

Activity in or near Coleford

Forest Adventure

Our activities provide a base for promoting Self-esteem, Co-operation & Teamwork with experienced instructors. Rock activities, Canoe & Kayak river adventures. Cave & overnight cave experience. Archery, Mountain biking, Bivuac weekends and more.

Activity in or near Coleford

Puzzlewood

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 for the BBC and Warner Bros.

Attraction in or near Coleford

Adventure Tower & Ropes

The climbing tower is an exciting way to let off steam! Based at Beechenhurst, a great location for a day out with the family. Come and Pay & Play.  The ropes course is an adrenalin rush suitable for everyone aged 8 upwards.

Activity 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

Taurus Crafts

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

Activity in or near Lydney

Inspire2Adventure

Inspire2adventure offer outdoor adventure activities including gorge scrambling, canoeing, mountain biking, climbing & abseiling, hill walking, and orienteering. Half, full or multi-day activities.

Activity in or near Ross-on-Wye

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.

Activity in or near Coleford

Yeehaa Outdoor Pursuits and Survival School

Family run outdoor provider, working mainly in the Forest of Dean. Over 30 years experience. Learn some new skills and have fun! Yurt accommodation also available.

Activity in or near Newent

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