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Coleford

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County - Gloucestershire | Map
Tel code: 01594 | code search
Postcode: GL16 | code search
Population: 8500
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Birthplace of:
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Folk Customs:
Cooperís Hill Cheese Rolling
Cotswold Olimpick Shin-Kicking
Cranham Feast
Gloucesters Royal Lamprey Pie Gift
Marshfield Mummers
Pig Face Day
Randwick Wap
St Briavels Bread and Cheese Throwing
Tetbury Sack Race

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Speech House
"Good Points: The staff were very nice and helpfull and our evening meal in the hotel was great. Bad Points: The Double bed in the courtyard room number 29 where we ..." More

Clearwell Caves
"We took our 3 grandchildren to see the Faeries and they and us were dissapointed in what we were to see there were only four stalls and the some faerie ..." More

Speech House
"Good Points: Lovely setting in the Forest of Dean. Room had character. Bad Points: Bar food was not very inspiring at all. Heater in bathroom was on full & couldn't be ..." More

Coleford Reviews (10)

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The market town of Coleford, also called, Coverd; Cover, or Colevorde in ancient documents, grew up around a ford in in about 1286. Coleford is surrounded on three sides by low hills rising to 740 feet, towards the northwest the land falls towards the valley. It had a Chapel by the late 15th century and it emerged as the principle settlement on the west side of the Forest of Dean. The towns prosperity was enhanced by the granting of market rights in 1661 and by the growth in the Forest`s mining, iron-making and quarrying industries. Following the grant of the market much building took place within the town and by 1710 there at least 160 new houses in and around the market square. A new Market House was erected in 1679 and as the town expanded many of the streams were culverted and built over. In 1875 the railway arrived in Coleford with a goods and passenger station in the southeast part of town, this joined to a line from Monmouth in 1884 which was built on part of an old tramway route. The railway closed to passengers in 1929 and completely in 1967, some of the old railway buildings have been incorporated into a Railway Museum that opened in 1988 that charts the history of the railways in the Forest of Dean. Coleford in a mixture of old and new with many fine buildings; St.John`s church was built in 1880 to replace the older original church in the market place - the tower still remains. The Baptist Church was built in 1858 in the Romanesque style and extended in 1889 to include school rooms and some fine Georgian Terraces. It was in Coleford that Robert Mushet produced good quality fine steel. After the second world war new factories were built to replace the traditional Forest industries; the town, which continued to grow as a residential area, remains an ideal centre to explore the Forest and the Wye Valley.

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Barry J Oversby & Co
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Attraction

Clearwell Caves
Great Western Railway Museum
Hopewell Colliery Museum

Camping

Cherry Orchard Farm Camp Site
Greenacres
Woodlands View Camping & Caravan Park

Caravan Park

Bracelands Caravan Park
Christchurch Caravan Park
Firs Caravan Park
Hawthorne Cottage Caravan Site
Woodlands View Camping & Caravan Park

Cinema

The Studio Cinema

Classes

Dance - Foxy Feet Line Dancing

Cottage

Sugar's Patch

Council

Forest of Dean District Council

Dentist

The Rock Castle
Willow Tree Dental Practice

Doctor

Brunston Surgery
Coleford Health Centre

Estate Agent

Dean Properties
Gooch Steve
Halifax Property Services
Kevin J Toombs

Golf Club

Forest Hills
Forest of Dean Golf Club

Holiday Park

Bracelands Caravan Park
Christchurch Caravan Park
Greenacres

Inn

Angel Hotel
Butchers Arms
Miners Country Inn & Restaurant

Market

Coleford Country Market

Performing Arts

Heaven Academy of Performing Arts

Pub and Bar

Gamekeeper
Globe Inn
Market Tavern
Miners Country Inn & Restaurant

New Inn
Tufthorn Inn

Restaurant

Ali Shan Indian Restaurant
Beechwood (The)
Bluebell Restaurant
Butchers Arms
Butchers Arms
Gamekeeper
Lucky Chinese Restaurant
Malt and Hops
Miners Country Inn & Restaurant
New Inn
Tufthorn Inn

Solicitor

Gwyn James

Taxi

All Cabs
CD Taxis Ltd
Sovereign Taxis

Vet

Severnside Veterinary Group

Sports Clubs

Berry Hill RFC (Rugby Union)
Ellwood (Amateur Football)

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Forest of Dean Athletic Club (Athletics)

Shops

Sunflowers
Murt Cycle Racks
Coleford Garden Centre
Wyedean Wholefoods
Kevin Hope Pharmacy Ltd
David Kear
Scotts
Puchini's
Kaplans Cafe
Vicky's
Log Cabin At Symonds Yat Rock
Ray Winman Family Butchers
Day Lewis Pharmacy
Sugar & Spice
Forget-Me-Not
Pygmy Pinetum Nurseries
Rococo Giftware Ltd
Crumbs
Forest Bookshop

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Knights Gardening & Pet Sundries
Paws For Thought
Rebecca Fox Photography
Raymonds Carpets & Vinyls
Fairways Furnishing

Activities

Forest Adventure Activity Centre(Adventure)
Way2go Adventures(Adventure)
Wyedean Canoe & Adventure Centre(Adventure)
Bowmen of the Deans(Archery)
Forest of Dean Tourism(Cycling)
Whitecliff Off Road Centre(Motor Sports)
Forest of Dean Tourism(Walking)
Canoe Centre(Water Sports)

Places to Stay near Coleford

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Bells Hotel and Forest of Dean Golf Club (0.32 miles)

Bells Hotel and Forest of Dean Golf Club

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Situated in the beautiful unspoilt Royal Forest of Dean, this modern hotel boasts its own golf course and superb facilities for conferences, leisure activities or quiet relaxation. Situated in the market town ... More

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Angel Hotel (0.54 miles)

Angel Hotel

Set in the Forest of Dean between the River Wye and River Severn, this hotel has seen many changes over the centuries. Situated in the town centre of Coleford, The Angel Hotel is located within one ... More | visit website

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Tudor Farmhouse Hotel (1.82 miles)

Tudor Farmhouse Hotel

Tudor Farmhouse is an idyllic haven away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A cosy, friendly 13th-century stone-built hotel in the centre of the historic village of Clearwell on the peaceful fringe of the Forest ... More | visit website

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Wyndham Arms Hotel (1.82 miles)

Wyndham Arms Hotel
The Wyndham Arms Hotel is in Clearwell, a quintessential old English village by the Royal Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. The building itself dates back to the 13th century and boasts old oak beams, fireplaces ... More | visit website
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Miners Country Inn & Restaurant (1.83 miles)

Miners Country Inn & Restaurant
The Miners Country Inn is a family run 'Free House' in the small village of Sling, in the glorious Forest of Dean. We have a friendly and welcoming atmosphere whether you just stop for a ... More | visit website
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Rookery Barn (2.13 miles)

Rookery Barn

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In an outstanding position on the edge of the Wye Valley, this recently converted barn commands panoramic views across the valley to the Black Mountains of Wales ... More

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Symonds Yat Rock Lodge (2.33 miles)

Symonds Yat Rock Lodge
Stylish bed and breakfast at Symonds Yat Rock on the Wye Valley. You walk directly from your front door into the Forest of Dean. In easy walking distance is Britain's favourite view - at Symonds Yat ... More | visit website
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Speech House (2.38 miles)

Speech House

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This 17th century former hunting lodge rests in the heart of the Royal Forest of Dean. Comfortably appointed bedrooms, several with four-poster beds have been tastefully refurbished and offer modern facilities ... More

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Edale House (2.47 miles)

Edale House

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Built in 1850, this elegant Georgian house, overlooking the cricket green in the charming village of Parkend, invites you to relax and unwind at the heart of the Royal Forest of ... More

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Forest View Guest House (3.57 miles)

Forest View Guest House
Luxury bed and breakfast accommodation located on the banks of the River Wye. The bed and breakfast has a total of thirteen bedrooms; eleven with en-suite bath/shower rooms. There are also two luxury suites ... More | visit website

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