Cheddar Gorge & Caves

The Cliffs, Cheddar, Somerset, BS27 3QF

Tel: +44 (0)1934 742343

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Experience the Wonder of Cheddar Gorge & Caves

Cheddar Gorge & Caves boasts extraordinary subterranean show caves, awe-inspiring cliffs and holds many fascinating secrets about our prehistoric ancestors.

Our Day Ticket gives access to six great attractions:

Gough’s Cave: Prepare to be amazed by our stunning show cave featuring spectacular stalagmite and stalactite formations created over 500,000 years ago! See cheddar cheese maturing in the caves, view the site where Cheddar Man’s 10,000-year-old skeleton was discovered and learn about the extraordinary DNA discovery. A free audio guide is available in six languages, and there is also a special version for children.

Cox’s Cave featuring Dreamhunters: Walk in the footsteps of your ancestors and watch the story of early man unfold in this spectacular multimedia experience.

Beyond the View:  Take a seat in front of our state of the art 270-degree screen. Discover historic tales, enjoy breathtaking aerial panoramic views, and learn about the special wildlife and plants that call the gorge home.

Museum of Pre-History:  Discover amazing artefacts unearthed in the Cheddar area that help tell the story of how people lived thousands of years ago.

Jacob’s Ladder & The Lookout Tower: Venture up the 274 steps to the top of the gorge with rest stops along the route to admire the view. Marvel at the panoramic views and mosaic of landscapes across the Mendips and Somerset Levels.

Cliff­ -Top Walk: Hike the 3-mile loop around the gorge. Look out for the wildlife and enjoy the stunning scenery. If you don’t have time to do the full circuit, you can go for a shorter walk up to the Pulpit Rock look out point, and head back down the ladder.

Accessibility

Cheddar Gorge & Caves provides accessible toilets, free parking for blue badge holders and free admission for carers accompanied by a full paying visitor. The audio tour of Gough's cave is printed in braille. Assistance Dogs are permitted, and the museum is wheelchair accessible with lift. Those with severely restricted mobility or who are wheelchair dependent will find areas of Cheddar Gorge & Caves inaccessible. If you have any questions prior to your visit, please email Guest Services on info@cheddargorge.co.uk or call 01934 742343.

Dog-Friendly

Dogs are welcome in all attractions and water bowls are provided in the cave entrances, shop and café patio.

Family and Children

Cheddar Gorge & Cave is family friendly. We have baby changing facilities, buggy parking and are breast-feeding friendly. Gough’s café has a small play area for under two year olds, water refills and highchairs are available. Entry is free for children under the age of 5 years.

Groups

Cheddar Gorge & Caves has special group rates, coach parking and drop off points for group tours. 

We offer discounted exclusive group sessions for Rocksport adventure activities – adventure caving, rock climbing and freefall.

Special Events

We have a fantastic programme of events throughout the year to keep the whole family entertained, including the school holidays. Visit our What’s On page for more details.

Dog-Friendly

Experience the wonder of an all-season dog friendly day out at Cheddar Gorge & Caves. Discover six great attractions including two spectacular show caves and a stunning Cliff-Top walk.

Thirst for adventure or a puzzle-solving mind?

Rocksport: Imagine climbing the gorge rockface in the shadow of the 450ft cliffs, caving deep underground or taking part in our exhilarating Blackcat freefall in Gough’s Cave. Suitable for all abilities. Sessions available for adults and children aged 8 years and over.

Escape Rooms: Up for a challenge? Our two Cheddar-themed rooms, Caved In and The Vault will test your brain power as you race against the clock to try to escape. Double the fun with our Ultimate Escape combo ticket at a discounted rate. Suitable for 12 years and over in groups of up to six people.

Nature, wildlife, history, adventure - experience the wonder on an all-season day out in Somerset. For more information on how to plan your day at Cheddar Gorge & Caves and to book please visit www.cheddargorge.co.uk

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Special Offers

  • South West Attractions VIP Pass

    The offer: The South West Attractions VIP pass is available to all visitors who purchase a full-priced ticket with any of the exclusive list of participating attractions. VIP pass holders will automatically qualify for a 20% discount off of the admission price to the five other attraction.

    How to book: For more information please see Cheddar Gorge and Cave's website here

    Things to do in Bristol - redeem this special offer between 01/02/2024 and 02/06/2024

    School Holiday Offers - redeem this special offer between 01/02/2024 and 02/06/2024

    Offer link: Things to do in Bristol, School Holiday Offers

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
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Bank HolidayOpen

* Open daily from 10:00 - 17:00 (10:00 - 18:00 at weekends in the summer holidays) (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day with selected close dates during the winter months). Last entry into all Cheddar Gorge and Cave attractions is 16:30 (17:30 at weekends in the summer holidays).

Further Information

Other

  • Gift Shop

Accessibility

  • Assistance Dogs
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - The Beyond the View cinematic experience has an induction loop for visitors with hearing aids.
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - The audio tour of Gough's cave is printed in braille
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - Parking for disabled visitors is free.
  • Ramp/Level Access - In the Museum and to the Shop and Cafe
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop

Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages

  • French audio guide
  • German audio guide
  • Mandarin audio guide
  • Polish audio guide
  • Russian audio guide

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Children & Infants

  • Baby Changing Facilities

Establishment Features

  • Coach drop-off point
  • Dog Friendly
  • Dogs-Accepted
  • On-site Restaurant/Cafe
  • Picnic Area
  • Tea / Coffee Shop

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking
  • On Bus Route
  • Parking (charge) - Parking for the day is £6 (£4 from 3pm onwards)
  • Parking (free) - Parking for disabled visitors is free.
  • Parking On-site or Valet Parking

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted

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