Coleford Clock Tower

Things to do in Coleford, Forest of Dean

Coleford is a small market town in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, It is located two miles east of the Wales border and near to the Wye Valley. It is easy to get to by road, alternatively, there is a reliable bus service to the town.

The town centre is blessed with a great choice of food shops, these are great for locals or for tourists to stock up when on a holiday. The area is a haven for walkers and there are many routes to hike throughout the area, including walking to Redbrook on the River Wye.

Things To Do in Coleford

Clock Tower

Coleford Clock Tower
Coleford Clock Tower

The town centre is based around a clocktower in Market Square, the clocktower used to be part of a church that was demolished in the 19th century. The church was demolished due to a growth in the congregation, leading to the building of a new church that overlooks the town called St John the Evangelist’s. The clock tower has a nice open space surrounding it, ideal for sitting with refreshments. The square houses a stage at the annual music festival.

Men of Iron and Steel

Men of Iron and Steel

There is a very nice mural in the town centre called Men of Iron and Steel. The mural in Mushet Walk was completed in 2014 by artist Tom Cousins. Depicted in the artwork are David Mushet (1772-1847) and his son Robert Forester Mushet (1811-1891) who were pioneers in all things iron and steel. In 1856 Robert Mushet perfected the Bessemer process of steel manufacture and later in 1868, he discovered self-hardening steel.

Local Attractions

There are many tourist attractions in the local area for people to visit.


Puzzlewood is an ancient woodland site, near Coleford, Puzzlewood covers 14 acres in total. The site shows evidence of open cast iron ore mining dating from the Roman period, and possibly earlier 

Over a mile of pathways were laid down in the early 19th century to provide access to the woods and provide picturesque walks. The area contains strange rock formations, secret caves and ancient trees, with a confusing maze of paths. It is said to be one of J. R. R. Tolkien’s inspirations for Middle-earth in The Lord of the Rings. For Dr Who fans Puzzlewood was used as a filming location twice back in 2010, the BBC has also filmed Merlin here too.

Where to stay in Coleford?

There are many options in the town and local villages for holiday home rentals, a popular choice. For adventurers there are some great campsites near to Coleford, the closest being Greenacres Campsite.

Pubs & Restaurants

There are many options for eating out or going for a beer in Coleford, there are also a few takeaway places including a fish & chip shop, Chinese takeaway as well as a pizza delivery company. Some of the pubs and restaurants are pet-friendly, ideal for tourists with a dog in tow.

The Doghouse

A pub in the centre of Coleford that serves a great and diverse selection of local ciders and other drinks. They describe themselves as a Micro Pub that sells Real Ales, local ciders & great wine.

The Angel Hotel

The is the first establishment you will see if arriving in Coleford by bus, is The Angel Hotel. The angel is a welcoming pub that serves an array of drinks at reasonable prices, added to that the staff and locals are a friendly bunch. For food, they have a bar menu or a full restaurant menu for diners wanting more than pub grub.

Whats On?

The Faddle Fair

The Faddle Fair - Artisan & Craft Market in Coleford

Coleford is fast becoming the place to be! The Faddle Fair Artisan & Craft Market includes from fashion to flowers, cafes, bistros, restaurants, hotels & bars. The fair even includes a dog-friendly micropub.

The Faddle Fair has over 25 stalls selling everything from local handmade goods, art, crafts, local produce & more. There is also choices of delicious street food, children’s entertainment and live music. The Fair takes place every few months in the town.

The Fair calls Coleford home, a nice and small market town with a clocktower as its centrepiece. The town has many independent retailers of food selling great local produce to complement the event. It is a great day out for locals or for people visiting the area for the day or a holiday