Cheddar Gorge & Caves, Somerset, is a great all-weather destination with plenty for families of all ages to do both above and below ground!
Cheddar, Somerset, BS27 3QF
Tel: 01934 742343
Gardens and Open Spaces, Historical Sites, Indoor Activities, Outdoor Activities, Trips and Transport
Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s
(based on family of 4; prices vary - please see the website for details)
A visit to Cheddar Gorge in Somerset will be an unforgettable experience for anyone with a sense of adventure. This world-famous attraction delivers an all-weather destination with plenty to do both above and below ground all year round. Britain’s biggest gorge, the site offers cliffs that rise 450ft and then, underground, stalactite caves, all set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
A ride on the open-top double-decker bus (weather permitting, and not available during winter) gives you a bird’s-eye view of the dramatic gorge with a commentary filled with fascinating facts. If you are feeling energetic, a climb up the 274 steps of Jacob’s Ladder and to the base of the Lookout Tower and then 48 more to the top will reward you with amazing 360-degree views across Somerset. There is a two-mile walk at the top and on a lovely day it’s well worth taking a picnic and quite likely you’ll spot some of the herd of British Primitive goats.
Underground there are two breathtaking caves with audio guides giving an insight into the story of their creation in the Ice Age and since. Gough’s cave is a beautiful stalactite cavern with Cheddar Man, Britain’s oldest skeleton, while Cox’s cave has wonderful calcite sculptures and mirror pools, with a quite different feel. Allow time for 30-minute multimedia experience Dreamhunters: The Adventures of Early Man in Cox’s Cave – a great way to bring prehistory to life for kids.
Don’t miss the Museum of Prehistory where hunter-gatherer re-enactors put on demonstrations of fire making and flint knapping.
The Gorge is also home to Rocksport and Escape Rooms. Rocksport offers rock climbing, adventure caving and Black Cat Free Fall (age/height limits apply to all activities). Alternatively, try out one of the Escape Rooms at Cheddar. Work as a team and see if you can crack the code to escape from the locked room (suitable for ages 12 years and over; all under 16s must be accompanied by an adult).
Please see Cheddar Gorge’s website for full details of everything on offer and any events that run during the year. Extra charges apply for Rocksport and Escape Rooms.