Clearwell Caves are a natural cave system, extensively mined for iron ore to make some of Britain's most complex and oldest mine workings. The mine dates back well over 4,500 years, when Neolithic miners dug for ochre pigments to make paints. Iron ore miners later created a warren of underground passageways, connecting the huge caverns.
Explore nine of the atmospheric 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 footsteps of generations of miners, that also included young children. You may even catch a glimpse of the 'Old Man' that miners believed haunted the Caves - there have been lots of sightings by visitors!
- 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.
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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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