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.
- 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.
Reasons to visit:
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.
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