Dean Heritage Centre, Forest of Dean
Forest of Dean
Discover the story of the Forest, in the heart of the Forest.
Step out into the woodland to experience the lives of charcoal burners, traditional cottage-dwellers, and free miners.
Explore a Victorian Foresters’ cottage, free mine entrance, and charcoal burners camp. An impressive waterwheel and beam engine are also on show.
Indoors the museum tells the history of a beautiful Forest formed by an industrial past. It reveals a unique culture which visitors will find hard to forget.
For families, dressing up clothes, craft activities, and trails around the museum provide plenty to occupy everyone - not to mention our brilliant adventure playground!
Enjoy a range of homemade cakes, meals and drinks in our cafe overlooking the mill pond. Picnic areas and specially built barbeques can be found around the site.
Our shop stocks a wide range of gifts, from small pocket-money items, to the stunning work of a range of local artists including the Dean Oak Cooperative, Mary Rose Young, and Victor Hugo. We also sell charcoal produced on site during our traditional charcoal burns.
A great place to start your visit to the Forest!
Museum, Garden, parklands or rural site
Summer 10am - 5pm (BST)
Winter 10am - 4pm (GMT)
Open Bank holidays except 24th - 26th December
Open New Year's Day 11am - 4pm
Closed: 24th - 26th December
Family Ticket £14.00
Discounts for group bookings
- Museums Association
Our library is open to the public by appointment.
Includes archaeology, natural history, geology, industrial history, coal and iron mining, agriculture, costume, social history, friendly societies, library and archives.
Key artefacts include a working 19th century beam engine, a collection of 18th century longcase clocks, a 3-dimensional geological model of the Forest of Dean and an extensive archive and photographic collection about the Forest of Dean.
Agriculture, Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Industry, Land Transport, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Photography, Science and Technology, Social History, Trade and Commerce
Key artists and exhibits
- Sopwith geological model
- Voyce longcase clocks