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Cheddar Gorge & Caves

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Cheddar Gorge

About

Visit Britain’s highest, inland limestone cliffs rising up 450ft and explore the depths of stunning stalactite caverns below that were created by Ice Age melt-waters over millions of years. It doesn’t matter whether you are interested in nature, history or geology, or just want to see some breath-taking views; you’ll find all facets of Cheddar Gorge & Caves.

This world-famous natural wonder is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation. You can see an array of flora including the Cheddar pink, early purple orchids and the rare Twin Cliffs, Gough’s Rock and Cheddar whitebeam.  As well as an abundance of wildlife from insects such as small pearl-bordered fritillaries, violet oil beetles and green orb-weaver spiders to woodland birds like the great spotted woodpecker and tree creepers to the greater and lesser horseshoe bats who live in the caves.

Learn all about the findings from prehistoric past made by archaeologists in the caves in the Museum of Prehistory. This includes the discovery of the oldest, complete skeleton in 1903, known as ‘Cheddar Man’, dating back to the Mesolithic Age over 9,000 years ago.

Explore the depths of Gough’s Cave with audio guides telling the fascinating story of its Ice Age creation, Stone Age occupation and Victorian exploration. See the pioneering journey that took mankind from a primitive existence, to being the most successful species on the planet with the multimedia experience: Dreamhunters in Cox’s Cave and immerse yourself in all facets of the Gorge with the cinematic journey: Beyond the View.

Adventure Activities

Cheddar Gorge & Caves is perfect for those seeking adventure with a range of Rocksport activities for all abilities with a range of activities available to suit all levels including a ‘Try Climbing’ option to dip your toes into the water or, take the plunge and scale 50ft of the Gorge instructed by an experienced climbing leader.

If you’d prefer to test your brain power, you could take part in the Cheddar-themed, real-life Escape Rooms. Choose from the intense, artefact-focused ‘Vault’ room or the hands-on, logical ‘Caved In’ and see if you can beat the clock.

Don't miss out on our spectacular events including Wildlife Week in May, the Festival of Archaeology during the summer and our Halloween Spooktacular!

Open selected dates from 2nd January – 30th December 2018. Adventure activities are at an additional cost please see website for details and any further information.

Extras

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted

Key Features

  • Approx length of visit - 4+ hours
  • In countryside
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Min group size - 20
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Village Location - On the edge of Cheddar Village

Accessibility

  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors - Cheddar Man Museum, Shop and Cafe.
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Limited
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access - In the Museum and to the Shop and Cafe
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Children & Infants

  • Accept Children Over 3

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking
  • Parking (charge) - February Half-term to October Half-term
  • Parking (free) - November to mid-February

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Payment Methods

  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Booking essential - For School & Group visits and Adventure Caving & Rock climbing sessions
  • Special group rates
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free

Establishment Features

  • Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages - Audio Guides commentary in Gough's cave in French and German
  • Conference facilities
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages - Tours of Gough's Cave in Spanish and Polish
  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Toilets - Including wheelchair accessible

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed towards families
  • Marketed towards senior citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given - Stone Age Survival Skills - including flint-knapping & fire-making by re-enactors dressed in deerskins.
  • Educational Visits Accepted - School Rooms available for lectures and picnics
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups - Guided Tours of Gough's Cave

Travel & Trade

  • Commission/net rates apply
  • Group discounts available

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Find out about the latest on the roads and get travel directions from TravelWest.info

Public Transport Directions

For comprehensive information about getting here by public transport, please visit TravelWest.info

Guide Prices

Adult £19.95
Child £14.95
Under 5s Free

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor
  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    1223
  • Very Good
    928
  • Average
    394
  • Poor
    157
  • Terrible
    102

Recent Reviews:

  • Kirsty L
    Calne, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Cheddar
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 14th February 2018
    Fantastic day out for all the family. Thought was a bit pricey but when we arrived so much to do it was worth every penny. Lovely views and fantastic caves. Read full review
  • rwoodsoho
    Surrey, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Expensive for two caves/First cave very interesting/Second poor show/Ending good with light show.
    3 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 14th February 2018
    We visited today and found it was expensive.Your ticket price involves 1 and a half caves.You can watch a film about Cheddar in a room/Visit a museum... The first cave you basically can roam about... Read full review
  • ccross2017
    Dorset, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Great day out
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 14th February 2018
    A really good day out. Though it recommends one hour on this site, I think you could easily spend 4 here. If you buy the attraction ticket in advance, by midnight the day before you go, you will save... Read full review
Cheddar
Somerset
BS27 3QF

Tel: +44 (0)1934 742343

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

* Open daily from 1st January to 30th December 2018
25th July to 31st August 10am – 5:30 pm last entry to all attractions 5pm, all other days 10am - 5pm last entry to all attractions 4:30pm.
Open every day except Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

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