47 Church Street, Newent, GL18 1AA


47 Church Street, Newent, GL18 1AA

Things to do in Newent and Gloucestershire

The Black Dog, Newent is located near many popular tourist attractions to be enjoyed by the whole family.

Photography by Chris Mills.

newent church

St Mary’s Church

Distance: 0 miles

St. Mary’s Church is located in the centre of Newent, a beautiful market town in Gloucestershire. The church today thrives as an upbeat Ecumenical place of worship with relevant teaching for all ages.

St. Mary’s Church dates back to the 13th century and was built on Anglo-Saxon ground. It has wealth of history – its church organ was built in 1737, and the old Celtic stone is 1200 years old. The church also features the largest unsupported wooden ceiling in the country.


Newent Town

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The Black Dog is conveniently located right in the centre of Newent. The historic town appears first in the historical record in the Domesday Book and has been settled since at least Roman times.

There are many local shops, pubs, restaurants, attractions and scenic places to enjoy such as May Hill, Newent Lake and Newent Arboretum. Come and enjoy the local markets, or take part in a ghost walk and learn some of the towns ancient history.

newent lake

Newent Lake

Distance: 0.5 miles

Newent Lake is a haven for wildlife and home to a variety of freshwater fish. The lake is considered one of the most beautiful public spaces in the town and is a great spot to relax and enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature.

Mallard ducks, moorhens, coots and kingfishers are the most commonly found wildlife on the water with the occasional heron to be spotted. The surrounding shrubs and trees attract many wild birds such as blackbirds, robins, song thrush, nuthatch, tree creepers and great spotted woodpeckers. Nest boxes have been installed around the lake and are popular among blue, great and coal tits.

Enjoy the relaxing 20 minute circular walk around the lake and see which wildlife you can spot.

Glos Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral

Distance: 9 miles

Gloucester Cathedral was founded by the Anglo-Saxons in 678-9 AD and has been a place of Christian worship continuously for over 1,300 years. The Cathedral offers many things to see and do – from climbing the tower to special family events and attractions, including:

  • Lady Chapel
  • New Tribune Gallery – Experience some new and exciting interactive fun
  • Cloisters – Famous today for the filming of Harry Potter
  • The Whispering Gallery – One of the most spectacular views of the Cathedral
  • Edward II Tomb – The only monarch’s tomb in the South West
  • Great East Window – Installed in the early 1350’s, this is one of the greatest landmarks of European stained glass
Glos Docks

Gloucester Docks

Distance: 9 miles

This former Victorian port has become a popular destination where visitors can explore a range of facilities and enjoy interesting views. Attractions include:

  • National Waterways Museum
  • Leisure Cruises
  • Narrow-boat Day Hire
  • Gloucester Quays Outlet Centre
  • Antique Shops
  • Working Dry Docks
  • Mariners Chapel
  • Stand up Paddle-boarding
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The Barn Owl Centre

Distance: 10 miles

The Barn Owl Centre is a 12 acre natural centre in Gloucestershire and provides owl conservation support to landowners and farmers UK wide. They also operate a dedicated Bird Sanctuary, providing 24hr care & support to unwanted and mistreated captive bred birds. Activities at the centre include:

  • Barn Owl Experience
  • Hawk & Owl Experience
  • Childrens Birthday Parties
  • 5 Hour Photography Day
  • School Groups and Visits
Tintern Abbey

Tintern Abbey

Distance: 26 miles

Tintern Abbey was visited by poets and painters such as Wordsworth and Turner 200 years ago in the Romantic period. Lying on the Welsh side of the winding valley of the River Wye between Monmouth and Chepstow, it is indeed a wonderfully romantic place. The Abbey has a picturesque beauty and a fascinating history.

Ross On Wye

Ross on Wye

Distance: 9 miles

Ross on Wye is a beautiful market town located 9 miles from Newent. The town has an array of shops, restaurants and lots of activities to enjoy alongside the river whilst taking in some breathtaking views including canoe hire, angling, cycling and walking. Visit their website for upcoming events and other nearby attractions.

Newent Int BOP Ctre


Distance: 2 miles

The International Centre for Birds of Prey (ICBP) is a leading Worldwide raptor breeding and conservation centre. Located just 2 miles from the Black Dog, they are open 7 days a week and have many activities for the whole family to enjoy.

  • More than 250 incredible birds of prey
  • 12 acres of glorious gardens, enclosures, woods and fields to explore
  • Experience days including owls, falcons, hawks and raptors
  • Cafe
  • Disabled access

Become a member of the ICBP and help support them with the important work they carry out and benefit from the advantages that come with membership.


Heritage Railway

Distance: 25 miles

The Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway is a volunteer operated heritage railway offering a round trip of 28 miles. It runs via Stratford-upon-Avon, Broadway and Cheltenham, offering some of the most spectacular scenery in the Cotswolds. Wonderful views can be seen of the nearby sleepy villages and hamlets, all the way across the Malvern Hills and beyond.

  • Steam train, diesel train and diesel railcar rides
  • Small displays of railway memorabilia
  • Return trip of 28 miles
  • Outstanding scenic views
  • Buffet facilities on most trains
  • Have-a-go signalbox at Toddington
  • Souvenir shops
  • Picnic areas at Toddington and Winchcombe


Distance: 18 miles

Puzzlewood is a unique and atmospheric ancient woodland located in the historic, beautiful Forest of Dean. It’s enchanted scenery can let the imagination run wild with thoughts of dragons, magic and unicorns – one of the reasons why it’s a popular location for film sets.

Walk and enjoy the beautiful grounds, or take part in an activity and learn some new skills:

  • Photography Workshops – Held throughout the year
  • Residential Photography Weeks – Work closely with a professional photographer and learn new skills
  • Bushcraft – Learn valuable outdoor survival skills
  • Forest Bathing Weekend – Discover the healing power of trees and leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated
WWT Slimbridge

WWT Slimbridge

Distance: 22 miles

WWT is a conservation charity that protects wetlands for wildlife and people. They are pioneers in saving threatened wetland wildlife and are experts in wetland creation and management.

From families to birdwatchers, there is plenty to discover all year round. Walk along the wetlands and enjoy amazing wildlife up-close. WWF is an award-winning day out with various experiences to suit all ages.

  • Guided learning sessions
  • Spot rare wildlife
  • Play area & picnic area
  • Bird watching
  • Photography
  • Galleries and exhibitions