New homes in Coleford
New homes in Coleford
Welcome to Coleford
Located in Gloucestershire in the beautiful Forest of Dean, Coleford is a market town with lots to see and do in the local area. So whether you love going on bike rides, exploring museums or taking shopping trips to nearby cities, your new home in Coleford has something for everyone to enjoy.
A quick history
Coleford originally grew around a ford and by the middle of the 14th century had become a small hamlet with around eight houses. By the late 15th century Coleford had its own chapel, and its own market by 1642.
At the time of the English Civil War, troops marched through Coleford on their way to Gloucester which resulted in some disturbances including the burning of the market house. It was rebuilt in 1679, and the decades which followed saw a big growth in the population of the town. In the 20th century, Coleford continued to grow and today is a thriving administrative town.
Business and industry
Coleford is historically an iron-producing town, with a heritage stretching right back to the Middle Ages. Later the town had coal mines, an iron works and lime kiln, but today the town is built around tourism as visitors come and enjoy the cycling and walking routes in the Forest of Dean. Coleford is also home to Lucozade Ribena Suntory where the popular drinks are made, and the SPP Pumps Ltd factory.
Things to do in the area
Being located on the edge of the Forest of Dean, there are lots of things to see and do in and around Coleford. In the town itself, you can go and discover the history of the railways at the Coleford Great Western Railway Museum which is housed in the former Goods Shed.
If you’re moving to Coleford with a young family in tow, there are lots of great places to see just a short drive from Coleford, including Symonds Yat Rock, Clearwell Caves, and the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail. At Puzzlewood you can explore the magical woodlands which have been used as a filming location for Star Wars and Torchwood, while Perrygrove Railway and Treetop Adventure is ideal for train-loving little ones.
For those of you who like to be active, there are miles and miles of cycling trails through the Forest of Dean, while the River Wye is popular for canoeing. If you need an accessible walking route, The Cyril Hart Arboretum has flat paths winding through the impressive collection of trees.
Travel and commuting
There is no train station in Coleford, but the town is close to the A4136 and just a short drive from the A40. To get to the centre of Gloucester the car journey takes around 40 minutes, while Monmouth is much closer and just 15 minutes away by car. Newport can be reached in just over 40 minutes, while Cheltenham is around 50 minutes away from Coleford travelling via the A48 and A40.
If you’re travelling to London, the car journey takes almost three hours depending on the M4 traffic. If you want to get to the capital by train, the journey from Gloucester to Paddington takes under two hours.
When it’s holiday time, the nearest airport is Bristol International Airport, around one hour and 5 minutes away by car travelling via the B4228.