Discover the history of the Forest of Dean – Dean Heritage Centre

Setin a beautiful  and fully interactive five acre site, the Dean Heritage Centre protects and preserves the unique history and heritage of the beautiful Forest of Dean.

Forest of Dean Mineshaft

  • With a wide range of things to do and see, including five onsite galleries exploring the history of the Forest from the Ice Age to the present day.
  • Set in a Heritage Mill building on five acres of woodland, overlooking a scenic Mill pond
  • The Gruffalo woodland trail
  • a reconstructed Forester’s cottage with cottage garden
  • an authentic Victorian school room
  • a charcoal burner’s camp
  • a woodland playground
  • Chainsaw carving demonstrations
  • an onsite gift shop and cafeForesters Cottage

There’s always something new and exciting to interest, inspire and surprise you.

With a full programme of special events, exhibitions, art shows and educational workshops across the year, it’s a great day out for all the family.


Opening Times

  • Summer Opening Hours: 10am-5pm
  • Winter opening Hours: 10am-4pm
  • Last admission one hour before closing time
  • Open on all Bank Holidays except 25th-26th December
  • Open New Year’s Day: 11am-4pm