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Cheddar Gorge

Opening times

Open All Year

Open - 01/01/2015 to 31/12/2015

Cheddar Gorge

Visit Britain’s biggest gorge, take in the dramatic cliffs rising up 450ft and explore the stunning stalactite caverns below. Created by Ice age melt-waters over millions of years, this world famous beauty spot is not only a National Nature Reserve but also a famous site of prehistoric discoveries.

There are seven great attractions to discover, including the spectacular Gough’s Cave. Explore the hidden chambers and meet Cheddar Man who once lived here. Duck into secret caves, see the ancient elders' meeting chamber and gasp at the incredible vistas created by stalagmites and stalactites. You'll be astounded by the soaring chambers of St Paul's Cathedral and the towering spires of Solomon's Temple. Audio guides bring the cave to life (there's a special version for kids) telling the fascinating story of its Ice Age creation, Stone Age occupation and Victorian exploration.

Journey through the gorge to experience Cox’s Cave; enjoy this beautiful sanctuary with its colourful calcite sculptures and dancing fountains. Wonder at the incredible mirror pools; it's hard to figure out where the pool ends and the reflection begins. The cave is brought to life by light making it feel like another, more spiritual, world. Haunting choral music enhances the reflective mood. Cox's Cave continues into the Crystal Quest – an amazing underground adventure that will entertain all the family. In the eternal fight between Good and Evil, mortal heroes battle it out with foul creatures from the underworld. It's a story based on some of the ancient beliefs that inspired Greek odysseys and Norse sagas. Experience the elven magic of this fantasy world, inspired by JRR Tolkein's honeymoon visit here in 1916.

Excess energy? You'll soon burn it off climbing the 274 steps up the side of Cheddar Gorge and the 48 more to the top of the Lookout Tower – kids and dogs love it! For those preferring a slower pace, 4 landing stages allow you to catch your breath. It's well worth the climb! When you get to the top you look down into the steep sided valley of Cheddar Gorge that cleaves into the beautiful Mendip Hills. To the south you’ll see the flat lush water meadows of the Somerset Levels. The windswept hilltop plateau to the north is 900 feet above sea-level, some of the most breath-taking views in Britain. The Cliff-top Gorge Walk starts at the Lookout Tower with 3600 views you’ll see for miles!

All aboard the open-top double-decker for your tour of the dramatic landscape of Cheddar Gorge. You'll see some of the most spectacular views ever and hear plenty of fun and interesting facts from your guide. The Museum of Prehistory tells the story of our ancestors’ 40,000-year struggle for survival during the Ice Age while re-enactors demonstrate the survival skills of flint knapping and fire making.

If you’re looking for something X-treme – why not check out Cheddar Gorge’s caving and rock climbing activity centre?

Adventure Caving (mid February to October)
It's hard! It’s dirty! It's fun! A real caving expedition deep inside the Mendip Hills, with climbs, crawls and squeezes – you'll go from zero to hero. Suitable for beginners. Daily – all year round.

Rock Climbing
Take it to the edge! Start with an easy climb and see how quickly you progress on our 50ft cliff face in this world-class centre for climbers. Suitable for beginners. Daily – April to September (unless it's raining).

There’s so much to do at Cheddar Gorge you’ll need to relax and recharge. Stop off for a light lunch or coffee and a cake at Costa Coffee. It doesn’t matter whether you are interested in nature, history or geology, or just want to see some breath-taking views and eat a tasty afternoon tea; you’ll find it all at Cheddar Gorge!

Opening Dates & Times
Cheddar Gorge is open EVERY DAY except Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.
Easter, May and Whitsun School Holidays: 10.00 am - 5.30 pm
July and August: 10.00 am - 5.30 pm
Rest of year: 10.30 am - 5.00 pm
Last admission to the caves, museum and tour bus is 30 minutes before the listed closing time.

Gorge Tour Bus
February half term: daily
February half term until Easter: weekends only
Easter - end September: daily
October: weekends only
October/November half term: daily

The tour bus does not operate when it’s raining.

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