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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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Go Ape Tree Top Adventure

Every year, nearly half a million people Go Ape in the most awe-inspiring locations. So whatever your ability, join us if you fancy taking on zip wires, Tarzan swings, rope ladders & more.

Attraction in or near Parkend

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

Caldicot Castle Country Park

Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the Castle’s exciting past. Caldicot Castle’s impressive structure is surrounded by an idyllic 55 acre Country Park.

Attraction in or near Chepstow

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

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

Mariana-Art

Delightful gallery offering Original Paintings, Prints, Greetings Cards, Special Gifts, Art materials & Ceramics. Watercolour workshops, private tuition, painting holidays. Demonstrations & talks.

Attraction in or near St Briavels

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure

Every year, nearly half a million people Go Ape in the most awe-inspiring locations. So whatever your ability, join us if you fancy taking on zip wires, Tarzan swings, rope ladders & more.

Activity in or near Parkend

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

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

Harts Barn Cookery School

Cookery School for all ages and budgets. We offer holiday activities, parties, hire a chef service, cooking and baking classes. Seasonal foraging and bespoke activities for family groups and friends.

Activity in or near Longhope

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

Symonds Yat Canoe Hire Ltd

Hire single kayaks 2/3/4 person. Canadian canoes & transport up river. Hourly/Half day/Full day. Longer trips also available.

Activity in or near Symonds Yat

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