The creepy woods you can visit in the UK which inspired Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter


A FOREST in the UK was thought to be the inspiration for both J R R Tolkien‘s Lord of the Rings, as well as JK Rowling for Harry Potter.

Puzzlewood, is found in the Forest of Dean, is known as an ancient woodland which means it has remained a forest since at least the 1600s.

Fans of Lord of The Rings don't have to go to New Zealand - with the inspiration for Middle Earth in the UK

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Fans of Lord of The Rings don’t have to go to New Zealand – with the inspiration for Middle Earth in the UKCredit: Alamy

Covering 15 acres, the creepy woods are though to have inspired Tolkien’s Middle Earth.

Inside the forest are lots of secret caves and rock formations to explore as the area is a giant maze with intricate pathways, some of which were laid down in the 19th century.

It is thought to date back to the Roman period and was used for cast iron ore mining.

While most of the Lord of the Rings movies were actually filmed in New Zealand, the scary woods were also thought to have inspired J K Rowling.

The author was believed to have visited when writing the Harry Potter novels, and were the basis for the Forbidden Forest.

The location was then used in the final Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movie.

Puzzlewood is thought to have inspired J R R Tolkien

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Puzzlewood is thought to have inspired J R R TolkienCredit: Alamy
The creepy woods have inspired a number of other writers too

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The creepy woods have inspired a number of other writers tooCredit: Alamy
It is thought to have inspired J K Rowling's Forbidden Forest in the Harry Potter books

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It is thought to have inspired J K Rowling’s Forbidden Forest in the Harry Potter booksCredit: Alamy
TV shows Merlin and Doctor Who have also filmed at the woods

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TV shows Merlin and Doctor Who have also filmed at the woodsCredit: Alamy
You can visit too, with adult and kids tickets on sale as well as cottages and adventure playgrounds

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You can visit too, with adult and kids tickets on sale as well as cottages and adventure playgroundsCredit: Alamy
Star Wars was also filmed at the woods

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Star Wars was also filmed at the woods
Lord of the Rings took inspiration from it

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Lord of the Rings took inspiration from itCredit: � WingNut Films / New Line Cinema
Harry Potter's Forbidden Forest was also inspired by the woods

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Harry Potter’s Forbidden Forest was also inspired by the woodsCredit: Alamy

It isn’t the only blockbuster to be filmed there – 2015 Star Wars film The Force Awakens, along with the Snow White sequel The Huntsman: Winter’s War also shot some of their scenes there, along with the 2020 adaptation of The Secret Garden.

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TV shows including Doctor Who, Merlin and Atlantic also shot a number of episodes there.

To visit Puzzlewood, it costs £7 for adults and £6 for kids although visitors aged two or under go free.

You can even stay there with a number of self-catered cottages on-site, as well as a cafe serving sandwiches, snacks and kids lunchboxes.

Sadly the current play area is closed due to Covid, but download the app and kids can get involved in a treasure hunt for 20 objects, items, faces and places, including the new Big Four animals.

Here are some other things you can do in the Forest of Dean.

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