Welcome to Clearwell Caves 4500 Years of Mining History in an Amazing Cave System.
Clearwell Caves, a uniquely special home to so many amazing things!
An extensive natural cave system, set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Show caves and mine workings with exciting displays throughout. Remarkably, the Caves have produced artists' pigment for over 4,500 years and ochre pigments are still mined here today. See our ochre workshop where pigment is still produced. Iron ore has also been mined here for over 2,000 years, until 1945; making Clearwell Caves one of the most complex and ancient mine systems in Britain. A visit underground here is a great experience for all the family and an essential part of a visit to the Forest of Dean.