*TEMPORARILY CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE*
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.
Burn off some energy climbing up the 274 steps which make up Jacob’s Ladder. Once you reach the top you can admire the fantastic views across the Mendips. If you need a pitstop on the climb then don’t worry there’s breaks along the way. Once you’ve mastered Jacob’s ladder then you can carry on along the cliff top walks. The perfect way to enjoy a day out and take in fresh air for all the family including your four-legged pals.
As well as the Cliff top walk and Jacob’s ladder there are many other walking routes around Cheddar Gorge. You can do a circular route around the Cheddar Cliffs, Horseshoe Bend , Black Rock and Cox’s Cave. Close by is the West Mendip Way and Mascall’s Wood which are both excellent spots for a walk, cycle and climb!
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: Dream hunters in Cox’s Cave and immerse yourself in all facets of the Gorge with the cinematic journey: Beyond the View.
Don’t miss the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company based at The Cliffs in Cheddar. They are the only company still making cheddar cheese and more so close to Cheddar Gorge and Caves!
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
Single Adult (16 years+) £18.70
Single Child (8 – 15 years) £18.70
Exclusive Group – Adults & Children (up to 10 people) £154.00
The Vault (12+ years) 30 minutes: £14.95 per person
Caved In (12+ years) 60 minutes: £24.95 per person
|Open (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)|
* Monday to Sunday 10am-5pm
Open all year except Christmas Day
- 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
- Dogs Accepted
- Printed Material in Foreign Languages - Tours of Gough's Cave in Spanish and Polish
- Tea / Coffee Shop
- 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
- 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
- Groups Accepted
Map & Directions
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Certificate of Excellence 2019
- Very Good1191
- Q9672QJjackdTrip Type:Friends getawayNo CheddarMonday, 15th June 2020I travelled over 3 hours to get there but unfortunately, there was no cheddar. The whole experience was quite misleading. However; the scenery was quite nice. Read full review
- GeysirGalSurrey, United KingdomExcellent day out with lots to see and exploreWednesday, 8th July 2020It was a long time ago that I first went to Cheddar so when we decided to spend a week exploring Somerset, a return visit was the frst thing on the list. The road to get here is long and meandering... Read full review
- 181shaunhWroxham, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyChedder Gorge amazingSunday, 12th July 2020Visited today, the caves are still closed due to covid but most shops are open. At first I was disappointed as the place is swamped with boy racers speeding up and down the road making it... Read full review