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Cheddar Gorge & Caves

Cheddar, Somerset, BS27 3QF
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About

Visit Cheddar Gorge & Caves with the highest, inland limestone cliff formation and two of the oldest showcaves in Britain. Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation, Cheddar Gorge is rich in rare and endemic flora such as the Cheddar whitebeam and Cheddar pink and provides a haven for wildlife, such as the greater and lesser horseshoe bats, dormice and great crested newts.

Learn more about our prehistoric ancestors, take a stroll along the cliff-top or scale the rockface for a more extreme adventure.  Whether you are interested in nature, history or geology, or simply want to see breathtaking views, you’ll find plenty to do at Cheddar Gorge & Caves.

Explore the depths of Gough’s Cave with audio guides in English, Mandarin, Polish, German and French telling the fascinating story of its Ice Age creation, Stone Age occupation and Victorian exploration. See the pioneering journey that took mankind from primitive existence to the most successful species on the planet with Dreamhunters, a multimedia experience in Cox’s Cave. Immerse yourself in a cinematic journey of the gorge with Beyond the View or experience it for yourself by climbing the 274 steps of Jacob’s Ladder and following the Cliff-top Walk.

At the Museum of Prehistory you can learn all about the findings from prehistoric past made by archaeologists in the Cheddar caves. This includes the discovery of the oldest, most complete skeleton in 1903, known as Cheddar Man, dating back to the Mesolithic Age over 10,000 years ago.

Rocksport

You may have scaled epic rock faces and explored the depths of the Earth's crust. You may be a complete beginner, and the very thought sends shivers down your spine. Either way, Rocksport at Cheddar gives you the opportunity to step out of the ordinary and achieve something incredible.

From outdoor climbing, on naturally crafted cliff-faces, to taking a leap of faith into the Black Cat Free Fall, to exploring the underground depths of Cheddar's awe-inspiring maze of cave chambers. Rocksport represents exploration, achievement, camaraderie, and above all— fun.

You’re not brave if you’re not scared. This is the Rocksport mantra. Jump in.

Escape Rooms

Want to challenge your brain power? Think you’ve got what it takes to unravel the mysteries, solve the clues and beat the clock? Have a go at beating The Vault and escape from being Caved In with Cheddar Gorge & Cave’s two escape room games.

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Guide Prices

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

Junior Caving:
Single Adult (16 years+) £18.70
Single Child (8 – 15 years) £18.70
Exclusive Group – Adults & Children (up to 10 people) £154.00

Escape Rooms:
The Vault (8+ years) 30 minutes: £14.95 per person
Caved In (8+ years) 60 minutes: £24.95 per person

Map & Directions

Road Directions

SAT NAV: BS27 3QF From: London, South Wales, The North, The Midlands, South West Join M5 Exit J22 Take A38 north for 7 miles and follow brown tourist signs onto A371 then B3135 From Bristol (18 miles): Take A38 then A371 and B3135 OR take A37 then B3135 From Bath (23 miles): Take A39 then B3135 Cheddar Caves are at the bottom (south west) of the Gorge

Public Transport Directions

BY BIKE National Cycle Network Route 3 crosses B3135 at the top of Cheddar Gorge near Priddy. The Strawberry Line cycle path follows the old railway line from Yatton to Cheddar. Cycle routes:  www.sustrans.org.uk Local cycle hire: www.cheddarcyclestore.co.uk BY TRAIN Trains run direct to Bristol (Temple Meads) from: London (Paddington) Leeds Plymouth Edinburgh Sheffield Exeter Glasgow Derby Portsmouth Newcastle-upon-Tyne Birmingham (New Street) Southampton Carlisle Cardiff Take the train from Bristol (Temple Meads) to Weston-super-Mare Take FIRST Bus 126 (Sundays 826) to Cheddar For train times, contact the National Rail Enquiry line on 08457 484950 or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk BY BUS FIRST BUSES From Weston-super-Mare, Axbridge and Wells Mon - Sat: bus no. 126 - hourly Sun: bus no. 826: every 2 hours From Street, Wedmore and Shipham Bus no. 668 Mon - Sat: every 2 hours PARKING INFORMATION We recommend you arrive before 11.00 am especially during the school holidays and on Bank Holidays to ensure you find a space easily.

Facilities

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

Catering

  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Picnic area

Children & Infants

  • Accept Children 3+

Establishment Features

  • 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
  • Shop
  • Tea / Coffee Shop

Key Features

  • 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

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 4+ hours
  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Groups Accepted
  • Min group size - 20
  • Prior Booking Recommended - For School & Group visits and Adventure Caving & Rock climbing sessions
  • 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 Discount

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

* Monday to Sunday 10am-5pm
Open all year except Christmas Day

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Awards

  • Other Awards Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2019

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