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The car park at Beechenhurst is now open, but some facilities remain closed. Click on Facilities & access for details.
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

Read our visitor information regarding coronavirus

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 30 (stops a short walk away).  

From Lydney - number 23 bus, change at Coleford to number 30 bus 

Cinderford - number 30 bus.  

OS Grid Ref
SO614120

51.806067402752, -2.5609087944031

Parking and prices

Did you know you can now use your phone to pay for car parking with PaySmarti?

  • Pay by phone - Call 01604 210 933 and follow instructions to pay
  • Pay online - Visit paysmarti.co.uk to register and pay
  • Already registered? Text 07537 404780
  • Location Codes - 3017 (car), 3028 (minibus), 3032 (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 - 30 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

Facilities and access

Visiting Beechenhurst updated 4 August 2020 

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Most of our facilities are open but running a little differently:

Car parkOpen
Walking TrailsOpen
ToiletsOpen with social distancing measures
Play areaOpen
CaféOpen - takeaway only
Go ApeOpen with social distancing measures
Climbing TowerClosed
BBQ HireClosed

When you  visit the nation’s forests, remember it is your responsibility to follow the new guidance on  staying safe outside your home. We are cleaning our car parking machines throughout the day but for your own safety please bring hand sanitiser with you to use after touching the machines.  

If you are uncomfortable with the idea of touching the car park payment machines, you may want to consider becoming a member. As well as supporting the forest you will receive a 12 month car park pass. Find out more.

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.

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
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. Come and enjoy the sculpture trail, fun play area, cafe, climbing tower and Tree Top Adventure.  

 

At a glance

  • 4 walking trails
  • Go Ape Tree Top Adventure
  • Climbing tower - currently closed
  • Play area
  • Café - takeaway only
  • Barbecue areas
  • Easy access to family cycle trail 
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