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Things to do in Forest of Dean District

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Natural Feature
“The Forest of Dean is a large wooded area about 35 minutes drive to the west of Gloucester and on the border with Wales. The River Wye runs along the western border and the spectacular viewing point at Symonds Yat is well worth a visit. Other highlights are Clearwell Caves, Puzzle Wood, Goodrich Castle, Tintern Abbey and taking a canoe trip down the River Wye.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Nestled on the banks of the River Wye they don't get much more landmark based than this. Originally founded by Cistercian monks in 1131 AD, Tintern Abbey was made famous by the words of Wordsworth and paintings of Tuner. Besides the Abbey, there are plenty of great places to eat, drink or have a relaxing coffee whilst soaking up the atmosphere. There are some beautiful riverside walks or for those feeling a little more adventurous, walk up to Devils Pulpit - but make sure you take your camera - the views are breathtaking if you can manage the climb!!”
  • 26 locals recommend
Castle
“English Heritage maintained castle complete with audio tour technology. Stunning views from the towers with on site café and shop for refreshments and souvenirs.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Cave
“Ancient Iron Mines - Locals have explored the depths of Clearwell Caves for 4,000 years so why not explore the secret world hidden beneath the trees with adventures underground. Cafe, shop, picnic area, free parking and also a good choice if the weather is pouring!”
  • 22 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Puzzlewood is a unique and magical forest with a mile of meandering pathways and over 200 steps set in 14 acres of ancient woodland. The paths take you through a wonderland of deep ravines or moss covered rocks, over wooden bridges and through fantastic tree and rock formations. Its a popular TV & film location for productions including Merlin, Doctor Who, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Huntsman and more.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Bike Shop
“Several circular off road cycle routes, graded according to length and difficulty.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“... Great Ape for the more adventurous. Leave them to it and take stroll around Mallards Pike Ponds.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Museum
“Check out the oldest Stone Castle in Britain. It's open to the public daily with a variety of events on throughout the year. Set on cliffs over the River Wye the views are stunning whilst Chepstow town centre and all its shops, cafes etc are located just behind.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Experience the wonderful world of birds at the centre where there is something for everyone. Not only is this really interesting, but learning about the conservation work of the trust is educational.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Westons Cider in Much Marcle, HR8 2NQ, on the other side of Ledbury has visitor centre, shop, the Scrumpy House Restaurant and tours. An interesting day out for families with its playground and shire horses.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Pub
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“16th Century riverside Inn offering a variety of high quality food and real ales. A definite pit stop if your visiting Symonds Yat Rock, canoeing or fancy an easy jaunt down the river on Kingfisher Cruises. There are seven circular walks right from the door (see the map for more details) some of which use the hand ferry right outside!”
  • 20 locals recommend
History Museum
“Amazing secluded walks with lake views, very peaceful. If you are keen walker, you could spend 4 hours walking here.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Beechenhurst lies in the heart of the forest, and is a great place to park up and start your adventure. Why not begin by discovering the Sculpture Trail. The 4.5 mile trail is one of the UK's first art trails and features 16 works created by artists commissioned to interpret the Forest environment and the history of its landscape. The sculptures are installed within the woodland, so seek out the blue ring posts that will help you to navigate the trail and the stained glass window is quite spectacular when timed with the lowering sun! ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Sculpture Garden
“From a beautiful stained glass window hanging in the forest, to interesting dens and sculptures celebrating the forest's past, the Sculpture Trail is a good walk along firm forest paths. Park at the Speech House Woodland for free parking. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Castle
“Set high on the banks of the River Wye next to the River Severn this Castle was in a great position to control movement in and out of Wales. Chepstow Castle was founded in Norman times and has been added to over the centuries.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Store
“Favourite haunt of mine, can while away hours wandering around the micro artisan shops, garden nursery and cafe. Gets busy sometimes!”
  • 12 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Scenic Viewpoint
“Beechenhurst lies in the heart of the forest, and is a great place to park up and start your adventure. Why not begin by discovering the Sculpture Trail. The 4.5 mile trail is one of the UK's first art trails and features 16 works created by artists commissioned to interpret the Forest environment and the history of its landscape. The sculptures are installed within the woodland, so seek out the blue ring posts that will help you to navigate the trail and the stained glass window is quite spectacular when timed with the lowering sun! ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Event Space
“Very good standard of pub food. Booking adviseable and very close. They have rooms too”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The Moody Cow is the perfect place to relax and enjoy superb food, drinks, and hospitality in the pretty village of Upton Bishop.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Modern rustic feel, for those with pure food indulgence in mind. Light lunches, dinner & cocktails. Suitable for a special occasion. Pre-booking essential. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
“Delicious restaurant quality food in charming little black and white timbered pub.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Michelin star restaurant with 3 AA rosettes puts The Whitebrook amongst one the top restaurants in the country. Located just 4 miles away makes it the perfect stop for foodies or for those celebrating a special occasion. Booking recommended and serves food between: Lunch: 12pm-2pm Dinner: 7pm-9pm”
  • 9 locals recommend
Vineyard
“Three Choirs Vineyard is a 30-minute drive from Malvern. The Brasserie is a very pleasant place to eat (Tuesday to Sunday), tours and tastings (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11.30am).”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Our local and best place to eat. You won't be disappointed though I recommend booking before you come as they are often booked up. It is around a 20 minute walk from the tents.”
  • 8 locals recommend

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