Puzzlewood
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Puzzlewood - A Magical Day Out in the Forest of Dean. Why is Puzzlewood magical? Is it the maze of pathways winding through deep gulleys of moss covered rocks, the twisted roots of the Yew trees or the bridges, ‘lookouts’ and features to find on your way round? Puzzlewood is enchanting; it has an atmosphere quite unlike any other woodland. Here you can imagine that you are in a fantasy film, and that fantastic creatures lurk round every corner. Puzzlewood is used for Merlin, Dr Who and recently for a new Warner Bros movie called Jack the Giant Killer (release date June 2012). Also onsite are farm animals, willow maze, indoor maze, playground, picnic tables, café and gift shop.
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  • Lesley M
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom84 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good half day out
    After reading the reviews we didn't know what to expect,however it was expensive..£55 for 5 adults and a child and a little underwhelming. We'd done the walk around in about an hour,no trail markers so don't know if we went right way...however for us it worked as our Grandaughter skipped ahead whilst us adults strolled behind chatting. It was also lovely and cool on a hot day.We left at 1.30,having walked around twice ...so it isn't a whole day activity but very peaceful and calming.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 June 2023
  • Phil R
    Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, United Kingdom170 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Adventure
    Need to allow yourself a good hour and a half here. A stunning ancient forrest. A magical place. Need to be careful when wet. The rocks are unforgiving but it is nature after all! Peaceful and serene. You can imagine you are there because the trees allow it, if you know what i mean.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 June 2023
  • LizGentry_1
    London, United Kingdom45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun afternoon exploring
    We had such a lovely afternoon exploring the woods here. Kids will need to use their imagination to really appreciate the magic but for us that was half the fun! It was a highlight of our trip and would definitely come back again.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 July 2023
  • Louise H
    Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom1,500 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Puzzle on how to Exit
    It’s a magical place to see but found the leaflet given not helpful, need a map showing routes & how to get out when you have explored enough or some signage. Need sensible foot ware & able to climb the narrow walkways & steps. The entry price seem a bit high.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Nigel W
    9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Family fun day
    For a wet day, it was a great experience. Safe for all young and old. A lot of natural stone steps are steep and uneven. Clear trails to follow. Some natural sculptures for the children and adults to spot. Tad expensive entry fee for what's there. Enjoyed the visit though.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Mike W
    Carterton, United Kingdom101 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A unique experience
    Amazing ancient wood tucked away in the Forest of Dean. Wasn't expecting it to be so big but it took the family over an hour to walk around the whole thing. Lots of climbing and many slippery places so best to take good footwear even if it hasn't been raining. Some animals out front too and a maze that kept the kids occupied for half an hour. Cafe is small but the cakes are great and plenty of picturesque seating out in the gardens.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Jack
    Hampshire, United Kingdom38 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great!
    Firstly these woodlands are amazing, if you're a fan of Merlin or Star Wars then puzzlewood is one to check out! Very unique and surreal, lots of different paths and interesting rock/tree formations. The only let down was the price around the £23 pp mark. However this feels justified in order to keep the area well preserved and care for the farm animals on site.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 August 2023
  • Zoe F
    Bath, United Kingdom30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The most magical woods ever!!
    This is the most magical wood ever. It was well designed and so stunning. The pictures don't do it justice really. Slippy underfoot so use the rails. Lots of stone steps so no pushchairs allowed. Dogs are not permitted but assistance dogs can go. It felt so calming and wonderful, like I am in Harry Potter or the game of thrones where some of them were filmed. Even the other tourists had respect and we all gave each other space to have walks without it feeling crowded. A must see!!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Nicola S
    Stockport, United Kingdom12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ignore the negative reviews!
    Having read some of the reviews we nearly didn't go, but so glad we did! It really is magical and not just like any other forest as one reviewer said. It was a tenner to get in, but we were there exploring for well over 2 hours, and so the other miserable reviewer who reckons he only spent an hour there, must have either ran through it,or missed most of it. It was a wet and dismal day when we went, but I reckon that added to the atmosphere. We could have spent longer there, but my bladder dictated it was time to leave! Ignore the miserable reviews, and go and have fun taking loads of pix and exploring!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 August 2023
  • MistyDC
    33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A truly magical little piece of primeval Britain!
    Don’t listen to any of the negative reviews. Anyone who thinks that this is just a walk in the woods is either lying about having been there or is just an empty husk of a human being. It is an stunning ancient place that gives you a glimpse into our primeval past. If you still have even the tiniest bit of your child self about you, you will see the magic. We went on one of the rainiest days of the year and even then it was gorgeous. Probably more so than it would have been on a sunny day. The paths were a bit slippery because of the rain but were perfectly well maintained and we managed just fine. There seems to be a bit of a issue with the price for some people. It’s a tenner a head for goodness sake. The fact that you have 3 kids may be where the problem lies and not with the people who are fighting to keep a tiny bit of our ancient woodland alive for future generations to see. Suffice to say we loved it and it was worth the money! Note to the owners: whilst getting turned around is undoubtedly part of the fun; a sign or two to ensure you see it all wouldn’t go amiss especially for those of us who get lost in a broom closet.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 September 2023
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Marc B
18 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
If our concerns had been dealt with at the point we raised them at the time of our visit I would have refrained from writing this review. Instead our wife and I were given the email address of the owner or a more senior member of staff without any apology or empathy. All we received were excuses.

Our concerns were around the following. The terrain was slippy even with walking boots and no there are not hand rails at every point needed. The wood is not clearly marked and we passed numerous people who had no idea where they were going.

You can have a map at the start, but this is not offered and is on request which they dont tell you about when you pay.

It is also overpriced for what is essentially a walk in the woods. Many people will enjoy this experience but if you are looking for something magical, I would look elsewhere. Not a pleasant experience.
Written 21 June 2024
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swillw28
Walsall, UK154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Blown away to be honest. Never been in a forest as magical as this. Yes, you have to pay, but it was money well spent. it felt like being a movie set. I don't think photos can do it justice. In real life it was something special.
Written 9 June 2024
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Amy B
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
If you love being surrounded by nature, Puzzlewood is a must visit. It is absolutely beautiful and a great place for families.
The walks can be slippery so make sure to where sensible shoes.
There are also animals, a café and gift shop.
Written 9 June 2024
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Jack K
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK98 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
I visited here on June 01st with my boyfriend and his sister and her partner. It was a lovely way to spend a couple of hours. The cafe was nice as was the area up front with animals. We had good fun walking around the forest area also. It’s a lovely way to spend a few hours.
Written 9 June 2024
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Claire
North West England, UK45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
We had a great time at Puzzlewood! Our 4 year old loved the crazy paths and the 20 object challenge to tick off as we went round. The twist and turns kept us entertained! Great fun for all ages and study boots recommended!

They have a great cafe, outdoor and covered picnic areas, toilets and baby changing facilities, farm animals and a great covered area for little ones to play and maze.

We will definitely be back!
Written 5 June 2024
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LordCadwell
Maidenhead, UK640 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Lose yourself among gnarled and twisted trees moss-encrusted boulders and jurassic-like ferns. It will be busy but tolerable if the main car park is nearly full. Plenty of tables for picnics. Paths are narrow and slippery, as are the many natural stone steps. Handrails are rustic and the place is all the better for not giving in to health and safety paranoia in this enchanting ancient woodland
Written 1 June 2024
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domdab
Chalfont St Peter, UK436 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Great place with so many narrow paths around hidden paths . Hard to walk when is just after rain but still worth to come and see . I don’t think you can have so much fun when’s hot and sunny , specific atmosphere there you can feel just with a little darkness in the sky . Good price , a little problem with parking , beautiful surroundings and farm for a little once to explore animals . Will back again for sure
Written 29 May 2024
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howiet1971
Swindon, UK1,706 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
What a stunning wood; I’ve never been in one quiet like this. It FELT ancient (it is) and has a fascinating iron age and Roman history. It’s also so beautiful and unusual that it is used for many films and TV shows. (Star Wars, Doctor Who and many more.) In fact, always check before visiting that there is no filming going on as the woods will be closed to the general public.
The walk through the wood on paths with handrails (needed in wet, muddy weather) and other than a couple of areas, you mustn’t stray from the path (not because there are werewolves, but because you’ll damage the lichen, moss, fungi etc.) The bird song was everywhere and it was such a beautiful experience. Great for kids, as they have to search for the ‘Roman coins’ throughout the walk, and there is also a little farm yard zoo (goats, chickens and donkeys) on entry, toilets and a café. Parking was free.
TIP: take wellies or walking shoes if there has been any rain recently.
Written 28 May 2024
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Samantha
74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Absolutely beautiful place to visit. Just kept saying “wow” as we walked round and took so many photos. There was no map and at first I was a bit peeved as we didn’t know if we’d missed anything, but if you just kept walking round you’ll find it looks different depending on which way you are going, so it was better without a map as you just kept walking.

You need good shoes as it’s steep with lots of steps and bridges or narrow walk ways. It can be muddy if it’s been raining.

Outside the forest there was other stuff for children such as a playground and a shed with a road and go karts, but we didn’t use these as we didn’t have children (you don’t need kids to go here!). There was a cafe but it seemed a little expensive for what it was so we didn’t use this either.

I would say if you love nature that’s a bit unique, or are a fan of LOTRs, Star Wars, Merlin, Dr Who or Harry Potter and want to see somewhere they filmed, then this is a must!
Written 26 May 2024
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Emily B
Dunstable, UK205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Great place to visit! The woods were really cool; It was like an adults playground! Would definitely recommend a visit. The only one thing I would say is that if they could have given us an actual map that would have been good. A bit far for us but would like to go back again one day
Written 5 May 2024
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