Open fully everyday from:

14th February 2015 until 2nd November 2015

Daily 10am - 5pm (last entry 4pm).

28th November - 24th December Christmas Fantasy - see events page.

Closed some days during November and January.

Special Openings

  • February half-term
  • Easter
  • Halloween
  • Christmas Fantasy
    28th November to 23rd December - 10am to last entry 5pm (except late night Fridays - 10am- last entry 8pm and then Christmas Eve - last entry is at 4pm). See Events
  • 27th December 2015 to 3rd January 2016 Christmas Fantasy - Displays only 10am - last entry 4pm.

We open at other times for pre- booked groups.

If not stated to be open we are closed to the public, unless visits are pre-booked.

Group Organisers

Please call to book your visit.

  • Ample free parking
  • Stout footwear is strongly recommended
  • Please call for details of disabled access
  • Most major credit/debit cards accepted for entrance, gift shop, cafe and events.


These are atmospheric natural caverns extensively mined for iron ore and ochre to make some of Britain's most complex and oldest mine workings. The mines date back to well over 4,500 years, when the first miners dug for ochre pigments to make paints. Iron ore miners later created a warren of underground passageways connecting the huge caverns. Displays through the workings tell the story of the people that worked here.

Exciting events including Adventure Caving, Batty Bats throughout the October Half Term, spectacular Christmas Fantasy through December: see events page

Half Term Try Caving: click here to BOOK ONLINE

Halloween Party: click here to BOOK ONLINE

Christmas Fantasy: click here to BOOK ONLINE

This year for our Christmas Fantasy event, entry is by timed ticket only so please book early and arrive in good time to enter well within your half hour entry time.

    Reasons to visit:

  • Fun for all the family
  • A great underground experience.
  • Atmospheric mine workings with nine impressive caverns.
  • Fascinating displays throughout
  • Visitor centre with Phyllis Lewis 'Forest Story' ceramic figures collection.
  • Ochre workshop - see where artisi's pigment is prepared.
  • Blacksmith workshop, occasional working blacksmith - 'Missfire'
  • Fantastic things happening here - keep looking at our events page
  • Guided tours for pre-booked groups
  • Wide range of caving activities - see events page and Deep Level Caving
  • Activities during children's holidays.
  • Hallowe'en events for children and adults.
  • Spectacular family Christmas Fantasy event.
  • Free surface facilities including:
    • Free car and coach parking
    • Gift Shop with excellent souvenirs, gifts, crystals and minerals
    • Great cafe
    • Free - children's play area
    • Free - picnic areas
    • Free - miner's smallholding
    • Surface walks around Clearwell Meend (large common) and into historic and picturesque Clearwell village, with beautiful church and Victorian village well (Clearwell Castle - is a wedding venue, not open to visitors) 3 good pubs, 2 good hotels, excellent food served at 3 premises.
    • Dogs on leads are welcome around the site and surface facilities (not underground - except assistance dogs). Nice walks over the common. Shaded car parking,
    • Pushchair accessible.

When visitiing please wear stout footwear such as trainers or wellies with reasonable grip. Children must be closely supervised at all times. Access in the Caves is steep in many places. Disabled access, please ring in advance for more information. Disabled parking near Caves entrance, where the visitor centre and gift shop, cafe and picnic area are accessible. Please telephone for more information.


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