With an area covering more than 500 square kilometres, there are plenty of things to do in the Forest of Dean, with miles of walking and cycling tracks, caves, museums, gardens, the river Wye and bundles of pubs and restaurants. 

With so many attractions, it was easy for us to put together a list of the top things to do in this great forest, so you can easily plan your holiday.

We would be perfectly happy taking in the forest that surrounds our Bracelands campsite, with enough walking and cycling routes to keep any avid walker or cyclist happy. If this is what you’re looking for then view our Forest of Dean walking section where you can find routes and articles on what it’s like to exercise in the area.

If exploring is your thing, take a dive below ground level – to approximately -200ft if you’re brave enough – at the incredible Clearwell Caves. Take a self-guided tour around the vast caverns that dwell 100ft underground, or plunge into the labyrinth of passageways that exist just beyond.

Above ground there are plenty more things to do in the Forest of Dean, from Westbury Court Gardens and Lydney Park Estate to Littledean Jail Museum and The Secret Forest.

Take a look at our list of activities below for more ideas and information and if you’re still not sure, take a look at some of our articles on things to do in the Forest of Dean. 

Things to do in the Forest of Dean


Whirlikidz, Chepstow

If you’re looking for a place for the kids to blow off a little steam, Whirlkidz provides a safe and friendly soft play area. With free Wi-Fi and a fantastic café adults are sure to have a good time too!

JDR Karting, Bristol Road

Thrill seekers listen up; 45 minutes from the site you’ll find a unique indoor racetrack providing the best go karting experience around. Great for beginners and seasoned drivers. Ages 12 +

Clearwell Caves

Clearwell Caves is a working mining museum where you can see the impressive caverns the miners created.
Puzzelewood (Shutterstock, GuyBerresfordPhotography)


Puzzlewood is unique and a great day out for all the family, where you can explore all of what the forest has to offer.
saracens head inn

The Saracens Head Inn

Perfectly situated on the banks of the River Wye, The Saracens Head Inn is one of the best places to stop for lunch or a quick drink.

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