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Cheddar Gorge & Caves

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Cheddar Gorge and Caves Bristol

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.

World-famous natural wonder

The Cheddar Gorge & Caves are 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.

Audio guides

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.

Challenge yourself

Cheddar Gorge & Caves also offers caving in one of the UK’s most spectacular showcaves, climbing at one of the UK’s most iconic locations and Escape Rooms: are you up to the challenge?

All well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome at Cheddar Gorge & Caves. 

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Extras

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

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Children & Infants

  • Accept Children Over 3

Establishment Features

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

Key Features

  • Approx length of visit - 4+ hours
  • In countryside
  • Village Location - On the edge of Cheddar Village

Parking & Transport

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

Payment Methods

  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Booking essential - For School & Group visits and Adventure Caving & Rock climbing sessions
  • Min group size - 20
  • Special group rates
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free

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

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted

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 Day Ticket: £19.95
Child Day Ticket: £14.95

Day Tickets include entry to all attractions: Gough’s Cave with audio guide tour, Dreamhunters at Cox’s Cave, Museum of Prehistory, Beyond the View: a cinematic journey through the gorge, Jacob’s Ladder, Lookout Tower and the Cliff-top Walk.

Rock Climbing or Adventure Caving or Black Cat Free Fall:
Single Adult (16 years+) £24.95
Single Child (8 – 15 years) £18.70
Exclusive Group – Adults & Children (up to 10 people) £154
Exclusive Group – Adults (up to 10 people) £187

Junior Caving:
Single Adult (16 years+) £18.70
Single Child (8 – 15 years) £18.70
Exclusive Group – Adults & Children (up to 10 people) £154.00

Escape Rooms:
The Vault (12+ years) 30 minutes: £14.95 per person
Caved In (12+ years) 60 minutes: £24.95 per person

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Excellent
    1512
  • Very Good
    1100
  • Average
    475
  • Poor
    188
  • Terrible
    125

Recent Reviews:

  • robertberrington
    Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Flying Visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 20th August 2019
    Just a quick visit while on our journey in Somerset at the end of the day. Great views of the area and a good meal while here at a fair price. It was the end of the day and most things were closed or... Read full review
  • alanis239
    Bedford, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Informative day out
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 21st August 2019
    Suitable for all the family, there was something for everyone. The audio tour was very interesting and taught us a lot of history. We met a guide in Gough’s cave called Alan, what an asset. He gave... Read full review
  • mollybronte
    Sydney, Australia
    Amazing, interesting, a bit expensive.
    4 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 22nd August 2019
    We visited the Gorge on a trip through Cheddar. The caves are quite expensive to go through and because we were late arriving we could only go through one cave of the four and were charged 10 pound... Read full review
Cheddar
Somerset
BS27 3QF

Tel: +44 (0)1934 742343

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

* Monday to Sunday 10am-5pm
Open all year except Christmas Day

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