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.
- 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
- On-Site café/restaurant
- Picnic Site
Children & Infants
- Accept Children Over 3
- 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
- Approx length of visit - 4+ hours
- In countryside
- Indoor Attraction
- Min group size - 20
- Outdoor Attraction
- 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
- Blue Badge Guides admitted free
- Booking essential - For School & Group visits and Adventure Caving & Rock climbing sessions
- Special group rates
- TIC Staff Admitted Free
- 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
- Groups Accepted
Map & Directions
Under 5s Free
- Certificate of Excellence 2018
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good1021
- NickiBestDudley, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesA nice day outMonday, 24th September 2018Climbing Jacob's Ladder was a good way to get the heart pumping. Lovely views from the top of the gorge, the decent is a little tricky as the majority of the path is rocks/stones/boulders and this... Read full review
- Jane BTorquay, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyGreat visitTuesday, 25th September 2018Great tour round the groge dogs are welcome inside too. There’s lots of little shops up and down the Main Street plenty of dog lovers even a doggy cafe were you can go with your dog to meet other... Read full review
- rachann181Haverfordwest, United KingdomGreat ExperienceWednesday, 26th September 2018We visited the caves on a rainy day but this didn’t cause many problems with the experience. We just didn’t venture up Jacob’s Ladder and the walk along the cliffs but the tickets are annual so we... Read full review
Tel: +44 (0)1934 742343
|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.