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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

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 the beautiful five acre site and experience for yourself the splendour of the Forest that surrounds the Centre.

Outside on the 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. Charcoal which is produced on site during the Centre's traditional charcoal burns is also available.

The Heritage Coffee Shop, located upstairs at The Dean Heritage Centre, serves locally sourced & home-made breakfast, lunches, snacks and cakes. They cater for all dietary needs and requirements. Entry to the Coffee Shop is free, and so is the parking!

An exciting programme of events runs throughout the year; please visit

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!

Dean Heritage Centre - Opening times 2024

Open every day 10am to 5pm.

Dean Heritage Centre - Admission charges 2024

Gift aid* admission prices:-

  • Adult: £9.50
  • Children: £7.50 (3-16 years)
  • Concession - £8.50
  • Under 3's - Free
  • Family £29  (2 adults and up to 3 children)
  • Gruffalo Trail only - £4

More information about Gift Aid* and Dean Heritage Centre Admission Charges.

Dean Heritage Centre - Group visits

The Dean Heritage Centre is perfect for group visits.
There are two main types of visit available to groups:-

  • Self-guided visit - Allow 1-4 hours to explore the Centre
  • Guided Tour - Contact the Centre to confirm your preferred date availability.

For groups of 20 or more, the following are provided:-

  • Entry discounts
  • Complimentary preview visits for organisers to assess our facilities
  • Free coach parking and admission for coach/bus drivers
  • Driver meal vouchers valued up to £3.50 for coach parties of 20 or more

 More information about Dean Heritage Centre Group Visits.

Exhibitions at the Dean Heritage Centre

Special exhibitions are displayed throughout the year.

More information about Dean Heritage Centre Exhibitions.

Dean Heritage Centre - Dogs policy

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.

Dean Heritage Centre - Disabled access

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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