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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.

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

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
  • 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

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

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
  • Special group rates
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free

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

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 £19.95
Child £14.95
Under 5s Free

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor
  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    1395
  • Very Good
    1021
  • Average
    436
  • Poor
    173
  • Terrible
    109

Recent Reviews:

  • NickiBest
    Dudley, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    A nice day out
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 24th September 2018
    Climbing 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 B
    Torquay, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Great visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 25th September 2018
    Great 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
  • rachann181
    Haverfordwest, United Kingdom
    Great Experience
    4 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 26th September 2018
    We 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
Cheddar
Somerset
BS27 3QF

Tel: +44 (0)1934 742343

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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