These impressive natural caves have been mined since the earliest times for paint pigment and iron ore. Today visitors explore nine large caverns with displays throughout. There is a colour room where ochre pigments are still produced. Deep level excursions are available for more adventurous visitors, but must be pre-booked. There is a Christmas fantasy event in December when the caverns are transformed into a magical world with Father Christmas and a seasonal story.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Facilities: Hands-on exhibits, Braille guide book, contact in advance
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open Mar-Oct, daily 10-5; Jan-Feb, Sat-Sun 10-4; Xmas Fantasy 1-24 Dec, daily 10-5
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About the area
Gloucestershire is home to a variety of landscapes. The Cotswolds, a region of gentle hills, valleys and gem-like villages, roll through the county. To their west is the Severn Plain, watered by Britain’s longest river, and characterised by orchards and farms marked out by hedgerows that blaze with mayflower in the spring, and beyond the Severn are the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley.
Throughout the county you are never far away from the past. Neolithic burial chambers are widespread, and so too are the remains of Roman villas, many of which retain the fine mosaic work produced by Cirencester workshops. There are several examples of Saxon building, while in the Stroud valleys abandoned mills and canals are the mark left by the Industrial Revolution. Gloucestershire has always been known for its abbeys, but most of them have disappeared or lie in ruins. However, few counties can equal the churches that remain here. These are many and diverse, from the ‘wool’ churches in Chipping Campden and Northleach, to the cathedral at Gloucester, the abbey church at Tewkesbury or remote St Mary’s, standing alone near Dymock.
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