Potholing/Caving:Clearwell Caves


Clearwell Caves

Clearwell Caves

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Nr. Coleford,
GL16 8JR

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Clearwell Caves in the Royal Forest of Dean, close to the Wye Valley, is a great underground experience with incredible atmosphere.

Winding passageways link together nine impressive caverns in this natural cave system. Extensively mined for iron ore, one cavern at Clearwell Caves holds over 300 people for candle-lit parties. The mine dates back to well over 4,500 years ago when Neolithic miners dug for ochre pigment. Dr. Who has recently been filmed here four times!

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!

We also have a very good shop and café on site.

Guided tours for pre-booked groups. Adventure caving activities. See website for more information.

Visit us for our spectacular Christmas Fantasy 28th November – 24th December. Please see website for further details

Opening details

Mid February to End October Half Term 10am - 5pm


Coach/Groups accepted by prior arrangement
Admission: Adult £6.50, child £4.50, family (2+2) £22, Concessions £5.50
Car parking: available
Disabled toilet facilities: available



See location of Clearwell Caves on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SO 577082  Lat: 51.77106 Long: -2.61433

Follow the brown tourist signs from Coleford town centre. The caves are 1.5 miles south of Coleford town centre in Gloucestershire. From Coleford town centre follow the B4228 to St Briavels and Chepstow. After approximately 1 mile, turn right for Clearwell village (immediately after the Lambsquay Hotel). The car and coach park is immediately visible on your left after a few hundred yards.