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Coleford is the administrative centre of the Forest of Dean.

The town was first recorded as Colevorde in 1275 when it was part of the Royal hunting forest. Coleford received a Royal Charter from Charles I in recognition of the town's loyalty to his father (James I).

Speech House, to the east of the town, was built in the 17th century as a hunting lodge for Charles II. Now a hotel, the building also houses the courthouse of the Verderer of the Forest of Dean.

Coleford developed as an important mining centre and retains a strong industrial heritage. It was here in the 1800s that Robert Mushet invented the process of making steel.

The old church tower still stands in the market place but the octagonal chapel, demolished in 1882, is now marked by a memorial cross. Nearby are the fascinating Clearwell Caves.

Tourist Attractions in and near Coleford to Visit



Puzzle Wood A unique wood in the Forest of Dean, see if you can find your way through !

Clearwell Caves Nine caverns to discover.

Beechenhurst Lodge and Picnic Site Forest of Dean walks, trails and open countryside.

Wye Valley Heritage Centre 4.4 miles Enjoy the maze, butterfly zoo, minature golf and more.

Forest Model Village and Gardens 6.0 miles Lots of delightful minature buildings.



Monmouth Castle 4.5 miles 12th century remains of the birthplace of Henry V.

Goodrich Castle 5.7 miles A dramatic ruined castle to visit.



Lydney Park Spring Garden 5.7 miles A lovely woodland garden in the Forest of Dean.

Art Galleries

Art Galleries

Taurus Crafts 6.0 miles Local arts and crafts visitor centre with resident craftsmen.

Historic Houses

Historic Houses

Little Dean Hall 6.2 miles Stone house, which includes the remains of an Anglo-Saxon hall.The exterior was remodelled in 1852 bin neo-Jacobean style The cellar is probably the oldest room in any English country house open to the public. Reputedly England's oldest inhabited house.



Hopewell Colliery Museum Find out about the local Freeminers.

Monmouth Museum 4.4 miles Local history and the Nelson Collection.

Towns Near Coleford To Visit - straight line distance:

Symonds Yat (3.50 miles) Monmouth (4.38 miles) Lydney (5.88 miles) Ross-On-Wye (8.71 miles)
How to get to Coleford
Coleford, A4136 east from Monmouth. B4234 then B4226 from Lydney
The Speech House - "A Bespoke Hotel" -
Nr Coleford, The Forest Of Dean Coleford GL16 7EL

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Tudor Farmhouse Hotel
High Street Clearwell near Coleford GL16 8JS

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The Wyndham Arms Hotel
Clearwell near Coleford GL16 8JT

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Guest Houses, Bed and Breakfasts, Inns and other Hotels
Edale House
Folly Road Coleford GL15 4JF

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Folly Road Coleford GL15 4JF

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Monmouth Road,Edge End Coleford GL16 7HB

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Holiday Cottages
Rookery Barn
St. Briavels near Coleford GL15 6RZ
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Arles Barn
Shortstanding Coleford GL16 7NT
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Parkend near Coleford GL15 4JL
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Coleford Weather
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