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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.

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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.



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



Hopewell Colliery Museum Find out about the local Freeminers.

Monmouth Museum 4.4 miles Local history and the Nelson Collection.

Monmouth Castle and Regimental Museum 4.5 miles History of Monmouth Castle and the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers.


Out & About

The Kymin 3.3 miles Beautiful scenery from a hilltop viewpoint with 18th century folly and naval memorial.

Offas Dyke 3.3 miles Long-distance footpath following this ancient border between England and Wales.



Perrygrove Railway A family day out on the narrow-gauge trains.

Dean Forest Railway 5.1 miles Enjoy a ride on a train.

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
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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Foresters Inn
Parkend near Coleford GL15 4JL
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Coleford Weather
Sunday 26th April
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Night :Clear skies2°C Clear skies
Monday 27th April
Day :Cloudy skies11°C Cloudy skies
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