Cheddar Gorge & Caves

Cheddar, Somerset, BS27 3QF

Tel: +44 (0)1934 742343

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About

*** Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Cheddar Gorge & Caves will be closed for the foreseeable future. The effect of the pandemic on their operations has been profound, find out more here. ***

​​​​​​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. 

Groups

Groups of 12+ can access exclusive perks including generous discounts on ticket prices, free driver refreshment voucher and free all-day coach parking. Find out more here.

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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

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

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

The above times should be used as an indicator during the recovery phase from the global pandemic.

Please double-check details by visiting the website via the link above before you visit

Further Information

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

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4 of 5 stars
  • Travelers Choice 2020
  • Excellent
    1744
  • Very Good
    1204
  • Average
    506
  • Poor
    197
  • Terrible
    135

Recent Reviews:

  • emmanH7122LO
    Brierley Hill, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Stunning views. Cheese, and a Christmas shop
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 29th October 2020
    Although the caves are closed due to COVID-19 this place was wonderful to visit. Beautiful place a We walked up Jacob ladders. Not for the faint hearted but once at the top its worth the view. We... Read full review
  • 572phila
    Chichester, United Kingdom
    Don't pay to walk the Gorge or descend Jacob' Ladder - you can do it for free!
    4 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 31st October 2020
    We were lucky enough to meet a local man who gave us some excellent advice for visiting the gorge so am now passing it on. - Don't pay for car parking - nobody checks as it's privately owned - not... Read full review
  • oban-boy
    London, United Kingdom
    Just as tacky and run down as I remembered.
    2 of 5 stars
    Monday, 2nd November 2020
    Ok, it's out of season and in the middle of a pandemic, so it had the feel of a ghost town. I remember visiting the gorge as a child and being disappointed. Visiting it some 40 years later simply... Read full review

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