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Destination: The Forest of Dean & Wye Valley Tours

Cotswolds
Description: Magical region of Forest, Landscapes and old towns and villages
Pronounced: deen & y val-ee
Time to spend here: 2 hours - 2 days
In the countryNature loversWalking fanatics
Forest of Dean and Wye Valley
CotswoldsForest of Dean and Wye Valley

The Forest of Dean & Wye Valley is a truly magical part of Britain; packed with stunning scenery, enchanting forests, fairy-tale castles, charming churches, dramatic caves, mystical moorlands and truly romantic landscapes. There is so much to do here for both the adventurous explorers, the adrenaline junkies and for anyone who simply appreciates stunning natural beauty. With plenty of towns, villages and landscapes simply waiting to be explored, this is a great place to truly experience natural Britain at its best.



Forest of Dean and Wye Valley promotional video

Towns, Villages and Attractions in the area
Coleford
Coleford, Wye Valley
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CotswoldsColeford is a small market town in England that is known for the production of iron. It started out as a small street in the 14th century and grew larger over the centuries. It even encountered some action during the English Civil War.  After the Civil War the town built its own market place
Clearwell Caves (Coleford)
Clearwell Caves, Wye Valley

Cotswolds
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The Clearwell Caves have been around for over 4,500 years and take you back to the time of the miners. Clearwell Caves is now turned into a museum that tells the story of these miners. Not only is it a museum, but there are a lot of cave activities and events organised in these caves.
Puzzlewood (Coleford)
Puzzlewood, Wye Valley
Cotswolds
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Placed in the historic forest of Dean, is Puzzlewood. This enchanting and unique forest is full of animals and activities. Because the scenery is zo unique and magical, this place has been used to film a lot of movies, such as Dr Who, Atlantis and the latest Star Wars movie.
Perrygrove Railway & Treetop Adventure
Perrygrove Railway and Treetop Adventure, Wye Valley
Cotswolds
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Here you can enjoy a day with the whole family. With treehouses, unlimited train rides and picnic places, this makes a lovely day with the children.
Goodrich Castle
Goodrich Castle, Wye Valley
Cotswolds
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This castle is almost a 1000 years old and considered as one of the most splendid castles in Britain. Walking through this castle will take you back to medieval times and the civil war. There are even some legends and folklore that surround the castle.
The International Centre of Birds of Prey
The International Centre of Birds of Prey, Wye Valley
Cotswolds
Cathdral
This centre, situated in Newant, is the oldest birds of prey centre in the world. Here you can find many different birds of prey, including endangered species. Wandering around the scenery you can watch over 70 species of different birds. Each demonstration is different with different birds. Not only the birds are interesting, but also the scenery is lovely.
St Marys Church, Newent
St Mary's Church, Wye Valley
Cotswolds
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Saint Mary’s Church Newent has been around for over 800 years and is famous for its 150 ft. high spire. This church is worth visiting because of the impressive wooden ceiling and tombstones.
Lydney Park
Lydney Park, Forest of Dean
Cotswolds
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Lydney Park is a 17th century country estate in Lydney, Forest of Dean district. It is known for its exquisite gardens and temple complex. In 1875, William Bathurst built a house in the centre of the deer park, with views over the River Severn. The house has a museum containing findings from the Roman site and artefacts from New Zealand.
Dean Forest Railway
Dean Forest Railway
Cotswolds
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The train line runs through the beautiful countryside and Forest of Dean. You can enjoy the lovely scenery while riding on the traditional trains.
Chepstow Castle
Chepstow Castle
Cotswolds
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The oldest post-roman castle can be found in Chepstow. On top of the cliffs, overlooking the River Wye, this castle is an amazing place. There are special events held in the castle and you can walk along the battlements and into Martens Tower. This castle was even used for the filming of Dr Who.
Tintern Abbey
Tintern Abbey, Wye Valley
Cotswolds
Cathdral
Almost a 1000 years old, Tintern Abbey is the second Christian foundation in Britain and the first in Wales. Poet Allen Ginsberg wrote his poem ‘Wales visitation’ in Tintern Abbey and it has been the setting for different music videos, such as the video ‘Can I play with madness’ by Iron Maiden. . 
Multi-attraction Passes Recommended for this destination:
CADW Pass

Englis English Heritage Pass h Heritage pass
CADW Pass
National Trust Pass

National Trust Pass
This is a great base for exploring:
Salisbury, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury, Bath, Cardiff
Transport options in this area: Public transport in the area is limited but not impossible. A hire car or driver-guide is the easiest way to get around.
Did you know:
Puzzlewood forest was the film location used for the lush forested planet of Takodana where the main characters in the film first came face to face with Kylo Ren.
Quote: “That after many wanderings, many years Of absence, these steep woods and lofty cliffs, And this green pastoral landscape, were to me More dear, both for themselves and for thy sake.” W. Wordsworth
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