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