See & Do: Mystery and History
The Forest of Dean was recorded in The Doomsday Book in 1086, it’s surrounding area is steeped in wonderful and ancient history and theres a wealth of actual and fantastic myths and legends associated with the area.
For our young guests, we've provided 'treasure maps' for the garden and the forest or they can seek a reputed resting place for The Holy Grail, discover locations for the recent Star Wars Movie or follow in the footsteps of Dr Who or Merlin at Puzzlewood (see links below); where they'll discover a maze of pathways winding through the gulleys of mossy rocks, the twisted roots of the yew trees or the bridges and lookouts.
The Forest was a Royal Hunting Ground at the time of William The Conqueror, but The Celts and Roman’s were early settlers and first started to mine iron ore. You’ll discover many more recent examples of the industry, in Village and Town names, and in now disused railway tracks and stations.
Just a few miles away, you’ll find the Norman ruins of Goodrich Castle; St Briavels Castle, previously an important royal defence on the frontier with Wales; you'll also find World War II defences and disused railways and stations dotted throughout the forest. Within 20 miles, you'll discover the oldest surviving post-Roman fortifications of Chepstow Castle, Raglan Castle, 12th Century Tintern Abbey and the three 'Three Choirs' Cathedral Cities of Gloucester, Worcester and Hereford; the latter famed for the incredible Mappa Mundi and the fascinating The Chained Library treasure.