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What To Do In Forest Of Dean

The Forest of Dean offers exciting places to visit for all the family. Be sure to check out the following attractions throughout the Forest of Dean.

The International Centre for Birds of Prey

We have been open to the public since 1967, and commemorated their 50th anniversary in recent years. As a specialist zoo, you can view over 250 Raptors consisting of Owls, Eagles, Kites, Hawks and Vultures. The zoo is a Charity and relies upon you, our visitors and advocates, for the vast majority of its financing. So thank you!Day-to-day there are demos where you will see various varieties of birds being flown. Both enjoyable and academic these birds are genuinely amazing to enjoy.

Hopewell Colliery

At Hopewell Colliery you could take among our Guided  Tours in the safe hands of an expert Freeminer of the Forest of Dean. Or take pleasure in a favourite, coffee or soda, gelato or treat in our Gallery, Cafe and Present Store. You may also witness carts of freshly dug coal being given the surface at the entrance to the functioning mine.


Beechenhurst Lodge has some strolling tracks to pick from, all going through the excellent oak forest of the Cannop Valley.Due to the nature of the location, there will undoubtedly be some hills to walk up or down. This makes the walks improper for a lot of pushchairs and mobility devices. Info on the walks is readily available on a display board at the Lodge. Alternatively, maps and leaflets can be acquired on site from Beechenhurst Cafe.

Elton Ranch Maize Mazes

They grew our first Maize Labyrinth in 2003. These were the Titan Jungle Maze and Monkey Maze. In 2004 they made the Super Space Maze and Martian Maze and in 2005 the Dinosaur Mazes. In 2006 the style was 'Beneath The Sea'.A Maze design is produced on chart paper. Each square on the chart paper stands for a 6 m square in the area.  They hoe in June when the plants grow 30 centimetres high. By 1 July the plants have grown to waist height and by mid-July to head height.

St Mary's Church, Kempley

This basic Norman church in Gloucestershire, remote from the village it once served. It has the earliest lumber roof of any structure in England. Its biggest attraction is that it has some of the best managed middle ages wall surface paintings in Britain. Those in the chancel are particularly uncommon. These date from the early 12th century. They are one of a total collection of Romanesque frescos in northern Europe.

Cinderbury Iron Age Farm

The Cinderbury village contains three roundhouses. These in addition to a fourth incomplete in 2006 and a collection of recreated Iron Age structures. The whole village is enclosed in fence protections with outstanding gates. The village is bordered by forest on top of a hillside and is undetectable from the road. Cinderbury is a site visitor tourist attraction. It provides for day visitors and institution and social teams. We aim to provide living history experiences and remarkable info for our site visitors. This is to make sure that they can experience Iron Age living from over 2000 years earlier.

Symonds Yat Rock

Soaring 504m high over Symonds Yat East. This sedimentary rock outcrop has exceptional sights of the River Wye and the bordering countryside. It's a much-loved spot for birdwatchers. You may be fortunate adequate to detect the resident set of peregrine falcons whooshing by the drop-off. You could stroll up from Symonds Yat East.

Dean Heritage Centre

This entertaining gallery considers all of the Forest of Dean's geology and wild animals. From the Romans, middle ages, cottage crafts, the arrival of the railway and coal mining. There are lots of sights for youngsters. This includes a mini-zoo with pigs, bunnies and weasels, ferret-walking sessions and an outdoor Hungry Caterpillar trail.

Goodrich Castle

Apparently part of its craggy red bedrock, Goodrich is a significant, partially wrecked castle. It is topped by a 12th-century maintain that opens spectacular countryside sights. An audio guide tells the castle's tale from its beginnings to its demise in the Civil War.

Tudor Farmhouse

Put into the cosy wood-beamed lounge of a lovely boutique resort.  This rustic-modern restaurant thrills with yummy contemporary-British food preparation. It is sustained by local and homemade ingredients. There's a helpful all-afternoon food selection (soups, sandwiches, charcuterie boards). This along with established lunches and heartier meat and fish keys.

Clearwell Caves

Descend right into the damp subterranean globe of a 4500-year-old iron and ochre mine. This comprises a warren of poorly lit passageways, caves and pools, and house to several types of bats. 'Deep Level Caving' sessions take you even further in.