Click on the boxes below to reveal some suggestions for places to visit. Whether it be fun, excitement or thousands of years worth of history that interest’s you…there’s plenty to do whilst staying in the area.
Things to do and see
Could it be the maze of pathways winding through the gulleys of mossy rocks, the twisted roots of the yew trees or the bridges, lookouts and other things you can find on your way round?
Puzzlewood is a unique and enchanting place, located in the beautiful and historic Forest of Dean. Explore a mile of meandering pathways, with its fantastic tree and rock formations, through this 14 acre ancient woodland. It has an atmosphere quite unlike any other wood you have visited. JRR Tolkien is reputed to have taken his inspiration for the fabled forests of Middle Earth from Puzzlewood, and it’s easy to see why.
The International Centre for Birds of Prey
The International Centre for Birds of Prey is the oldest dedicated birds of prey centre in the world, but unless you are interested in birds of prey – why visit?
Well I can almost guarantee that you will enjoy it. We humans are surrounded by birds in our daily lives, but so often don’t notice them, a visit here gives you the opportunity to see one group of birds up close, with in many cases no wire, and watch them fly amazingly close to you.
Go Ape – The UK’s No.1 forest adventure
Days out with us are about living life adventurously, having fun with friends and family and exploring the great outdoors. We can be found in 30 of the UK’s most spectacular parks and forests, providing unforgettable adventures for all ages!
Perrygrove - Treehouses, Trains & Treasure
Perrygrove is in the heart of the Forest of Dean; a stunning area just 30 minutes from Gloucester, Bristol and Cardiff. It’s the perfect place to visit with children.
Set high up in the natural tree tops, our tree house cluster are a huge attraction. They’re home to a slide, swing bridge, ladders and miniature houses. It’s also a great place to wave at the train as it passes underneath you!
Atmospheric natural caverns mined for iron ore and ochre, to make up one of Britain’s most complex and oldest mine workings. The mines date back well over 4,500 years, when people began digging ochre pigments to make paints. Iron ore miners later created a warren of underground passageways connecting the huge caverns. Displays throughout the workings tell the story of the people (including children) that worked here.
The Royal Forest of Dean provides a variety of terrain and scenery with 27000 acres of deciduous and conifer woods. Rides can be easy or technical depending on your experience. The forest trails give you the opportunity to enjoy the freedom of cycling whilst enjoying the changing woodland environment.
Under 3 hours from London and Manchester with its own forest micro climate the Dean is an excellent place for year round short cycling breaks.