Welcome to the Dean Heritage Centre, one of Gloucestershire’s leading family attractions. Set amongst five acres of stunning scenery, the centre protects and preserves the unique history and heritage of the Forest of Dean. There are a wide range of things to explore and discover with five inter-active galleries exploring the history of the Forest, including a Victorian schoolroom, Forester's cottage, Charcoal Burners Camp, Waterwheel, Beam Engine and much more! The Centre hosts special events, exhibitions and educational workshops throughout the year. Our current woodland trail, based on the much loved children's book The Gruffalo, is set amongst our woodland site.
There is level access from the main entrance to:Entrance, shop, Gallery 1 & 2 & Victorian SchoolroomReceptionDisabled access toiletDHC Gift ShopGallery 3 & 5, Gage Library & Coffee ShopCottage and GardensWoodland Playground
There is level access from the car park to:Picnic area by Millpond
Access with steps
There are steps from the main entrance to:Replica Mine opening and Charcoal Burner's camp
Travel by public transport
Travel by taxi
Disabled parking is right outside main entrance and main car park is just a few meters away.
Path to main entrance
Getting around inside
Ticket/ information desk
Things to See and Do
Entrance, shop, Gallery 1 & 2 & Victorian Schoolroom
Disabled access toilet
DHC Gift Shop
Place to eat and drink
Heritage Coffee Shop
Gallery 3 & 5, Gage Library & Coffee Shop
The 1st floor is accessed via a ramp at the rear of the building
Getting around outside
Access to the cottage is across a gravel walkway. There are ridges to negotiate in doorways through building.
Replica Mine opening and Charcoal Burner's camp
The route to the replica mine opening and Charcoal Burner's Camp are via steps or there is an alternative route off the main path up a slope. These paths are more challenging than the main path.
Designated Walking Trail
The Gruffalo trail is along a woodland track which is uneven in places but accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs
Picnic area by Millpond
Food purchased from the coffee shop can also be eaten here
Double doors provide access to outside by millpond
Customer care support
Heritage Ability Guide
Emergency evacuation procedures
Emergency lighting throughout Centre
Customer care support