Clearwell Caves - Ancient Iron Mines

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Nr Coleford
Royal Forest of Dean
GL16 8JR

  • Phone: 01594 832535

The show caves are a part of an extensive natural cave system, mined for iron ore to make one of Britain's most complex and oldest mine workings; dating back well over 4,500 years, when Neolithic miners dug for ochre pigments. Nine atmospheric ancient caverns are open to visitors, that have an exciting and intriguing past. You will see why television programmes like Dr Who and Merlin have chosen to film here. Walk through intriguing, sometimes eerie, iron ore workings and tunnels, following in the footsteps of generations of miners, who cut their livelihood from the rock.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Open fully everyday from: 14th February 2015 until 27th March 10am - 4pm. 28th March until 31st October Daily 10am -5pm. 1st September until 2nd November, Daily, 10am to 4pm (last entry) 28th November - 24th December Christmas Fantasy - see events page.


This is an exciting trip for younger groups, or for adults wishing to experience a simple caving activity. Allow 2hrs including kitting up etc. Cost: £15.00 adults and £12.00 children.

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