The Gruffalo Trail

Our Gruffalo Trail is situated in the grounds of the Dean Heritage Centre and is a series of carved montages depicting the story of the Gruffalo written by Julia Donaldson. Come along and enjoy this wonderful story with your family in the beautiful Forest of Dean. We are a woodland site with gravel paths but the trail is easily negotiable for buggies.

The figures were carved by Clayton Ryder, our site Manager and internationally renowned chainsaw carver. Examples of his work can be seen around the site and he is regularly seen creating new works of art with his chainsaw in his workshop at the top of our car park. 

The trail is included in our entrance price but we also offer a "Gruffalo Trail only' ticket for £3 per person. Under 3's are free.

Dogs are not allowed on the trail as it is in the Museum grounds but they are very welcome in the Coffee Shop, on the balcony and in the shop.

There are some excellent walks in the area, you are very welcome to use our free carpark as a base for exploring. Please note that the car park gates will be locked 30 minutes after closing.

The Museum and grounds are now open Thursday to Sunday between 10am and 3pm.

There is no need to book and tickets can be purchased in the Coffee Shop.

A one way system is in operation and we ask that visitors respect current social distancing protocol.