Stories from the Heritage Centre

We love a good tale!

The Dean Heritage Centre is full of stories and mysteries (and artifacts) taken from the historic Forest of Dean. Over time we are pulling out some fascinating tales to share, so do revisit our page or sign up for our newsletter


The Dean Heritage Centre has an ongoing events and activities programme and we send a newsletter to let people know what is going on. If you would like to find the best time to come and enjoy everything we have to offer, then please sign up.

A trip to the Dean Heritage Centre can include:

  • Visiting the museum – both inside stories and outside spaces
  • Viewing the Forester’s cottage, Charcoal burners camp and freemine in the grounds
  • Walking the trail – watch as it changes with the seasons
  • Playing in the playground, over the wobbly bridge
  • Picnic in the grounds
  • Having a go at the craft activities
  • Seeing the current exhibitions, both downstairs are and upstairs in Gallery 41
  • Researching the history of your local family or your house in the Gage library
  • Enjoying food and drink in the cafe
  • Come to events

If you buy a season ticket then you can make a day of it or drop in for an hour or two, come for a picnic or one of our special events. We have different exhibitions and events all year round. Do visit our website for more details or sign up on the day.

To receive the newsletter, please fill in the form below. The Dean Heritage Centre aims to be the best possible Centre for our community and visitors interested in the Heritage of the Forest of Dean. You can unsubscribe at any time




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About the Dean Heritage Centre

Based in Soudley in the Forest of Dean, the Dean Heritage Centre is one of Gloucestershire’s leading attractions. Set across a stunning and interactive five acre site, the centre protects and preserves the unique history and heritage of the beautiful Forest of Dean while presenting the story of this fascinating area in a way that will engage visitors of all ages.

From the indoor museum, the outside exhibits, trail, playground, exhibitions, the centre appeals to historians and families alike.

With a wide range of things to do and see, including five onsite galleries exploring the history of the Forest from the Ice Age to the present day; a reconstructed Forester’s cottage; a charcoal burner’s camp; a woodland playground; chainsaw carving demonstrations; an onsite gift shop and cafe there’s always something new and exciting to interest, inspire and surprise you.

With a programme of special events, exhibitions, art shows and educational workshops across the year, it’s a great day out for all the family.

To find our more about visiting the Dean Heritage Centre, visit the main website:

or telephone 01594 822170