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 www.cheddargorge.co.uk, call 01934 742343 or email email@example.com
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
|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
- Groups Accepted
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
- Certificate of Excellence 2016
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good773
- coupleMiddxmiddxTrip Type:FamilyWorth a visitFriday, 17th February 2017Family of 4 with two teenagers, on the whole we all enjoyed it, Goughs cave very good, the information is all on hand held audio which is good but each piece of commentary is quite long and the boys... Read full review
- indalomansxEssex, United KingdomGoing Under GroundWednesday, 15th February 2017These caves never cease to amaze, Children often get the first sight of caves and the learn about Mites and Tights Always intresting worth a visit any time of year , Winter its normally warmer in the... Read full review
- LifewithWesleyWhitstable, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyWonderful Gorge but way too commercialTuesday, 14th February 2017I have been fortunate to have seen some amazing gorges in my time around the world, unfortunately, all superior to Cheddar Gorge. I had high hopes for Cheddar following the reviews but found it was... Read full review