Hopewell Colliery
Hopewell Colliery
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  • M C
    2 contributions
    A must when you visit the area
    Excellent tour for all ages - from the young kids to adults. Extremely informative and engaging. Many new things to learn for everyone and an unique way to experience the mines and mining. Rich was an outstanding guide. The cafe is also very good with great variety of hot and cold food for a tasty lunch.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 April 2023
  • Liz C
    Royston, United Kingdom31 contributions
    Great place
    I went to look before taking a school trip there. They will love it , it’s a fascinating place. The two guides were most helpful, knowledgeable and informative. I think the place would be great for families and anyone with a keen sense of history.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 April 2023
  • Michelle W
    3 contributions
    Brilliant!
    Had the most fantastic tour with Richard so informative and interesting! Lots and lots of questions asked and answered. What a little treasure this mine is, such interesting history, and it's still a working mine. Just fascinating. There is also a very lovely cafe on site which is open until 3pm (I think!). Great pasty, cream tea and a slice of pavlova. Well worth a visit and very reasonable prices for the tour and cafe.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 20 June 2023
  • Sally W
    5 contributions
    Great experience
    Great experience, very interesting tour underground. Cool temperature and tall people need to take care walking under the low roof height! Great cafe on site with friendly staff.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 26 June 2023
  • Geoff W
    2 contributions
    Excellent tour
    The guide, Rich, was very knowledgeable and informative. He is a Freeminer himself and shared his experiences freely. He made the tour of the mine very interesting and explained everything in a very easy to understand way. The tour lasted a lot longer than was advertised. Very definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 June 2023
  • jennifer m
    London, United Kingdom5 contributions
    Amazing experience
    This underground tour of a working mine was amazing, the tour guide Rich was knowledgeable, funny and definitely worth a visit. It was a small group and that was really nice, and we were encouraged to ask lots of questions. Well worth the cost of the ticket and different to the walking tours available. Steady shoes required as walk down to the mine is a little steep, but we felt safe.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 July 2023
  • Liz S
    4 contributions
    Go!
    Exhilarating! The tour guide Rich is a Free miner- listening to his expertise as you visit the mine is mesmerising. You see the coal seam, where the coal is taken from the coal face and experience total darkness (not for long!). Adults and kids loved it. Thank you Hopewell Colliery for sharing your passion for free mining, geology and the heritage of the Forest of Dean.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Paul
    Berlin, Germany5 contributions
    Miss this at your peril!
    What an amazing tour. The mine and history is fascinating. Richey, the tour guide was brilliant, a real font of knowledge which was delivered with passion and humour. He even thrilled our two teenagers who really enjoyed the experience. I would recommend booking because if you miss this, you have missed a treat!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 August 2023
  • mrsbrown412
    Bath, United Kingdom58 contributions
    Give it a go!!
    A very enjoyable tour, with the gentlemen which took us down the mine, was extremely knowledgeable, and very friendly. He managed to book us on to the guide at the last minute. There is a nice café, And a large shaded car park. The tour is very reasonably priced only £10 for an adult and £9 for children. My 12 year old thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 August 2023
  • Mobile593536
    1 contribution
    Essential experience for your visit to the Forest of Dean.
    An absolutely essential visit if you're at all interested in the life and history of the Forest of Dean and what makes it so unique. The trip down the mine itself was an extraordinary experience well worth your time, but what makes it exceptional is guide Rich, a working freeminer himself, who communicates his deep knowledge of the history of the industry, the area and its people with great humour and patience. Can't recommend highly enough. The cafe is lovely too and well worth a stop even if you don't have time for the mine tour.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 September 2023
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Hilary R
4 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Knowledgable tour which was good for kids. We went on a wet February day and had a good tour. Learnt LOTS and was a good length visit. Good explanation of how the tunnels are made and coal is mined.
Written 13 February 2024
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John P
5 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
An outstanding experience! Rich,who took us on the underground tour was so informative and interesting and explained everything so well. The staff in the cafe were friendly and nothing was too much trouble for them .Spotlessly clean with an excellent menu. The pasties were lovely ! Met another miner who was very friendly on the way back to the car park who was a real character! All in all I can highly recommend Hopewell colliery as a superb few hours out. Fascinating insight into Freemining in the Forest of Dean👍
Written 3 November 2023
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David C
1 contribution
Oct 2023 • Family
Experience was really good, very informative tour great value for money. Totally recommend this for a visit.
Written 19 October 2023
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Cherrub45
Solihull, UK29 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
My husband booked to go down mine as he comes from a mining family. I decided as I wasn't too agile not to go. As my husband was the only one booked Rich was unable to take him on his own.
My husband asked if it was possible for me to go and Rich took me to the top of mine to assess it for myself. I decided to go and it was more than worth it. Rich took time to make sure I was OK.
The information he gave us was really good and explained very clearly and questions answered.
Would thoroughly recommend it
Written 11 October 2023
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Sarah R
10 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Richard was a fantastic tour guide, extremely knowledgeable and informative. Only £10 each and an hour in the mine, money very well spent. Highly recommend it. Cafe very nice too.
Written 20 September 2023
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Mobile593536
1 contribution
Sept 2023 • Solo
An absolutely essential visit if you're at all interested in the life and history of the Forest of Dean and what makes it so unique. The trip down the mine itself was an extraordinary experience well worth your time, but what makes it exceptional is guide Rich, a working freeminer himself, who communicates his deep knowledge of the history of the industry, the area and its people with great humour and patience.

Can't recommend highly enough.

The cafe is lovely too and well worth a stop even if you don't have time for the mine tour.

Written 18 September 2023
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mrsbrown412
Bath, UK58 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
A very enjoyable tour, with the gentlemen which took us down the mine, was extremely knowledgeable, and very friendly. He managed to book us on to the guide at the last minute. There is a nice café, And a large shaded car park. The tour is very reasonably priced only £10 for an adult and £9 for children. My 12 year old thoroughly enjoyed it.
Written 24 August 2023
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Emily M
7 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
Went solo on a 1 hr guided tour. Thoroughly enjoyed it, the guide Rich was very knowledgeable and had a great attitiude. The group was small (8 people?) so it was easy to be engaged and get a lot out of it.
Written 23 August 2023
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Paul
Berlin, Germany5 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
What an amazing tour. The mine and history is fascinating. Richey, the tour guide was brilliant, a real font of knowledge which was delivered with passion and humour. He even thrilled our two teenagers who really enjoyed the experience. I would recommend booking because if you miss this, you have missed a treat!
Written 19 August 2023
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the_rawr
7 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
A real insight into how life was and also how sone men (not women) still chose to carve out a niche for themselves.

Saw how coal was pulled out of the ground and then pulled out yo the surface

These mines still sell coal today !
Written 11 August 2023
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