Clearwell Caves are natural caves, extensively mined for iron ore to make some of Britain's most complex and oldest mine workings. The mine dates back well over 4,000 years, when early miners dug for ochre pigments to make paints. Iron ore miners later created a warren of underground passageways, by connecting the huge caverns.
We have some really exciting events lined up this year, including the fantastic Hansel and Gretel by Horse and Bamboo Theatre Co. in November, plus The Trench, by Enfant Terribles and our spectacular Christmas Fantasy. See events page for more details.
Experience an ancient and mysterious past. You can see why television programmes like Dr Who, Merlin, Atlantis and Da Vinci Demons have been filmed here many times. You walk through nine exciting, sometimes eerie, and impressive caverns, following in the miners' footsteps. You may even catch a glimpse of the 'Old Man' that miners believed haunted the Caves - there have been lots of sightings by visitors!
Make some noise! New this season, we have three large pieces of mine equipment underground, that have been turned into musical instruments for you to play - listen to the sound as they reverberate through the workings.
Did you know? When the mines operated, from earliest times to 1945, parents in villages nearby would bring their children into the Caves to give them relief from hayfever! Due to the very high humidity, pollens and dust particles drop out at the Cave entrance.
- Fun for all the family
- A great underground experience.
- Cool in sweltering summer! 10 degrees all year round - bring a pullover.
- Atmospheric mine workings with nine impressive caverns.
- Fascinating displays throughout
- Visitor centre with Phyllis Lewis 'Forest Story' ceramic figures collection.
- Ochre workshop.
- Blacksmith workshop
- Great things happening - keep looking at our events page
- Guided tours for pre-booked groups
- Caving activities - see events page and Deep Level Caving
- Activities during children's holidays.
- 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).
- Puschair accessible.
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When visitiing please wear stout footwear such as trainers or wellies with reasonable grip. Children must be closely supervised at all times. Wheelchair access throughout, but difficult underground; not suitable underground for heavy adults (over 15 stone), adult wheelchair users will need two able bodied helpers for many underground stages. 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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