Welcome to the Dean Heritage Centre!



Despite the road closure, we are open as normal!

Located in the Forest of Dean village of Soudley, the Dean Heritage Centre offers a perfectly fun day for the entire family. 

With five acres to explore, the centre has something for everyone to discover including history, culture, art, and a variety of interesting and unique attractions set against a spectacular backdrop. 

We have five museum galleries, various outside displays, and exciting arts and crafts demonstrations, a visit to the Dean Heritage Centre can last for a few hours. Why not spend the day and bring along a picnic to enjoy or have a bite to eat in The Heritage Coffee Shop? 

The Gruffalo Trail is included with our standard tickets, but we also have Gruffalo Trail only tickets available. The Gruffalo Trail Only Ticket is £3.50 and is available all day during term time, and one hour before closing during school holidays and on event days.  

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The centre is also a visitor information point for visitors to the Forest of Dean and our friendly staff are always available to advise on nearby walking and cycling routes, other attractions, and local amenities. 

The museum now houses over 20,000 precious objects and documents relating to the heritage of the Forest of Dean including a working Beam Engine, Sopwith's unique geological model of the Forest, and an extensive collection of 18th Century clocks. 

As an accredited museum, we aim to preserve the Forest's heritage with stories and artefacts, create an exciting, interactive Centre, and look after precious items for future generations to secure a lasting legacy and safeguard our collection for future benefit.  We continue to collect objects that will further enrich the collection and preserve The Forest's heritage.  If you are interested in donating an object, please contact us