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Address: Camp Mill, Soudley, Soudley GL14 2UB, England
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+44 1594 822170
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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The Dean Heritage Centre is one of Gloucestershire's leading attractions....

The Dean Heritage Centre is one of Gloucestershire's leading attractions. Set across a stunning and fully interactive five acre site, the centre protects and preserves the unique history and heritage of the beautiful Forest of Dean. 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; a reconstructed Victorian cottage; a charcoal burner's camp; an adventure playground; chainsaw carving demonstrations; a variety of animals, an onsite gift shop and cafe 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.

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Fun couple of hours

Stopped in on the way to visit Goodrich castle and We were pleasantly surprised with the find. Interesting museum if a little past its best but the cottage and workshops were... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
NeilandShar
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped in on the way to visit Goodrich castle and We were pleasantly surprised with the find. Interesting museum if a little past its best but the cottage and workshops were great. The addition of the Gruffalo trail for the little one completed and nice morning.

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Thank NeilandShar
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited with our 2 and 4 year old children. My kids loved the pigs, water wheel, park and small Gruffalo trail. If your kids are older than 6ish, these areas might not appeal to them much. Inside, the museum was a nice mix of hands on exploring and displays for adults detailing life and history in the Forest of... More 

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Thank Smertin88
Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited with my dad. Found this museum interesting with lots of artifacts to see. Tells the history of the Forest of Dean from pre historic to present day. I liked the fact that you can wonder at your own pace. Plenty to see: 5 galeries, foresters cottage & cottage garden, Anderson shelter, pigs, ferrets, water wheel, daily life, victorian school... More 

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Thank trudyprice2016
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

The £25 family cost is very steep when you get in and realise there is little to do and see. We were done in 40 minutes and back in the car looking for something else to do.

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Thank Ollie S
Herefordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

I took my two grand children to The Heritage Centre today they loved it and so did I the centre is laid out very well with many interesting artifats the man with the ferrets was very amusing and knowledgeable about these little creatures. The kids loved the grufalo trail and what a clever man that carved all the creatures out... More 

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Thank philip c
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

If I could I would NOT give this place even one star rating. The museum is stagnating. There is no atmosphere the installations are dreary, the communal walking spaces - which have few people walking in them allow range vista which unfortunately shows that there is nothing to walk towards. There is no audio atmosphere created. Dennis Potters living room... More 

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Thank Joan C
Bromyard, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

I always known it as the "old mill" never as the museum. I used to go up to the cafe and buy a chocolate bar/sandwich and sit out side with little Milton. All the kids used to love my old pony streaking him giving him attention!

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Thank Althea234
Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

we visited Dean heritage centre with our 9 month old son & loved it - the lady on reception was fantastic - really friendly & enthusiastic. She took the time to stop & chat with us several times during our visit and was really helpful throughout. They had a Christmas search on for young children which she gave us to... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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218 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

We had a great day here, it is not a highly polished attraction and is all the richer for it. A variety of activities made this a really excellent visit for the whole family. From the themed trail for the children and the suspension bridge that proved very popular with the younger family members through the history and artifacts displayed... More 

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Thank D C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

The place had some interesting information about the Forest's past and the history of the centre. I found the steam engine and water wheel fascinating. We chose a quiet day to visit and found the woodland walk extremely peaceful. The café provides some good coffee and homemade delights. The £3 parking is only charged if you aren't visiting the centre... More 

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