The administrative centre of the Forest of Dean, Coleford is only a short distance from the Welsh border.
Nearby are the ancient Clearwell Caves and the Hopewell Colliery Museum.
An historic settlement, Coleford was a significant coal mining centre where the metallurgist Robert Forester Mushet perfected the Bessemer process of steel making.
He is buried at Staunton churchyard.
Street House is the venue for the ancient Verderer’s Court whose members help to run the forest.
Steam train enthusiasts will no doubt head straight for the Perrygrove Steam Railway, which boasts four stations along its 1.5 mile route and uses the world’s first 15-inch narrow gauge locomotive, and the Great Western Railway Heritage Museum at Coleford Railway Yard.
The museum is the original Great Western Goods Station of 1883.