Welcome to the Dean Heritage Centre!


Located in the Forest of Dean village of Soudley, the Dean Heritage Centre offers a perfectly fun day for the entire family.  We are a registered charity and rely on visitors for our income, so please come and support us!

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 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. 


Save with Season Tickets!

Season Tickets entitle you to unlimited free entry for a year!

Did you know season ticket holders also get 10% off in our Gift Shop AND Heritage Coffee Shop!?

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What can we help you with? 

If you can’t find what you need to know, please get in touch info@deanheritagecentre.com 


Forester's Cottage Update: The Cottage was built when the museum first opened 30 years ago. Unfortunately we recently discovered it was constructed on unstable land, and with shallow foundations. This has caused the right-hand side of the cottage to start sinking, this has caused large cracks in several places. A Structural Engineer has given his verdict and has said that the cottage must be closed to the public as it is becoming unsafe. We are working towards re-opening the cottage, hopefully in the near future.