Welcome to the Dean Heritage Centre

The Dean Heritage Centre, Coffee Shop & Gruffalo Trail are closed until lockdown is lifted in England.

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Covid-19 information

We want to make everyone’s visit safe and enjoyable.  Please help us and other visitors by maintaining social distancing, following signage, and observing directions from Museum staff. 

As per government regulations we ask that you wear a face covering when entering the Museum and Coffee Shop. Face coverings are not required outside or if you are exempt. A contact for each group visiting will be taken at reception for the track and trace system or you can check in with the NHS track & trace app on your smartphone. We are encouraging cashless only payments please and appreciate your support in this.

DHC has taken extra measures to protect visitors from coronavirus, these include screens at reception & coffee shop till, sanitisers throughout the site, one way systems,  removing Gallery interactive elements and enhanced site cleaning. 

As of 14th September 2020 the 'rule of 6' applies to all so larger groups will not be admitted until further notice.

To help you make the most of your visit, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions:

Your help is needed. 

During the current pandemic the Dean Heritage Centre had to close and as a visitor attraction and Cafe we will be affected for a long time to come.

If we had to close, the collection would be dispersed around other museums and we would never be able to recover those items.

We have no council funding for our research and collection costs but we are a community facility - holding onto and displaying our stories and artifacts from the past. Even if you cannot visit you can help ensure we continue to do this into the future.

Please help by donating today. Even a Small amount helps.

A regular amount from £2 per month will entitle you to a season ticket. Just click here

We also have some projects we are raising money for that you might want to support. 

Go to our 'Support us' page to find out about all the ways you could help to ensure The Dean Heritage Museum Trust is able to continue to protect, preserve and share the unique history and heritage of the Forest of Dean for future generations of Foresters and visitors to this beautiful area.

Support us by playing the Forest Lottery!



Come rain or shine you won't be stuck for things to do!                        



Every day in the Forest is unique and special...

Welcome to the Dean Heritage Centre, one of Gloucestershire’s leading family attractions. Set in amongst five acres of stunning scenery, the centre is fully interactive and protects and preserves the unique history and heritage of the Forest of Dean.

There are a wide range of things to explore and discover with five on-site inter-active galleries exploring the history of the Forest, including a Victorian cottage, a Charcoal Burners Camp, a Waterwheel, a Beam Engine and much more! The centre also hosts special events, exhibitions and educational workshops throughout the year. Find out What’s On here.

Don't miss our woodland trail which is based on the much loved children's book, The Gruffalo. Set in amongst our five acre site, wander with the famous mouse as he makes his journey through the woodland surrounding the centre.

Rainy Day Guarantee: Our Centre has both indoor and outdoor exhibits - but if you cannot enjoy the outdoor exhibits and Gruffalo Trail due to heavy rain and flooding, we'll give you a voucher to come back free of charge, within the following month, when the weather is better.

Dogs Only Assistance Dogs are allowed into the Centre. *If you cross the road from our car park entrance, a walk around Soudley Ponds is one of the most beautiful in the area. You and your dog are welcome in the gift shop, Coffee Shop and terrace. * The restriction on dogs in the museum and grounds is imposed by our insurer due to the nature of our museum collection and the children’s trail in the grounds.

The Dean Heritage Coffee Shop - is OPEN Thursday to Sunday for beverages, homemade soup of the day, cakes and snacks.