French German Spanish Italian Japanese Chinese Russian

Event Search

Places Search

Get More from Explore!

Forest Holidays 10% Offer for Cabins in the Forest of Dean Gloucestershire
Promote your business, event or offer with Explore Gloucestershire
Explore Enewsletter
Explore Competition
Whats On
Book a Hotel
Special Offers
Follow Explore Gloucestershire on FacebookFollow Explore Gloucestershire on TwitterFollow us on YouTube

Nr. Coleford, Royal Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, GL16 8QB

01594 833187


‘The Most Magical Forest on the Face of the Earth’ Kathleen Kennedy, President, Lucasfilm

About Puzzlewood

A Magical day out in the Forest of Dean

Puzzlewood is a unique and magical day out in Forest of Dean. You can explore a mile of pathways winding through deep gulley’s of moss covered rocks, over wooden bridges and through fantastic tree and rock formations; all set in 14 acres of ancient woodland.

In addition to the wood, there are pony rides (holidays/weather permitting), farm animals, a willow maze, an indoor maze, playgrounds, picnic benches, cafe and gift shop selling local crafts.

What is the magic of Puzzlewood?
Puzzlewood is a maze of pathways winding between the moss covered rocks, the twisted roots of the Yew trees or the bridges and ‘lookouts’ that you have to find on your way round? JRR Tolkien is reputed to have taken his inspiration for the fabled forests of Middle Earth from Puzzlewood, and it is easy to see why. You will find Puzzlewood to be an enchanting place. Puzzlewood has an atmosphere quite unlike any other wood you will have visited.

Puzzlewood has an interesting history; It was used for the mining of Iron ore until Roman times, nature then reclaimed the old workings until, in the early 1800s a local landowner laid down a mile of pathways which meandered through the trees and gulleys to open up this ancient forest; originally for the amusement of his friends and children. Since then Puzzlewood is has remained essentially unchanged with the same pathways and bridges as in earlier times, but with the addition of visitor facilities on the Puzzlewood site.

Willow Maze at Puzzlewood

The Puzzlewood willow maze is a work of art in it's own right. The living willow structure has been designed and planted by The Willow Bank, Lydney. (

Find your way through the celtic double spiral, walk through tunnels, and arches, find igloos and dead ends.

Over 4000 willow twigs from 7 different willow varieties were used in the construction of the Puzzlewood maze. The willow twigs were then woven to create this spectacular living sculpture.

Puzzlewood - TV & Film Location

Over the last few years Puzzlewood has been seen by TV and film producers worldwide as a unique and remarkable setting - ideal to set the scene for many television and film productions. BBC's 'Merlin' and 'Doctor Who' have been filmed here as well as top film blockbusters 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', 'The Huntsman' and 'Jack the Giant Slayer'. 'Atlantis', 'Wizards vs Aliens' and lots more productions have also used Puzzlewood as the spectacular backdrop for many scenes.

Puzzlewood Opening Times 2018

  • FEBRUARY - DAILY from the 10 - 18 February for half-term only. 

    Open 10.00am, last entry 3.30pm, cafe closes 4.00pm, gates locked 4.30pm.

    TBC WEEKENDS & WEDNESDAYS only from 25 February to 29 March.
  • MARCH - TBC WEEKENDS & WEDNESDAYS only until 29th March.

    Open 10.00am, last entry 3.30pm, cafe closes 4.00pm, gates locked 4.30pm.
  • APRIL - TBC SEPTEMBER : OPEN DAILY from 1st April.
    Open 10.00am, last entry 5.00pm, cafe closes 5.00pm, gates locked 6.30pm.
  • OCTOBER : TBC OPEN DAILY until 29th. 

    Open 10.00am, last entry 3.30pm, cafe closes 4.00pm, gates locked 4.30pm.

    Open 10.00am, last entry 3.30pm, cafe closes 4.00pm, gates locked 4.30pm.
Open weekends & Wednesdays and daily from 16th - 24th. 

    From 10.00am, last entry 3.30pm. CLOSE ON 24 DECEMBER for the season .

Puzzlewood 2018 Admission Prices

Adults: £7
Children: £6 (3 to 16 years)
Under 2's: FREE
Concessions/OAP's: £6
Family Ticket: (2 adults + 2 children) £25
Season Ticket: Adult £16.25, child £13.75, family (2+2) £58
CHRISTMAS Prices:  adults & children aged 3+ TBC

Facilities at Puzzlewood

Cafe: Yes
Shop: Yes
Picnic area: Yes
Parking: free
Coach parties: Accepted
Dogs: Not accepted (except guidedogs)

Getting to Puzzlewood

From Coleford follow B4228 towards Chepstow, half a mile along Puzzlewood is on the right hand side.

Not suitable for the less physically able due to many uneven steps or pushchairs - child carrier needed.
Please note that in severe weather conditions or if winds are above 25mph Puzzlewood will be closed for Health & Safety reasons.
Facebook and Twitter pages will always be updated so please check these before you travel when severe weather warnings are in place.

© Copyright 2007-2018