Admission & Opening

The Gift Aid admission price below includes a voluntary donation, which enables us to claim the tax back as part of the Government's Gift Aid scheme. If you choose not to pay the Gift Aid price, the prices below exclude the voluntary donation.

We are a registered charity, and your extra donation helps us to provide educational activities, exhibitions, outreach, and to continue the preservation and communication of the Forest of Dean’s unique heritage. We are reliant on the support of volunteers and donors for our survival.

Please note that due to additional charges we incur, Debit and Credit card payments must be £10 or over.

If you have made an appointment and only wish to visit the library then there is a reduced charge of £5. This is by appointment only.

Admission Prices

Gift Aid Admission Prices   Non-Gift Aid Admission Prices
Adult: £8.00
Concession: £7.00
(60+, full-time students unemployed, disabled)
Children: (3-16 years) £6.00
Under 3: FREE
Two adults, two children (3-16): £25.00
Two adults, 3 children (3-16): £30.00
(additional children normal entry price)

Adult: £7.20
Concession: £6.30
(60+, full-time students unemployed, disabled)
Children: (3-16 years)£5.40
Under 3: FREE
Two adults, two children (3-16): £23.00
Two adults, 3 children (3-16): £28.00
(additional children normal entry price)


The Dean Heritage Centre is open throughout the year with reduced hours in winter, detailed below.

Car parking is available with additional disabled spaces.

Parking is not subject to a charge, whether visitors plan to pay admission to the Museum, if they wish to visit the Museum shop or if visitors wish to use the car park as a base for walking in the surrounding Woodlands. It's a great location for walks of the area.

We advise the use of waterproofs and sturdy footwear in bad weather.
(When a weather warning is issued for the area, please contact the centre to ensure we are open before setting out on your journey)

ACCESS(A link to our Access Statement can be found at the bottom of the home page.)
Disabled visitors will be admitted at a concessionary rate with one carer admitted free of charge to offer asisstance on site.
There is wheelchair access to Galleries 1, 2, 3 and 5. Gallery 41 has limited access. Please telephone in advance if you have any special requirements to help facilitate your visit.

Only guide and assistance dogs are allowed within the grounds and galleries of the DHC.

Summer (Saturday 8th April 2017- Sunday 29th October 2017)   Winter (Monday 30th October 2017-1st January 2018 / 10th February 2018 - Thursday 29th March 2018)

Open daily 10am – 5pm

Last admission - 4pm


Open daily 10am - 4pm

Last admission - 3pm

Mid Winter Opening Hours  
Open Saturday and Sundays 10am-4pm; last admission 3pm
from Tuesday 2nd January 2018- Friday 9th February 2018 CLOSED MONDAY-FRIDAY
Bank Holidays  
Open Bank Holidays except 25th – 26th December.
Open New Year’s Day 11am-4pm.