Days out
by bus
in the Forest

Days out by bus
in the Forest of Dean


Discover the Forest of Dean by bus

The Forest of Dean and its surrounding towns and villages are full of wonderful things to see and do. With great attractions such as Clearwell Caves, Puzzlewood and the Dean Heritage Centre. 

Plus,  getting the bus is just £15 for a family of 4 when you travel with our Family & Friendly Explorer ticket. You can take as many trips as you like - hopping on and off as you please and saving money on the go. 

Get inspired with our top picks in the Forest of Dean, all easily accessible by bus.

Download our Forest of Dean days out guide

Our top Forest of Dean destinations:


Dean Forest Railway 

Dean Forest Railway

Ride the friendly forest line where steam trains run for 4.5 miles through beautiful countryside, giving you a taste of life on a traditional rural branch line. 

Join at Norchard Station, where the bus stops right outside the gate, to join this heritage experience. 

Stagecoach service 23 stops just outside.

Book your tickets now 

Clearwell Caves 

Clearwell Caves

Discover the wonder of under! Hidden beneath the forest trees is a magical world of caverns and the fascinating story of the Forest's ancient mining history. 

See the colourful caverns, ancient mine system and living history of Forest Freeminers. They also offer incredible cakes in the tea room!

Stagecoach service 23 stops nearby, a short walk away. 

Plan your trip to Clearwell Caves





Explore this enchanting and atmospheric ancient woodland that conjures up thoughts of magic, dragons and unicorns (of the reasons why it's such a popular film location!)

As well as exploring the woods, there are mazes to get lost in, an outdoor playground and farm animals to see. 

Stagecoach service 23 stops nearby. Plan your journey online.

Find out more about Puzzlewood

Dean Heritage Centre 

Dean Heritage Centre

Set in five acres of stunning countryside, by a lovely Mill Pond, the Dean Heritage Centre is one of the area's top attractions, preserving the unique history of the Forest. 

Lots to discover with interactive exhibits, a Victorian cottage, waterwheel and beam engine. Plus a woodland trail based on The Grufallo! 

Stagecoach service 24 stops just outside. Plan your journey online.

Find out more about the Dean Heritage Centre


Best value tickets

All of the below tickets offer unlimited travel on our whole network for one day - so you can jump on and off the bus as you please.

Buy your ticket on the Stagecoach Bus App to save or buy  from the driver using cash or contactless card. 


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Ticket Description Price
Family & Friends Explorer Unlimited travel for 4 people £14.60 on App or £15 on bus
Adult Explorer Aged 15 and over £7.30 on App 
Child / Concessions Explorer Under 15 or over 60 £5.70 on App
Buy your ticket on the Stagecoach App 

Discover even more days out by busDownload our FREE Forest of Dean days out guide!
Whether you want to wonder around the market towns or explore the magic of the forest, there's a destination for everyone in the Forest of Dean.

We've pulled together our favourite destinations into one handy guide.

What's more, we've listed which of our bus services will get you there.


Download days out by bus guide



New in town? Here are some tips for planning your journey by bus 


If you're unfamiliar with the area than the Stagecoach Bus App is the perfect partner for your journey.

Download the app for free to plan your journey, find your nearest bus stop, track your bus on the live map and get mobile bus tickets.


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Plan your journey on the Stagecoach Bus  App. Enter your 'from' and 'to' locations to get started - with times, ticketing options and walking directions, the App will make planning your journey easy.


live times

Check live times on our interactive map on the Stagecoach Bus App. You'll know exactly when your bus will arrive. 



Bus stopBuy tickets on the Stagecoach Bus App - your tickets will appear instantly on your phone ready to use. Activate your ticket when you're ready to board and show it to the driver.



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