Meet prehistoric sea life that used to live here, whose bones, teeth and shells created this limestone, 345,000,000 years ago!  

The whole family will enjoy really atmospheric caverns, telling the fascinating story of people that created these impressive workings.  

Feeling even more adventurous? Go caving beyond the show caves; challenging, exciting, dirty and fun, these activities are a brilliant experience. See events page


22nd September: Hell Was Passchendaele, a moving play commemorating this battle 100 years ago. Always new things to look out for on our events page.

Details of our 2017 Christmas Fantasy 'The curious tale of Cora and the Bloobious Bright' (and online booking), will be here in the next week or so!



Clearwell Caves, a uniquely special home to so many amazing things!

An extensive natural cave system, set in a beautiful valley. Walk through the show-caves and mine workings with exciting displays throughout. Remarkably, Clearwell Caves have produced artists' pigment for over 4,500 years and ochre pigments are still mined here today. You see our ochre workshop where pigment is still produced. Iron ore was mined here for over 2,000 years, until 1945; making Clearwell Caves one of the most complex and ancient mine systems in Britain. Going underground here is a great experience for all the family and an essential part of any visit to the Forest of Dean. 


General Opening Times for 2017:
We are open 7 days a week.

  • Now until 29th October 2017 10am – 4pm
  • Entry: Adults £7.00 ; Children (ages 4 to 16): £5.00 ; Concessions: £6.00.
  • 9 large caverns are open to the public, with mining and geological displays throughout. Visitor Centre, Shop and Cafe. Picnic area.
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