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Four great ideas for a day out in the Forest of Dean

Posted on 08th February 2013

The Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley are famed for being popular places for a holiday in the UK, with thousands heading to its picturesque countryside every year. Great natural beauty is not the only feature that entices people into enjoying Forest of Dean cottage holidays though; a fascinating historical past, excellent restaurants and a wide variety of attractions all add up to make a stay in the Forest of Dean something truly wonderful.

Tintern Abbey

For a special day out during your holiday in the Forest of Dean, why not pay a visit to some of these delightful attractions?

1. The International Centre for Birds of Prey – Located in Newent, Gloucestershire, the ICBP is the oldest centre dedicated to birds of prey in the world. They have a collection of over 60 species of hawks, eagles and owls and the experienced staff are the very best people to show off these magnificent creatures to visitors.

2. Perrygrove Railway & Treetop Adventure – This attraction sees a quaint little steam train run along a track on the edge of the Forest of Dean, with plenty of room for passengers on board. The Treetop Adventure area and indoor village are perfect for little ones and can be reached by getting off at different stations, just like a real train.

3. Littledean Jail Museum – This is often considered to be the ‘marmite’ attraction of the Forest of Dean. Whilst some are fascinated by the collections of capital punishment devices and personal belongings of real criminals, others find it to be a little disturbing. In any case, the museum offers insight into an important part of British history and also houses a frequently recommended Quadrophenia collection.

4. Tintern Abbey – Famed as the inspiration for one of William Wordsworth’s greatest poems, the ruins of Tintern Abbey are visited by many who stay in holiday cottages in the Forest of Dean. Although only a shell of the ruins remains, the beautiful structures that stand surrounded by nature cannot fail to impress the poet in you.

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