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Clearwell Caves

An extensive natural cave system, set in a beautiful valley. Walk through the nine impressive caverns and mine workings with exciting mining equipment and geological displays throughout. Remarkably, the caves have produced artists' pigment for over 4,500 years and ochre pigments are still mined here today.


  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access


The Rocks, Clearwell Nr Coleford Royal Forest of Dean Gloucestershire GL16 8JR

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Open days

Daily 16 Feb-3 Nov 1000-1600 (closes 1700 30 Mar-1 Sep). Check website and our Diary Dates for Special Events.


By Bus: 31

By Rail: Lydney / 5 miles

The caves are a now a working mining museum where you see the impressive and atmospheric caverns the iron miners made. There are displays throughout telling the miners' story from the Stone Age up to the present day. Iron ore from the caves has made tools, weapons and machinery over the centuries, but iron ore also occurs as ochre powders used over the centuries to make artists' pigments. They still mine Red, yellow, purple and brown ochre here on a small scale today.

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