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Dean Heritage Centre

Dean Heritage Centre
Camp Mill, Soudley, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, GL14 2UB

01594 822170

Dean Heritage Centre is located in the most wonderful setting in the Forest of Dean
Dean Heritage Centre is located in the most wonderful setting in the Forest of Dean

About Dean Heritage Centre

Discover the history of the Forest in a grade 2 listed mill building nestled in a valley in the heart of the glorious Forest of Dean. Explore our beautiful five acre site and experience for yourself the splendour of the Forest that surrounds us.

Outside on our woodland site you will find a reconstructed Forester’s cottage, replica mine opening and a Charcoal Burner’s camp. Indoors the museum reveals the history of the area formed by geological events millions of years ago, a more recent industrial past and a unique culture visitors will never forget.

For families, gallery activities, a kids craft space, indoor and outdoor trails provide plenty to occupy everyone. There are pathways to explore and a woodland playground to enjoy.
The Dean Heritage Centre shop stocks a wide range of locally made gifts so you can take a memento of the Forest of Dean home. There are prints, gifts and cards by local artists and pocket money priced items for our younger visitors as well as books for the visitor who would like to find out a little more about the Forest of Dean. We also sell charcoal produced on site during our traditional charcoal burns.

The Dean Heritage Centre Camp Mill Tearoom overlooking the mill pond caters for all dietary choices offering ‘lite bites’, delicious cakes and great tea and coffee or you can picnic at several locations around the site.

An exciting programme of events runs throughout the year; please visit or see event link above.

2021 Opening times at Dean Heritage Centre

The Museum will reopen on Thursday 20 May.

  • Thursday to Sunday 10am to 3pm.

2021 Admission at Dean Heritage Centre

The Centre is currently closed until May.
*The playground and craft hut will remain closed until further notice
When able to open things will be a little different. There are no buttons to push, dressing up and gallery activity boxes have been removed, colouring and  craft are not currently available and reduced opening times. To reflect this we entrance prices have been reduced as follows:

  • Adult - £5
  • Child - £4
  • Concession - £4
  • Gruffalo Trail only - £3
  • Under 3's - free

Gift Aid involves form filling and requires greater interaction between volunteers, staff and visitors which increases risk to all so will be suspended for the time being. This will have an impact on what we can claim from the Government so if you usually like to add gift aid a small extra donation can be made if you wish. There is a donation box on Reception, in Gallery 1 and in the car park.

As a registered charity your extra donation helps to provide educational activities, exhibitions, outreach, and to continue the preservation and communication of the Forest of Dean’s unique heritage. They are reliant on the support of volunteers and donors for our survival.

The Gruffallo Trail at Dean Heritage Centre

The woodland trail open all year round and is based on the much loved children's book, The Gruffalo. Set in amongst a five acre site, wander with the famous mouse as he makes his journey through the woodland surrounding the Dean Heritage Centre and meet the various animals along the way!

Exhibitions at the Dean Heritage Centre in 2021


Dogs at Dean Heritage Centre

Dogs are allowed in the DHC's car park, shop, Creates Coffee Shop and Terrace(on a lead) but only guide and assistance dogs are allowed into the Museum and onto the main site.

Disabled acces at Dean Heritage Centre

There is wheelchair access to the entrance area and shop, Galleries 1,2, 3 and 5, the Victorian School room, the Tea room and the footpath through the wooded area including the Gruffalo trail. There is a disabled toilet in the museum and in the Tea room. A gradually sloping wide ramp connects the ground floor to the second floor. Gallery 4 is not accessible to wheelchair users.

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