Things to do in the Area

Stay At Flanesford Priory & Explore The Great Outdoors

Our self-catered accommodation serves as an excellent base for exploring the world famous scenery of the Wye Valley and The Forest of Dean. We are located within the Wye Valley AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) which contains some of the most picturesque lowland scenery in the British Isles, including the bewitching River Wye which courses down through breathtaking limestone gorges and dense ravine woodlands containing an array of wildlife and intriguing areas of archaeological and geological importance.

There are an lots of nature trails and public footpaths which explore the local woodlands, offer magnificent views of unspoilt countryside and follow the meandering River Wye, some starting within just a few feet of the entrance to the Priory. Within the reception and the entrance hall of Flanesford Priory are a range of leaflets detailing local attractions, activities and upcoming events to help you make the most of your trip.

This page provides just a taster of the wide range of outdoor leisure activities which we are sure will make your visit to Flanesford Priory a fantastic and truly remarkable experience.


Tipi Adventure

Postcode: HR9 6HP

Tipi Adventure is Our sister company and is based alongside the banks of the River Wye,renowned for its stunning scenery & wildlife, making canoeing our most popular activity. In addition to canoeing we offer kayaking, cycling & mountain biking, gorge walking, caving, climbing & abseiling, bushcraft & survival sessions and walking.



Goodrich Castle

Distance: 0.7 Miles

Postcode: HR9 6HY

Goodrich Castle, seen in the distance from Flanesford Priory and is a Norman Medieval Castle and English Heritage Site. The Castle is home to the ‘Roaring Meg’, the only surviving Civil War mortar.

Symonds Yat Rock

Distance: 2.6 miles

Grid Reference Number : SO564160

Admire the picturesque views of the River Wye and surrounding area from this internationally famous viewpoint. Discover the ancient hill fort, spot birds of prey and enjoy a snack from the log cabin café. 


Family Fun:


Wye Valley Visitor Centre

Distance: 2.4 miles

Postcode: HR9 6DA

Various activities on offer, including The aMazing maze, butterfly zoo, miniature golf and laser tag.



Distance: 8.6 miles

Postcode: GL16 8QB

Explore a mile of meandering pathways of this ancient woodland with fantastic tree and rock formations. As well as the woods there are lots of animals, a willow maze, indoor mazes and a toddler racing track, an outdoor playground, picnic area, café and gift shop. The magical scenery of Puzzlewood has made it a popular location for filming, playing host to various television dramas including Dr Who.


Go Ape – Tree Top Adventure & Forest Segway

Distance:  10.5 Miles

Postcode: GL15 4HD

Enjoy two-three hours in the trees taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings, Rope Ladders and a variety of obstacles and crossings. This Go Ape Treetop Adventure in the Forest of Dean, England’s largest oak woodland, has had a complete redesign for 2016. There is also a Tree Top Junior Adventure just down the road at Beechenhurst Lodge (Postcode: GL16 7EJ).

Forest Segway is the epic adventure with a down-to-earth twist. Cruise and explore the forest floor on the all-terrain, self balancing, electric Segways (min. age 10 yrs).

Birds of Prey

Distance: 14.8 miles

Postcode:  GL18 1JJ

Enjoy a full day out for all the family at the oldest dedicated birds of prey centre in the World!




Distance: 6.1 miles

Postcode:GL16 7EH

Pedalabikeaway offers a variety of cycling routes within the Forest of Dean, from family-friendly trails to the more adventurous mountain biking trails. Take your own or hire a range of bikes of all shapes and sizes, plus all accessories, including children’s seats, tagalongs, trailers and electric bikes. 

The Family Trail is an 11 mile (17km), traffic-free trail, using old mining railway tracks and forest roads. If you’re lucky you may spot some of the resident wild boar and roe deer populations. Enjoy a picnic en route! Suitable for all ages and abilities.