Attractions

Top Choice Bird Sanctuary in Forest of Dean

International Centre for Birds of Prey

Watch raptors swoop and dive at this large, long-standing countryside complex, 2 miles southwest of Newent (follow the signs). There are three flyings per day (11.30am, 2pm and 4.15pm), along with aviaries housing 7…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Forest of Dean

Symonds Yat Rock

Soaring 504m high above Symonds Yat East, this limestone outcrop has outstanding wraparound views of the River Wye and the surrounding countryside. It's a favourite spot for birdwatchers; you may be lucky enough to …
Museum in Forest of Dean

Dean Heritage Centre

This entertaining museum looks at everything from the Forest of Dean’s geology and wildlife to the Roman occupation, medieval hunting laws, cottage crafts, the arrival of the railway and coal mining. There are plent…
Forest in Forest of Dean

Puzzlewood

A pre-Roman open-cast ore mine, overgrown with eerie moss-covered trees, Puzzlewood is a 14-acre woodland web of paths, weird rock formations, tangled vines, rickety bridges, 200 uneven steps and dark passageways se…
Castle in Forest of Dean

Goodrich Castle

Seemingly part of its craggy red bedrock, Goodrich is a dramatic, partly ruined castle topped by a 12th-century keep that opens up spectacular countryside views. An audioguide tells the castle’s story from its origi…
Village in Forest of Dean

Symonds Yat

Right on the northwest edge of the Forest of Dean, squeezed between the River Wye and the towering limestone outcrop known as Symonds Yat Rock, Symonds Yat is a tiny, endearing tangle of pubs, guesthouses and campsi…
Cave in Forest of Dean

Clearwell Caves

Descend into the damp subterranean world of a 4500-year-old iron and ochre mine, comprising a warren of dimly lit passageways, caverns and pools, and home to several species of bats. ‘Deep Level Caving’ sessions (ad…
Winery in Forest of Dean

Three Choirs Vineyard

While ‘quality English wine’ might sound like an oxymoron, a handful of English producers are making just that. Three Choirs is England's third biggest winery, producing 250,000 bottles annually from 20 varieties of…