Cheddar Gorge & CavesCheddar, Somerset and Bristol
Experience the Wonder of Cheddar Gorge & Caves!
Cheddar Gorge & Caves boasts extraordinary subterranean show caves, awe-inspiring cliffs and holds many fascinating secrets about our prehistoric ancestors.
Our Day Ticket gives access to six great attractions:
Gough’s Cave: Prepare to be amazed by our stunning show cave featuring spectacular stalagmite and stalactite formations created over 500,000 years ago! See cheddar cheese maturing in the caves, view the site where Cheddar Man’s 10,000-year-old skeleton was discovered and learn about the extraordinary DNA discovery. A free audio guide is available in six languages, and there is also a special version for children.
Cox’s Cave featuring Dreamhunters: Walk in the footsteps of your ancestors and watch the story of early man unfold in this spectacular multimedia experience.
Beyond the View: Take a seat in front of our state of the art 270-degree screen. Discover historic tales, enjoy breathtaking aerial panoramic views, and learn about the special wildlife and plants that call the gorge home.
Museum of Pre-History: Discover amazing artefacts unearthed in the Cheddar area that help tell the story of how people lived thousands of years ago.
Jacob’s Ladder & The Lookout Tower: Venture up the 274 steps to the top of the gorge with rest stops along the route to admire the view. Marvel at the panoramic views and mosaic of landscapes across the Mendips and Somerset Levels.
Cliff¬ -Top Walk: Hike the 3-mile loop around the gorge. Look out for the wildlife and enjoy the stunning scenery. If you don’t have time to do the full circuit, you can go for a shorter walk up to the Pulpit Rock look out point, and head back down the ladder.
Forthcoming Events: www.cheddargorge.co.uk/whats-on
We have a fantastic programme of events throughout the year to keep the whole family entertained, including the school holidays.
During October school half-term, (21st-29th October 2023) we have our special event 'The Ghost of Cheddar Man' in Gough's Cave. In celebration of 120 years since the discovery of Cheddar Man we are running a fun skeleton trail through the cave and a celebratory 'Day of the Dead' inspired party. This event is included in the price of the Day Ticket.
This Christmas, join us for a magical experience, deep underground. Running on selected dates from Sat 11th November 2023 through to Christmas Eve. Visit the South-West workshop of Father Christmas' elves as part of your Day Ticket and we have a special Father Christmas Grotto experience where you can met him and the elves for a fun and interactive Christmas experience to get you in the holiday mood (Entry fee applies).
Visit www.cheddargorge.co.uk/whats-on for more information and to book tickets.
Thirst for adventure or a puzzle-solving mind?
Rocksport: Imagine climbing the gorge rockface in the shadow of the 450ft cliffs, caving deep underground or taking part in our exhilarating Blackcat freefall in Gough’s Cave. Suitable for all abilities. Sessions available for adults and children aged 8 years and over.
Escape Rooms: Up for a challenge? Our two Cheddar-themed rooms, Caved In and The Vault will test your brain power as you race against the clock to try to escape. Double the fun with our Ultimate Escape combo ticket at a discounted rate. Suitable for 12 years and over in groups of up to six people.
Nature, wildlife, history, adventure - experience the wonder on an all-season day out in Somerset.
Largest Gorge in England
Iconic showcaves over 500,000 years old!
Discovery of 10,000 year old skeleton of Cheddar Man in Gough's Cave
- Gift Shop
- Changing Rooms
- Onsite Parking
- Accessible Toilets
- Baby Changing
- Food Available
- Dog Friendly
- Monday, 10:00 - 17:00
- Tuesday, 10:00 - 17:00
- Wednesday, 10:00 - 17:00
- Thursday, 10:00 - 17:00
- Friday, 10:00 - 17:00
- Saturday, 10:00 - 17:00
- Sunday, 10:00 - 17:00
Open daily from 10am to 5pm (10am to 6pm at weekends in the summer holidays) (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day with selected close dates during the winter months). Last entry into all Cheddar Gorge & Cave attractions is 4.30pm (5.30pm at weekends in the summer holidays).
Pricing & Tickets
- Babies and Toddlers (no_min-4) : Free
For pricing, please visit our website www.cheddargorge.co.uk
Book in advance for cheapest tickets
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Plan Your Visit
Typical visit time 4 - 5 hours
Suitable for Kids and Adults too
Yes there is parking.
£6 per day
£4 from 3pm-9pm
Tickets are purchased from the designated parking meters or our ticket offices. The funds raised via these parking costs contribute to the conservation of the gorge.