Lydney’s major attraction and historical site. A dynamic and fully operational example of a 19th century working harbour; formerly the maritime “Gateway to the Forest of Dean”
The Docks (January 2016) are in the process of being sold by their current custodians (the environment Agency) to an approved commercial entity the identity of which is due to be revealed shortly, it is believed. Please visit the Lydney Area Partnership pages HERE for further info. The docks history page can be seen HERE
Lydney Park Gardens
Set in a secluded wooded valley with lakes, a deer park, Roman temple site and fine views across the River Severn. This attractive visitor destination features an associated museum and New Zealand museum. Teas are served in the dining room of the original house.
Built in the early 1800s to serve as a port for the export of materials from the Forest of Dean, Lydney dock is a rare example of an unspoilt 19th century harbour built to serve sailing ships. The Scheduled Ancient Monument ceased trading in the 1970s but is now being redeveloped as Lydney’s latest tourist attraction.
Do not walk on the sand bars or the wet riverbanks as rapid tides can be very dangerous.
Situated in the original 17th century coach-house and courtyard of the Lydney Park Estate, Taurus Crafts features a pottery, stained glass studio, art studio, gift shops and picture framing.
A children’s play area, artist in residence, organic food & wine shop, wholesome food restaurant and a calender of special events make this a great day out.
Dean Forest Railway
Relive the experience of steam trains now offering a round trip of nine miles through Lydney and Parkend in the Forest of Dean. Refreshments are available on steam days. Visit the museum, souvenir shop, picnic spot and restoration projects. Popular events include ‘Days Out with Thomas’, ‘Santa Specials’, and steam footplate experience courses.
Forest of Dean Model Village
Set in a shady woodland glade a miniature world celebrating the Forest’s past, present, myth and magic. The Village has been enlarged recently and now features a model railway, a new play area, a model hot air balloon and model boats.
Mary Rose Young Pottery
World renowned Mary Rose makes fabulously coloured pieces of pottery which make people smile. Based in a studio home just outside Parkend and from there sends her creations to galleries and shops all over the world. A beautiful gallery above her workshop is open for visitors from Monday to Friday each week
The River Severn
The second highest tidal range of any river in the world features the Severn Bore which gains full momentum at Minsterworth, 15 miles north of Lydney alongside the A48 Gloucester to Newport road.
Bathurst Swimming Pool
Donated by the Bledisloe family to the people of Lydney in 1920, this excellent facility is open every day through the summer break from mid July to the beginning of September.