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Address: Speech House Road | Cannop Hill, Coleford GL16 7EG, England
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Had a fantastic, exciting time

A hidden gem, well worth the trip. I was lucky enough to have a knowledgable and friendly tour guide, and it was a quiet day so he gave me a tour of my own! I saw some incredible... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A hidden gem, well worth the trip. I was lucky enough to have a knowledgable and friendly tour guide, and it was a quiet day so he gave me a tour of my own! I saw some incredible stuff down there up close, don't want to spoil the experience for you but the least I can say is that I... More 

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Thank Cesia L
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

This is an unusual and great place to take kids on a rainy day. This is a working mine and decked out in helmets ans lamps visitors are taken to see the coal face and get an idea of how men and children worked underground a hundred years ago.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

As I grew up near the Forest of Dean, I found it fascinating to see inside the mine and to learn about free mining from a genuine free miner. Our guide was friendly and was happy to answer our questions. It was also nice to find some peace and quite away from the crowds on an August weekend. I do... More 

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Thank PebbleL
Littledean, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Staff were informative and friendly. The tour was fascinating, and it showed us a lot more of a working mine than we thought we would see. The surrounding area and countryside is beautiful and my son really enjoyed it. Tour guide tailored the experience to the age of the children, although it was still good for adults.

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

A really interesting tour, led in by Rich, a real forest miner himself. We could smell and taste the freeminers life. All the staff were very friendly and keen to answer any questions, definitely recommend for a taste of Forest life.

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Thank Bernard A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

A real eye opener to the hard life of a miner and their families. This rustic gem allows you too appreciate how challenging the conditions are in the dark underground and working in cramped areas. All of our many questions were answered by our real life miner Rich come tour guide. Turn up with plenty of time as may have... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Amazing experience, thoroughly recommend it. The tour guide was a miner and you found out first hand who freeminers are, how they work their mines and obtain a real insight into their life. The Guide was really interesting to listen to, interacted well with the children and made the tour really enjoyable, absolutely brilliant.

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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

We went on a wet day which was perfect. Very reasonable entrance fee. The tour guide is a miner and is so knowledgeable. The mine is fascinating and the history too. It would be a tricky visit for the less mobile as there is quite an incline. We would recommend this to anyone who is in the area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

I visited Hopewell Colliery with my girlfriend in August 2016 whilst on a camping trip in the Forest Of Dean. The museum and mine are set deep in the forest and really give you a sense of the old mining days. The museum itself is small but has plenty inside to keep you interested while you wait for your tour... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

Fascinating to see a working colliery which had a mine which was worked by hand and to understand the life of a Free Miner. Guide was very knowledgable and provided a personal tour of the mine. A very worthwhile place to visit.

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