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 a powerful and brilliant play 'The Trench', by award winning Les Enfant Terribles
Marking the centenary of the First World War, the play follows the fortunes of a miner who becomes trapped underground on the Western Front. It will be amazing!
For Halloween Half Term we have a Hansel and Gretel theme and a simple competition where every child takes part; the two overall winners receive a fantastic wicked witch puppet.
During the holidays we are very pleased to announce we have two performances of the fantastic play 'Hansel and Gretel,' by the brilliant Horse and Bamboo Theatre Co. - 1st and 2nd November, music, masks, puppetry, and film - suitable for all ages 5+.
This is all followed by our spectacular Christmas Fantasy 2014. See events page for more details of these brilliant events.
- 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
- Fantastic things happening here - 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.
Reasons to visit:
When visitiing please wear stout footwear such as trainers or wellies with reasonable grip. Children must be closely supervised at all times. 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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