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Alternative Forest of Dean attractions

Posted on 27th June 2014

The Forest of Dean is not only one of the best Gloucester attractions but is one of the premier holiday destinations in the whole of the UK.

This should not really come as a surprise as the region has a number of affordable holiday cottages in the Forest of Dean for couples and families to stay in as well as boasting a number of attractions.

The main Forest of Dean tourist attractions that people usually visit during a breakaway include a trip to the Go Ape Tree Top Adventure Park, the Dean Forest Railway or a trip to the River Wye to go canoeing and kayaking.

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If you have been to the Forest of Dean before and have already visited the aforementioned attractions then this guide for alternative attractions in the area should prove helpful, especially if you are pre-planning your trip to the region.

Littledean Jail

Littledean Jail, which is known as the “Alcatraz of the Forest”, is an old police station/prison/court that is located right in the Forest of Dean.

Being located near Cinderford means that the attraction is close-by for people on pretty Forest of Dean cottage holidays to come and visit, which is also why the interest in Littledean Jail has always been high.

Visitors who visit Littledean Jail will be able to take a look at the Crime through Time Museum, which is the only museum of its kind in the world, and will be able to look at the biggest collection of Quadrophenia collectibles.

Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo

There are not many insects that are as beautiful as the butterfly and if you are a fan of these magical creatures then a visit to the Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo just has to be at the top of your to do list.

The zoo is perfect for a family outing as you can all wander around this mini-world getting glimpses of some beautiful butterflies. It is for this reason why the Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo is so popular with photographers looking to get some great snaps.

International Centre for Birds of Prey

If the weather is not great during your holiday or you love nature then a day visit to the International Centre for Birds of Prey near Newent is a must-do.

The centre is somewhat of a hidden gem as it is home to an array of birds of prey- 200 to be precise. The type of birds vary from Eagles, Hawks, Owls, Kites, Buzzards, Falcons and Vultures to name but a few.

The centre also has a number of beautiful gardens to explore and some woods, fields and ponds that offer great walking opportunities.

These “alternative attractions” are just three of a whole host of attractions that are located in the Forest of Dean area so you may not be able to fit in everything that you want to do in one week. Don’t worry though, you can always come back to the Forest of Dean again.

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