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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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Bells Hotel and Forest of Dean Golf & Bowls Club - The largest hotel and leisure complex in the Forest of Dean

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

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

Pedalabikeaway Cycle Centre

Off-road cycling centre, bike hire, cafe, bike shop, workshop, toilets, showers, bikewash, parking. Traffic free cycle trails for all abilities in the beautiful Forest of Dean.

Activity in or near Coleford

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

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

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

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

Forest Segways at the Forest of Dean

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

Activity in or near Parkend

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

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

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