OPENING TIMES 2014

Open fully everyday from:

15th February 2014 until 4th April 10am - 4pm.

5th April until 1st September Daily 10am -5pm.

2nd September until 2nd November, Daily, 10am to 4pm (last entry)

Special Openings

  • February half-term
  • Easter
  • Halloween
  • Christmas Fantasy
    29th November to 23rd December - 10am to last entry 5pm (except late night Fridays - 10am- last entry 8pm and Christmas Eve - last entry is at 4pm). See Events
  • 27th December 2014 to 4th January 2015 Christmas Fantasy - Displays only 10am - last entry 4pm.

We open at other times for pre- booked groups.

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.

 

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.

Easter Holidays Fun - Spot the Lambs and other fun events including Caving see events page

Explore nine caverns, experiencing their ancient and mysterious past. You can see why television programmes like Dr Who and Merlin have been filmed here many times. You walk through 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 scrapped mining equipment that have been turned into musical instruments underground for you to play - listen to the sounds as they reverberate through the workings.

    Reasons to visit:

  • Fun for all the family
  • Atmospheric mine workings with nine impressive caverns open to explore
  • Displays throughout
  • Visitor centre with Phyllis Lewis 'Forest Story' ceramic figures collection
  • Blacksmith workshop
  • Great things happening - keep looking at our events page
  • Fascinating history
  • Guided tours for pre-booked groups
  • Caving activities - see events page and Deep Level Caving
  • Spectacular Christmas Fantasy event - end of November, through December and New Year
  • 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.

The Caves do not ever flood, the weather has very little effect underground, just making the drips more promounced! The underground temperature remains a constant 11 degrees all year round.

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; adult wheelchair users may need two able bodied helpers for some underground stages. Disabled parking near Caves entrance. Please telephone for more information.

Other useful links:

www.wyedeantourism.co.uk

http://visitherefordshire.co.uk/link-to-us/www.visitherefordshire.co.uk