The show caves are part of an extensive natural cave system, mined for iron ore making one of Britain's most complex and oldest mine workings. The workings here date back well over 4,500 years, when Neolithic miners dug for ochre pigments. Later iron ore miners created a warren of interconnecting passageways and huge caverns.
Explore nine atmospheric caverns experiencing their ancient and intriguing past. You will see why television programmes like Dr Who and Merlin have been filmed here many times. Walk through exciting, sometimes eerie, and impressive caverns connected by winding passageways, follow in the footsteps of generations of miners. You may even catch a glimpse of the 'Old Man' that miners believed haunted the Caves - there have been many sightings by visitors!
Details of our 2013 Christmas Fantasy event; 'The Perfect Christmas Tree' are on our Events page for more details.
- Fun for all the family
- Nine well lit caverns open to the public
- Atmospheric mine workings and impressive caverns with winding passageways
- Displays throughout
- Visitor centre with Phyllis Lewis 'Forest Story' ceramic figures collection
- Blacksmith workshop
- Great things happening - keep looking at our events page
- Fascinating and exciting for the whole family
- Guided tours for pre-booked groups
- Caving activities - see events page and Deep Level Caving
- Spectacular Christmas Fantasy event throughout December and New Year
- Free surface facilities include:
- 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 impressive village well (Clearwell Castle - not open to the public) 3 good pubs and 2 good hotels.
- 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 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 stages. Disabled parking near Caves entrance. Please telephone for more information.
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