One of several canoe hire companies on the Wye. Starts from the Canoe Hire centre in Symonds Yat, taking you up river for the start of your Wye Valley Canoe Trip then you paddle back. Fabulous way to enjoy the area.
Quads are alot of fun, and during your one hour quad biking activity with Chepstow Activity Centre, you will have a great time. No previous experience in driving quads is needed before you start the activity – you don’t even need a driving licence, so you can just get on and have fun. The Quads that you will use during the activity are Honda TRX250 quad bikes, and with specially prepared trails to ride on, you will enjoy great views over Wye Valley and Severn Rivers.
National Diving & Activity Centre. Based near Chepstow we offer excellent inland diving facilities and an exciting range of activities.
Enjoy this increasingly popular activity amidst the spectacular scenery of the Wye Valley. Spend a while on the river after your thorough briefing and training and then relax with refreshments from the pub that has been standing on the banks of the River Wye since 1473
The Wyedean Canoe and Adventure Centre is set in the beautiful Symonds Yat Gorge. Surrounded by the placid waters of the River Wye and the breathtaking cliffs and woodlands of Symonds Yat Rock. One can take on an unparalleled range of outdoor pursuits. They cater for everyone from the individual to organised groups and companies alike, from the novice to expert.
Experience an exciting day out, off road driving in a safe, but challenging environment. Whitecliff Off Road Centre. It is run by qualified, Lantra & Borda instructors who are experienced in competitions such as Hill Rallies, British Safari Championships and 4x4 Off road club trial challenges throughout the UK. They cater for beginners to advanced levels, extreme conditions to winching & recovery courses. A variety of Land Rovers and Range Rovers are carefully maintained, ensuring an excellent safety record. The 4x4 driving site, with its variety of surfaces is one of the best in the UK and offers a range of difficulty, obstacles and terrain.
The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley is home to a great range of attractions - some man-made, some completely natural but all of them well worth a visit. You may wish to discover the area's history, or enjoy a stroll around a nature reserve.
There’s an array of family oriented attractions where you can all have fun, relax or enjoy some animal magic. On rainy days there’s also plenty to do from museums to caves or how about spending some time riding a steam train through the forest or taking a cruise down the River Wye.
There really is no shortage of ideas for things to see and do in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean.
Puzzlewood is a unique and enchanting ancient woodland, located in the beautiful and historic Forest of Dean. Explore a mile of meandering pathways, with its fantastic tree and rock formations and an atmosphere quite unlike any other wood you have visited. JRR Tolkien is reputed to have taken his inspiration for the fabled forests of Middle Earth from Puzzlewood. A host of film and TV programmes have been filmed there.
Admire the picturesque views of the River Wye and surrounding area from this internationally famous viewpoint. Discover the ancient hill fort, spot birds of prey including the Peregrine Falcons that have nested in the limestone cliffs of Coldwell Rocks for the past 20 years. Enjoy a snack from the log cabin café or take a picnic.
Established in 1986, this four mile long Sculpture Trail was one of the first to open in the UK. The Trail features sculptures created by artists to interpret the Forest environment and the history of this very unusual landscape. It provides a unique opportunity to walk through the woodlands and discover art along the way. Perfect for all ages and abilities, you don't need to know about art to enjoy what you see.
The Jubilee Maze is one of Britain’s most famous traditional hedge mazes, with a romantic temple at the centre and over a kilometre of hedges. It was planted by Lindsay and Edward Heyes in 1977.
Find your way then play! This maze is a great place to play tag or Marco Polo with all the family. Not up to running around? Play by stealth! There’s a viewing platform for calling directions... but who can you trust?
House & Gardens
Like many gardens, the Lydney Park grounds and Lydney Park Spring Gardens have evolved over time. The original house at Lydney Park was surrounded by a Pleasure Garden and a large walled garden, which backed onto the Deer Park. Over time many impressive, exotic and rare trees have been planted in the Deer Park by successive generations of the family.
Some of the original formal gardens at Lydney Park were cleared to grow potatoes during the Second World War, leaving a blank canvas for the second Lord and Lady Bledisloe. As a result in the 1950's, a paved terrace, two fountain pools, hedges and lawns were introduced into the garden together with a major replanting programme - the result is an impressive display of spring colour. Flowering Cherries, Magnolias, scented spring flowering shrubs and drifts of spring bulbs provide a stunning entrance to Lydney Park Gardens.
Museums & Zoos
Big Pit is a real coal mine and one of Britain's leading mining museums. With facilities to educate and entertain all ages, Big Pit is an exciting and informative day out.
A major attraction for over 200 years, with plenty to do above and below ground.
Houses a large collection of birds of prey with over 60 species of owls, eagles and hawks. Experience Days can be booked for the whole group.
As featured on the BBC's Animal Park. Get close to lions, tigers, and giraffe in the UK's first Safari Park; get lost in the Longleat Hedge Maze, take a sea lion escorted cruise on the Safari Boats, journey on the Longleat Railway, marvel at the treasures and heirlooms of Longleat House and much much more...your day at Longleat will never be enough! To best enjoy your day purchase the Passport Ticket to explore all of the attractions.
Stonehenge stands impressively as a prehistoric monument of unique importance, a World Heritage Site, surrounded by remains of ceremonial and domestic structures - some older than the monument itself. Many of these features - earthworks, burial mounds and other circular ‘henge’ monuments - are accessible by road or public footpath. Stonehenge’s orientation on the rising and setting sun has always been one of its remarkable features. Whether this was simply because the builders came from a sun-worshipping culture, or because - as some scholars believe - the circle and its banks were part of a huge astronomical calendar, remains a mystery. To complete your journey, visit the superb gift shop and the Stonehenge Cafe. Audio tour available in ten languages; easy disabled access; hearing loop and Braille guide available.
STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway is housed in a beautifully restored Grade II railway building in the heart of the former Swindon railway works. The Museum tells the story of the men and women who built, operated and travelled on the Great Western Railway - 'God’s Wonderful Railway' - a railway network that, through the pioneering vision and genius of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, was regarded as the most advanced in the world. Steam is open 10:00-17:00 daily.
SS Great Britain
Slimbridge is home to an astounding array of wildlife including the world's largest collection of swans.
You can walk with butterflies from around the world. Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo is indoors, it’s tropical and it’s teeming with exotic butterflies. Living butterflies fly around as you discover their fascinating lives in close-up. See every stage of their life-cycle: Egg, caterpillar, chrysalis and some of the world’s most beautiful butterflies.
4 mile, 100 acre Safari
Places to Visit
Pewsey White Horse
The white horse was cut by volunteers from Pewsey Fire Brigade in 1937 to commemorate the Coronation of George VI. Originally the date it was cut appeared above the horse, but this has since disappeared. This current horse replaces a lost 18th century one. The horse is now maintained by the Pewsey 6X club. Grid reference: SU 171 580
The Dean Forest Railway provides the sight, sounds and smells of travel on a rural branch line from a bygone era. A standard gauge heritage railway operated by stream trains.
Indoor Village and Secret Passages Play under cover at Foxy Hollow Hidden Treasure Covered Picnic Tables Woodland Walks.