The Cinderbury Experience offers a unique opportunity to spend time living in a replica of an Iron Age village set in a secluded hilltop location in the beautiful Royal Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. This little known area of England has a unique place in the history of the iron industry and the Cinderbury site contains some of the earliest known examples of scowles – open cast mine workings.

The Cinderbury Iron Age Experience is your chance to step back in time two thousand years to a time when lives were ruled by the weather, the hours of daylight and the human instinct for survival.

Flee the stresses of the 21st century and enjoy the rich artistic, cultural and spiritual life of our Celtic ancestors.

Dressed in authentic costume throughout your stay, you will ‘become’ an Iron Age villager coping with the demands of daily life.

Your accommodation will be basic; communal living in a roundhouse. You will cook your own meals and take your turn at guard duty.

Our team of experts will guide you through the essentials of daily living, learning the forgotten skills of making your own pots, cooking traditional meals over a roaring camp fire, tending crops and rare-breed animals. You will also have a chance to learn the ancient skills of iron smelting and forging as well as weaving, woodworking and metal working.

The basics of Iron Age life

Some evenings there will be guest speakers and the highlight of the week will be a torchlit feast around the camp fire.

Cinderbury Iron Age Experience Breaks

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Cinderbury Experience Weekends (Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime): £200 per guest

Cinderbury Experience Week (Sunday evening to Saturday morning) : £500 per guest.

Discounts are available for group and corporate bookings.

Please contact us for more information.

We have off site accomodation for Directors, Teachers, Staff members etc. who wish to avoid the iron age experience thanks to our partner