Clearwell is a village in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England. The village stands some two miles south west of Coleford and some three miles east of the Wye Valley and the Welsh / English border. Most of Clearwell lies within a Conservation Area and there are many fine buildings in the village, typically constructed of local red sandstone. Notable among these buildings are Clearwell Castle and the Church of St Peter.
To the east of the village are the Clearwell Caves, used to mine iron ore for many thousands of years. The Romans mined iron at Clearwell Meend. Iron production expanded in medieval times and peaked in the 16th and 17th centuries, leaving a legacy of fine stone built buildings.
The iron mines are an important part of the Forest of Dean's history and environment.
Today the Clearwell Caves are a working mining museum where visitors can see impressive caverns with geological and mining displays. Iron ore from the Caves has been used over many centuries to make tools, weapons and machinery.
As well as entering an extensive natural cave system, when you visit Clearwell Caves you are experiencing some of Britain's oldest underground mine workings, dating back well over 4500 years.
You walk through impressive caverns created by many generations of Forest people who made their living by mining iron ore and ochre.
Clearwell Castle, a 'mock' castle of Gothic architecture built in 1728, is located in Clearwell. The impressive building is constructed of local stone in Gothic style with battlements and an imposing gateway formed by two three-storey towers. Clearwell Castle is now a wedding venue.