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Useful Tourist and Visitor Information for The Royal Forest of Dean, Wye Valley, Vale of Leadon and the Severn Vale

Royal Forest of Dean Travel and Tourist Information Centre for travelling to and around the Royal Forest of Dean region by air, sea, rail, car, and gives highly useful contact information and local markets together with a list of visitor and tourist information centres. From here you can contact the motoring organisations, and official bodies to give you details of other areas of the United Kingdom and Britain.


Travelling to the Royal Forest of Dean By Car

The Royal Forest of Dean is approximately

120 miles west of London (via the M4).

65 miles from Birmingham (via the M5).

35 miles from Bristol to the centre of the forest.

Travelling to Herefordshire by Car

Herefordshire is located on the English borderlands with Wales in the West Midlands.

Herefordshire, deep in rural countryside,is more accessible than you might first imagine. Just 3 hours drive from London and only 1 ½ hours from Birmingham airport; easy access via the motorways M4 or M5/M50.

Distances to Hereford

From Birmingham 58 miles

From London 135 miles

From Manchester 138 miles

From Cardiff 56 miles

By Rail

There are railway stations located at Hereford City, Leominster, Colwall and Ledbury. There is a rail station at Birmingham International Airport and trains run regularly into Birmingham New Street Station.

- From Birmingham New Street, direct trains run via Colwall and Ledbury to Hereford daily. Journey time is about 1 hour and 45 minutes.

National Rail Enquiries: Tel +44 (0) 08457 484950

By Coach - National Express Coaches operates a service throughout the UK . Visitors may travel direct from London and Birmingham to Hereford, Ledbury or Ross-on-Wye.

Tel: +44 (0) 08705 808080

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Herefordshire Buses

National Express Coaches

Great Western Trains

Central Trains

Sargeants Coaches

Travelling to Monmouthshire

Monmouthshire is easily accessible by car from the West Midlands, West Country, South Wales and London. Birmingham and West Midlands ­ M5, M50, A40. London, South East and Home Countries ­ M4, M48, A449, A466. Bristol and South West - M5, M48, A449, A466. South Wales ­ M4, M48, A449, A40.

Bus & Coach:
Regular luxury express coach services to Newport, full details from National Express and Red and White Services.

Intercity 125 high speed Train Service from Paddington to Newport and then local bus services.

Cardiff, Birmingham and Bristol airports offer both comfort and convenience for passengers to and from the UK.

Access by Air

The nearest major international airport is Birmingham (BHX) with daily scheduled flights from America and many European hubs. A larger choice of flights and destinations is available into Heathrow Airport (LHR), 25 miles west of London on the M4 motorway from which there is easy access to the M25 motorway.

Directions to the Forest of Dean are prominently signposted on the M5 (Gloucester exit), and the M4/M48 (Chepstow exit)

Car hire is available from most major car hire companies at airports.

If you plan to make several rail journeys, the BritRail pass is a value-for-money ticket which gives unrestricted travel on the British Rail network. The pass cannot be bought in Britain (see the link below for further information).

For planning your UK travel including times of trains and coaches - See Traveline.

For your travel around London using tube trains, buses, cabs and river taxis - See Transport for London.

The Royal Forest of Dean and surrounding regions are easy to reach from Europe with ferry services via Hull, Felixstowe, Harwich, Holyhead and Pembroke. The Eurostar train from Amsterdam, Brussels or Paris links London's Waterloo International Station in just over 3 hours. Le Shuttle, vehicle carrying trains operate between Calais and Folkestone, a journey of about 35 minutes.

For cross channel ferries.

Banks and Money

Most banks are open from 09.30 to 16.30 Monday to Friday. Credit cards are widely accepted but may not be at the smaller shops and B&Bs.

Visitors who will be returning to a country outside the European Union can take advantage of the Retail Export Scheme (often called Tax-free Shopping), whereby you can reclaim VAT (Value Added Tax) on goods purchased for export.

Abergavenny Tourist Information Centre
Swan Meadow, Monmouth Road, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire. NP7 5HL
Tel: 01873 857588
Fax: 01873 850217
Bromyard Tourist Information Centre
The Bromyard Centre,Cruxwell Street, Bromyard,Herefordshire.HR7 4EB.
Tel:- 01432 260280
Fax:- 01432 260282
Chepstow Tourist Information Centre
Castle Car Park, Bridge Street, Chepstow, Monmouthshire. NP16 5EY
Tel: 01291 623772
Fax: 01291 628004
Cinderford Tourist Information Point
Rheola House, Bellevue Centre, 4 Belle Vue Road, Cinderford, Gloucestershire
Tel: 01594 823184 
Tourist information point within one of the District Council's branch offices.
Coleford Tourist Information Centre
High Street, Coleford, Gloucestershire GL16 8HG
Tel: 01594 812388  .
Gloucester Information Centre
Gloucester 28 Southgate Street Gloucester Gloucestershire GL1 1PD
Tel. 01452 396572
Hay-on-Wye Tourist Information Centre
Oxford Road,Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR3 5DG.
Tel:- 01497 820144
Fax:- 01497 820015
Hereford Tourist Information Centre
1 King Street, Hereford,Herefordshire,HR4 9BW
Tel:- 01432 268 430
In the centre of Hereford, on the corner of Broad Street and King Street, opposite the Cathedral
Kington Tourist Information Centre
2 Mill Street, Kington, Herefordshire, HR5 3BQ.
Tel: 01544 230778
Leominster Tourist Information Centre
1 Corn Square, Leominster HR6 8LR
Tel: (01568) 616460
Fax: (01568) 615546
Queenswood Country Park, Dinmore Hill, Nr. Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 8LR
Tel: (01568) 797842
Ledbury Tourist Information Centre
3 The Homend, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 1BN.
Tel:- 01531 636147
Fax:- 01531 634313
Lydney Tourist Information Point
Unit 1, Newerne Street, Lydney, Gloucestershire
Tel: 01594 844894 
Monmouth Tourist Information Centre
Shire Hall Agincourt Square, Monmouth, Monmouthshire. NP25 3DY
Tel: 01600 713899
Fax: 01600 772794
Newent Tourist Information Centre
7 Church Street, Newent, Gloucestershire
Tel: 01531 822468 
Ross-on-Wye Tourist Information Centre
Swan House, Edde Cross Street Ross-on-Wye HR9 7BZ
Tel: (01989) 562768
Fax: (01989) 565057
Stroud Tourist Information Centre
Stroud Subscription Rooms George Street Stroud Gloucestershire GL5 1AE
Tel. 01453 760960
Tewkesbury Information Centre
Tewkesbury Museum 64 Barton Street Tewkesbury Gloucestershire GL20 5PX
Tel. 01684 295027
Tintern Information Centre
Tintern Old Station, Nr Chepstow, Monmouthshire NP16 7NX
Tel. 01291 689566
Other Tourist Information Points
Cheltenham Tourist Information Centre
Cheltenham Spa Municipal Offices 77 The Promenade Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL50 1PP
Tel. 01242 522878
Cotswold Canal Trust
Cotswold Canal Trust 44 Black Jack Street Cirencester Gloucestershire GL7 2AA
Tel. 01285 643440
Countryside Matters
Countryside Matters 15 Orchard Road Alderton Tewkesbury Gloucestershire : GL20 8NS
Environment Agency
Business Services Department Hafren House Welshpool Road Shelton Shrewsbury SY3 8BB
: Tel. 01743 283455
Forestry Commission
Forestry Commission Bank House Bank Street Coleford Gloucestershire GL16 8BA
Tel. 01594 833057
Gloucester Docks Information Centre
Gloucester Docks National Waterways Museum, Llanthony Warehouse, Gloucester Docks, Gloucestershire : Tel. 01452 318206
Gloucestershire Wildlife Information Centre
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust Dulverton Building Robinswood Hill Country Park Gloucester GL4 6SX
: Tel. 01452 383333


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