Located in the Royal Forest of Dean you’ll find caves dating back 4,500 years when Neolithic miners dug for ochre pigments. Iron ore was mined here until 1945, but ochre mining to make artists pigment still continues today. There are nine impressive caverns to explore, with displays throughout, a visitor centre, gift shop and café. You’ll get a real insight of how generations of miners including young children used to work in these mines. You’ll also get the chance to see why Merlin and Dr Who chose to film here. You’ll really enjoy yourself at this site, although watch out for the ‘old man’ thought to haunt the place!
For visitors looking for even more adventure there are caving activities advertised through the school holidays. You are taken beyond the public areas to explore spectacular caverns abandoned centuries ago.
Opening Times: 10am – 5pm Daily, 14th Feb to 2nd November
Costs: Adults £6.50, Child (5-16) £4.50, Concession £5.50. Family (2+2) £20.00, Family (2+3) £23.50. For caving and some other activities, different prices apply, see website for full details.
Photo Credits: © Clearwell Caves
For further information please visit: http://www.clearwellcaves.com