Places to stay, things to do, good food and drink
With so many things to do this summer, here are 25 things to do in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean that won’t break the bank, costing under £10!
Delicious ice cream the old fashioned way – using traditional ingredients in small batches. They love to use local ingredients from whole milk to double cream, to hand prepared fresh seasonal fruit from the Wye Valley and flower honey for wonderful flavours. Available at The Pantry in St. Briavels
Walk with butterflies from around the World. Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo is indoors, it’s tropical and teeming with exotic butterflies. Living butterflies fly around as you discover their fascinating lives in close up.
The 15 hole Krazy Golf theme is based on tourism throughout the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, each hole represents 15 different other tourist attractions.
9 hole Footgolf Course adjacent to the clubhouse. It is 843 yards and really is fun for everyone! The rules are simple – kick the ball from tee to green and into the hole. The fewest number of kicks wins the hole and that person kicks off first on the next hole. The fewest number of kicks around the course wins!
A vibrant visitor centre bringing together arts, crafts, designer gifts and delicious food. Offering an alternative to the high-street experience where you can eat shop and relax.
Explore atmospheric caverns, telling the fascinating stories of the miners who created these extensive workings and meet prehistoric sea life that use to live in these caves, who’s bones, teeth and shells created the limestone 345,000,000 years ago!
Puzzlewood is a unique and enchanting woodland. Explore a mile of meandering pathways, with its fantastic tree and rock formations throughout. It holds an atmosphere like no other, the magical scenery has made is a popular film and TV location as well as being the inspiration behind JRR Tolkien’s Middle Earth.
The Dean Heritage Centre is one of Gloucestershire’s leading attractions. Set across a stunning and fully interactive five acre site, the Centre protects and preserves the unique history and heritage of the beautiful Forest of Dean.
Nothing quite says British summer like strawberry picking and our PYO strawberry field is now open! Be quick as the season is so short, strawberries £5 per kg
The beauty of this enchanting woodland lies in walking the footpath through the rising and falling scowles. Past shimmering leaves, rare plants and bonsai yew trees which have grown over hundreds of years amongst the rocks in their own gnarled and twisted ways.
With its stunning views down the Wye Valley and local artwork on the walls it’s hard to imagine a more appealing place to sit and take a break.
The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley is packed with a huge number of spectacular cycling routes.
Planted over twenty years ago, the fun of the aMazing Hedge puzzle has made it Herefordshire’s most popular private tourist attraction. Perfect for games with your friends and family.
Standing in the open countryside about the River Wye, Goodrich Castle is one of the finest and best preserved of all English medieval castles. Boasting a fascinating history, spectacular views from the battlements and a delightful tearoom.
Celebrating the past present and future in this unique way of life in the Forest of Dean. At Hopewell Colliery you can take a guided underground tour in the hands of an expert Freeminer.
Cosy, country pottery gallery, tea-room and studio offering pottery activities and classes, a warm welcome and tasty home-made treats and drinks.
A destination centre with inspirational products for the home and garden in a pleasant lakeside setting.
Monmouth is home to a magnificent collection of Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson (of Battle of Trafalgar fame) material. Find out about the origins of the collection, and about the life, loves, death and commemoration of the famous admiral through displays of weapons, pictures, fine ceramics, silver and glass, ship models and letters.
An unrivalled collection housed in a fine Georgian mansion, featured in Simon Jenkinds book ‘Englands 1000 Best Houses’, the world’s first museum dedicated to fine, decorative and applied art inspired by nature.
Nestled beside the River Wye and the heart of the Wye Valley, this idyllic 10 acre site boasts fantastic food at an award winning tearoom, family events and live music throughout the summer, a children’s play area with zip wire and a great base for walks along the Wye Valley.
The Cistercian abbey is one of the greatest monastic ruins of Wales. The remains are a mixture of buildings covering a 400 year period. Very little remains of the first building but you will marvel at the vast windows and later decorative details displayed in the walls, doorways and soaring archways. If only the walls could talk!
Steam trains that wind their way along a ¾ mile track through farmland and woods. There are 4 stations each with paths to walk through the ancient Perrygrove Wood.
See Diana making her Gloucester Cheese by hand from a traditional recipe handed down over several generations.
All Saints Church Newland is traditionally and affectionately known as the “Cathedral of the Forest” and dates back to the early 1200s. The historic church is home to the Miners Brass, a symbol of the Royal Forest of Dean.
A protected landscape with some of the most beautiful lowland scenery in Britain. The River Wye winds through a limestone gorge and wooded ravines filled with wildlife and industrial remains.
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