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Attractions in the Forest of Dean
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Gloucestershire has lots of lovely countryside to explore as well as dozens of tourist attractions.

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Clearwell Caves, Coleford
Tel: 01594 832535
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Explore these ancient Forest of Dean iron mines, a fantastic natural cave system. Open March-Christmas. March-October 10am-5pm daily, January and February weekends only, 10am-5pm, Christmas Fantasy, end November-Christmas Eve, 10am-5pm daily.

Dean Forest Railway Forest Road, Lydney
Tel: 01594 843423
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Travel by train and relive the glorious age of steam on the friendly Forest line. Museum, souvenir shop, dining car and picnic area - and you can meet Wilbert the Forest Engine, one of the friends of Thomas the Tank Engine.

Dean Heritage Centre, Soudley
Tel: 01594 822170
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Explore the Forest's fascinating history including hands-on activities. Open April-October, 10am-5.30pm daily, November-March, 11am-4pm daily (closed Dec 24-26 and Jan 1).

Forest of Dean Mechanical Organ Museum, Drybrook
Tel: 01594 542278
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Collection of mechanical music from the last 150 years.

Great Western Railway Museum, Coleford
Tel: 01594 833569
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Housed in one of a railway buildings on the original site of Coleford Railway Yard. Open all year, Sat 2.30pm-5pm and Bank Holiday Mons except Christmas and New Year.

Hopewell Colliery, near Cannop
Tel: 01594 810706/832216
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Take an underground tour and walk through a classic Forest Free Mine with mine workings dating back to the 1820s. March to October, daily 10am-4pm. Call for winter opening times.

Lydney Park
Lydney Park Garden.

Lydney Park Spring Gardens and Roman Temple
Site Old Park
GL15 6BU
Tel: 01594 845497
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Set in lovely countryside, the woodland valley gardens surrounding the home of the Viscount Bledisloe are believed to have inspired Lord of the Rings writer JRR Tolkien Featuring lakes and a profusion of rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias, camellias and other flowering shrubs. The temple site with views across the Severn is one of Britain’s most important Roman archaological sites. Open March-June, Sun, Wed, bank holiday Mons, 11am-6pm.

Museum of Mazes, Symonds Yat West
Tel: 01600 890360
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Lose yourself in this fascinating interactive museum of mazes - and try out the maze for yourself.

National Birds of Prey Centre, Newent
Tel: 01531 820286
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One of the largest collection of birds of prey in the world. Over 110 aviaries housing eagles, falcons, owls, vultures, kites, hawks, and buzzards. Open February-October, 10.30am-5.30pm pr dusk if earlier.

Perrygrove Railway, near Coleford
Tel: 01594 834991
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Take a trip to the age of steam on this unique 15in gauge railway. Unlimited rides, woodland walks, treasure hunts and mini-village with secret passages.

Puzzle Wood, Coleford
Tel: 01594 833187
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Pre-Roman open cast iron mine. Maze covering 14 acres of pathways and rock ravines with secret passages and hidden doorways. Open Easter –September Tues-Sun and Bank Holiday Mons 11am-5.30pm, October 11am-4.30pm, also February half-term, weather permitting.

St Briavel's Castle, near Coleford
Remains of a 12th century stronghold with two round towers at gatehouse still standing.
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Sculpture Trail, near Coleford,
Forest of Dean

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Four-mile trail with sculptures inspired by the forest, trees and wildlife. Open daily.

Shambles Of Newent
Tel: 01531 822144
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Step back into the 1890s at one of Britain's biggest collections of everyday Victoriana in the country, laid out as a small town. Open mid-March to October, Tues-Sun and Bank Holiday Mons, 10am-5pm.

Symonds Yat Rock
Three and a half miles north-west of Coleford on B4432
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Tel: 01594 833057
World-famous viewing point over River Wye. Open daily.

Three Choirs Vineyard, Newent
Tel: 01531 890223
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See the grapes growing and watch the wine-making process at one of the country's most famous vineyards. Visitors over 18 get free tastings so it's one for mums and dads to plan into those family outings. Open April-December, 10am-5pm daily, January-March, 11am-4pm. Closed Christmas and New Year.

Taynton Farm Centre, Taynton near Newent
Tel: 01452 790220
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Working farm with areas where you can touch, feed, meet and learn about the animals. Picnic and play areas and tea shop.

Westbury Court Gardens
Westbury Court Garden.

Westbury Court Garden
GL14 1PD
Tel: 01452 760461
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Dutch-style formal water garden originally dating from 1700 and restored by the National Trust. Open March-October, Wed-Sun and bank holiday Mondays, 10am-5pm

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