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Cheddar Gorge

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Cheddar Gorge


Cheddar Gorge & Caves is a great day out for all! There are plenty of activities to keep everybody smiling all day. 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 it all at Cheddar Gorge & Caves.

This world famous beauty spot is not only a National Nature Reserve but also a famous site of prehistoric discoveries. Once an ancient river bed - its limestone cliffs and beautiful caves are now home to rare bats, dormice, water voles and Peregrine falcons.

Take in the dramatic cliffs, explore the stunning stalactite caverns below or see the magnificent views from the Cliff-top Gorge Walk. Boasting great attractions to explore, groups can step back in time…as well as venture deep underground.

The Gorge and Caves are especially famous for the discoveries made about Britain’s pre-historic past by archaeologists. The Museum of Pre-history is where visitors will find everything from a replica of Britain’s oldest complete skeleton - Cheddar Man, to evidence of cannibalism, in an amazing story of how our ancestors endured a 40,000-year struggle for survival during the ice age.

Cheddar Gorge itself can be explored in several ways – one of the most popular of all being the open-top bus tour, which offers 20-minutes of amazing views and informative commentary. You'll voyage up a dry, prehistoric riverbed past the millponds where a colony of water voles make their home, and through the famous Horseshoe Bend. You'll pass under The Pinnacles, three slender fingers of rock pointing up 450 feet - that's higher than Wembley Stadium!

For the more active visitor, climb 274 steps up to The Lookout Tower, where the rewards on offer are the breath-taking views or enjoy one of the most stunning walks in England. The three-mile Cliff Top Gorge Walk, which usually takes around one-and-a-half hours and offers arguably the best picnic spot in the country!

But the highlight for many is the chance to experience the magic and the splendour of the Cheddar Cave’s natural underground wonders.

Gough’s Cave is widely recognised as one of the most beautiful stalactite caverns in the world. It is also where Cheddar Man, Britain’s oldest skeleton, was found. Audio guides bring the cave to life, telling the fascinating story of its Ice Age creation, Stone Age occupation and Victorian exploration.

Nearby Cox’s Cave is a shimmering, brilliantly coloured underground sanctuary with calcite sculptures, dancing fountains, mirror pools and music evocative of a more spiritual world. A striking contrast to Gough’s Cave, it’s here that kids love to follow “The Crystal Quest” and to meet the Lord of Darkness and his evil dragon– an amazing underground adventure that will entertain everyone.

For some visitors however, the ultimate way of exploring Cheddar Gorge & Caves from top to bottom just has to be Cheddar Gorge X-Treme, which offers the chance to take part in a real cave expedition inside the Mendip Hills -suitable for beginners. There is also the opportunity to rock climb on our magnificent 50ft cliff face. Daily – April to September (unless it's raining). Led by a team of highly trained guides, it’s a great active fun experience – and suitable for beginners. Age & height restrictions apply to both activities.

Cheddar Gorge & Caves are open EVERY DAY except Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.

For further information on opening times, events and group visits check out our website, call 01934 742343 or email


Attraction Facilities

  • Shop

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted

Key Features

  • In countryside
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Village Location - On the edge of Cheddar Village


  • 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

Children & Infants

  • Accept Children Over 3

Parking & Transport

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


  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 4+ hours
  • 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

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

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

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Using SAT-NAV key in BS27 3QF From London, the North, South West and Wales, Join M5 - exit J22. Then take A38 north for 7 miles following brown tourist signs. From the South East, follow A303 and then A361 to Shepton Mallet. Then follow the A371 to Cheddar. From Bath, take the A39 towards Wells, and turn off onto the B3135 down through the Gorge. Cheddar Gorge lies north east of cheddar village astride the B3135.

Public Transport Directions

Mainline trains direct from London (Paddington), Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Carlisle, Leeds, Sheffield, Derby, Birmingham (New Street), Cardiff, Plymouth, Exeter, Portsmouth & Southampton to Bristol (Temple Meads) then change for local train to Weston-super-Mare Railway Station, then take the FIRST Bus 126 (Sundays 826) to Cheddar. FIRST Bus 126 Weston-super-Mare to Axbridge, Cheddar, Wells and return Mon to Sat - every hour (Sun 826 - every 2 hours). FIRST Buses674 Bristol to Cheddar (Sunday only)FIRST Bus 668 Street to Wedmore, Cheddar, Shipham and return. Mon to Sat – every 2 hours

Guide Prices

Senior Citizens Special - Gough's Cave & a Cream Tea in Costa - £11.50
Adult - Longleat & Cheddar Combo - £43.50
Child (5-14 yrs) - Longleat & Cheddar Combo - £31.00
Child (3-4 yrs) - Longleat & Cheddar Combo - £22.95
Senior - Longleat & Cheddar Combo Ticket - £37.00


  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

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Recent Reviews:

  • Jean-Michel P
    Lille, France
    Trip Type:
    A rip off
    1 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 3rd September 2017
    Leave your car at the eastern end of the gorge, where the southern and the northern paths meet. Then climb up the southern path and walk along the gorge. As you go down into the village, after an... Read full review
  • Steve M
    Trip Type:
    Good value trip
    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 3rd September 2017
    Well worth a visit if you are in Somerset visiting caves are eerie and fascinating a climb to the lookout tower also worth the effort and in general just a really lovely area in my opinion good value... Read full review
  • ThisIsMyOpinion2
    West Midlands, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Worth seeing
    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 3rd September 2017
    Haven't been here for over 40 years and can say that it is a place you have to see. A tad expensive but once you've done it, you've done it. There are 2 caves which shows a lot of history. There's... Read full review
BS27 3QF

Tel: +44 (0)1934 742343

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)

* July to August 10:00 am - 5.30 pm
last entry to each attraction 5.00pm
September to June 10:30 am - 5.00 pm
last entry to each attraction 4.30pm

Open every day except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

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