The nation's forests are open, but please read our coronavirus guidance before you visit - read our guidance.
Forestry operations are taking place at Beechenhurst. Please follow all safety signage. - Find out more about our work here
Our Gruffalo trail is partially closed due to forest operations.
Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Open every day except Christmas Day. The site opens at 8:00am every day and the closing times are as follows:

November to February - 5:00pm

March - 6:30pm

April - 8:00pm

May to August - 9:00pm

September - 7:30pm

October - 6:30pm

For a quieter forest experience, we recommend planning your visit for early morning (before 10.00am) or in the evening (after 4.00pm). The forest is usually less busy on week days.

How to find us

How to find us

Please note that if you put the postcode in to your satnav it will take you to the nearby Speech House Hotel - you can follow brown signs from there to find us.  

Speech House Road, Coleford
Sat Nav Postcode: GL16 7EL
By Car

Follow tourist signs for the Forest of Dean. Take the B4226 Coleford to Cinderford road. Beechenhurst is located between the B4234 crossroads (Parkend/Lydbrook) and the Speech House Hotel.  

 

Or go car-free

By Public Transport

We welcome car-free visitors and offer free admission to those arriving by public transport or bike – plan your journey at Good Journey.

From Coleford - number 25 (stops a short walk away).  

From Lydney - number 23 bus, change at Coleford to number 25 bus 

Cinderford - number 25 bus.  

OS Grid Ref
SO614120

51.806067402752, -2.5609087944031

Parking and prices

Parking charges apply at Beechenhurst.

You can now use RingGo* at Beechenhurst which allows you to pay for parking online or via an app. Please download the Ringo App before travelling if you can.

If you’re not a smartphone user, you can still use RingGo to pay for your parking by calling 0203 046 0063. You can also register and book parking with RingGo online.

*There is a small convenience charge for using this service.  See RingGo online for full terms and conditions and VAT receipts.

Location Codes - 31002 (car), 31003 (minibus or motorhome), 31004 (coach)

 

We are also able to take card payments at the lodge ticket machine located by the rangers hatch.

If you arrive car-free there is no charge, find out more.

 

Parking Charges

The money you pay for parking helps us to look after the forests. Read how
Peak charges (1 April - 31 October)
Up to 2 hours £3.00
Up to 4 hours £5.00
All day £7.00
Off peak charges (1 November - 31 March)
Up to 2 hours £2.00
Up to 4 hours £4.00
All day £5.00

Coaches/Minibuses charges

Minibuses/motorhomes - peak £10.00, off peak £8.00

Coaches/minibuses with trailers - peak £12.00, off peak £10.00

Additional Information

Regular visitors can save money by becoming a Member - Find out more about our membership offer
Card payments accepted
Coaches/Minibuses welcomed
Disabled parking available
Pay by phone available

Facilities and access

For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information.

Accessible toilet
Baby changing facilities
Cafe
Dogs allowed
Picnic area
Play Area
Ranger's Office
Toilets

Contact details

A great place for the whole family to start a Forest of Dean adventure

Beechenhurst lies in the heart of the Forest of Dean, one of Britain's oldest and largest woodlands. It is the ideal place for families to start their forest adventure, with a Gruffalo Spotters trail, Sculpture Trail, play area, Go Ape Tree Top Adventure and climbing tower. You can even bring your bikes and access the wider forest on our Family Cycle Trail. Don't forget to refuel in the café or bring your own food to enjoy in our beautiful picnic area.

At a glance

  • 4 walking trails
  • Go Ape Tree Top Adventure
  • Play area
  • Café
  • Easy access to family cycle trail 
  • Dogs welcome
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