Things to do at Clearwell Caves review
Clearwell Caves in Clearwell, Gloucestershire is an underground museum with passageways and 4,500-year-old galleries. The spectacular natural cave system was once mined for iron ore and ochre is still mined today by the owners so that they can sell pigments to artists.
The mines were first opened to the public in 1968. Today you can explore some of the impressive caverns worked over the centuries by many generations of iron minders. Displays tell the cave’s story from the Stone Age to the present day.
Ten caverns are open for you to discover this fascinating but hidden world. For the more adventurous visitor, you can also book on one of their deep level caving activities. Children must be 7 or older to take part. The caving excursion lasts for 2 hours (adults £40, children £30). Safety equipment is supplied and they will choose a route to suit your group.
There are bonus activities and special trails during most of the school holidays. If you want to extend your visit why not take a walk around The Secret Forest? Access is usually free with your ticket or there is an honesty box.
Covid 19 – Please check the website or social media of an attraction before visiting. Many places may be open differently and some remain closed. Reviews do not mention all of these changes or possible price changes. Most places still require you to pre-book online in advance.
FAQ and Further Information Clearwell Caves
Is there food and drink available?
There is a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks. They have plenty of space for picnics.
What are the main things to do?
4,500-year-old caves you can explore with 10 caverns, trails, museum and bonus activities. There are toilets and a cafe.
What are the ticket prices?
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Mid-range – Adult tickets are £8.00, children 4-16 £6.50 and under 4s free. Other pricing options are available including family tickets.
Is there parking?
There is free on-site parking to paying visitors.
When are they open?
Clearwell Caves are open from April until October. For up to date opening times please visit their website.
Dogs are welcome above ground but not in the caves.
Are they accessible?
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