The small market town of Coleford is the administrative centre for the Forest of Dean, home to local government and the Forestry Commission. 

Coleford’s different to other forest towns; its centre is filled with mainly Georgian architecture and is a designated Conservation Area due to the numerous buildings of historic interest.

The town has traditional butchers and bakers, Coleford’s Award Winning bookshop, old style sweet shops plus several delicatessens selling a range of local produce.

Coleford boasts its very own cinema, two excellent golf courses, the Great Western Railway Museum, plus a good range of restaurants, cafes and hotels.

Once known for its mining industry, Coleford is now a popular destination for walking, cycling, fishing and watersports.

Just outside the town are some of the Forest of Dean's best know family attractions, including Perrygrove Railway, Puzzlewood and Clearwell Caves. 

Coleford is close to picturesque villages, such as Clearwell, Newland and St Briavels, with the famous Symonds Yat Rock is just 3 miles away.