Cheddar Gorge & Caves
Cheddar Gorge & Caves
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Visit the spectacular Cheddar Gorge and Caves; an enchanting and adventurous day out for the whole family! Cheddar Gorge is not only one of Britain's most spectacular natural landmarks, but also in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The Gorge boasts awe-inspiring cliffs and extraordinary subterranean stalactite show caves, plus it holds many fascinating secrets about our prehistoric ancestors. What are you waiting for? Nature, wildlife, history, adventure - experience the wonder of it all on a perfect all-season day out in Somerset.
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  • Butterfly75
    Birmingham, United Kingdom327 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rainy but lovely
    Have not visited Cheddar for about 20 years. Despite heavy rain we had a lovely day, parking no problem. Tour was interesting and the whole village was lovely. Had lunch in cafe and some afternoon tea in a little coffee shop which was easily walked off going up Jacob’s ladder! Would like to visit when weather is better
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Georgia M
    Lincoln, United Kingdom483 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good if you’re passing through!
    We stopped here on our way to Cornwall from Lincoln for the dogs to stretch their legs. The gorge itself is a great sight! We parked up at the bottom within the gorge which was quite busy and there’s little pathways so be careful if you’re walking around at the bottom. The information centre is located at the start of the gorge in the village. You can pay to access the top via the caves/jacobs ladder or if you fancy a bit of a “scramble” like us, you can access for free— follow the buildings round on the other side of the road and there’s a public footpath nestled in there. It’s a fairly short/medium walk to the top where you can admire the views and the cars which look so little passing by on the road below!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 July 2023
  • RosRDG
    Reading, United Kingdom24 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Expensive
    Lovely place to visit however having to pay one ticket price for all the attractions is a put off. Anyone not able to go in the caves or enjoy the cliff top walk could end up paying a hefty price to go into a small museum. Things ought to be individually paid for. Goughs cave was great. Well lit and very interesting. The childrens audio does have a couple of errors but the adults where fine. Could spend as much time in there as you like. The museum was interesting with some real artefacts. We also enjoyed the fire lighting demonstration other than that it was a self led visit. On to cox cave, scary for some children after the workers build up of suspense. Dimly lit some tight areas but very very loud audio. Some areas resulted in bottle necks where groups before didn’t go around quick enough. Ended pretty abruptly. Jacobs ladder was fine to walk up with a few passing places for you to rest. The view at the top was nothing special a load of trees. The lookout also just houses and fields. However the cliff top walk was beautiful it did take 3 hours but this was at a leisurely pace. Would have preferred this to have been a 2 days ticket where we did the caves and museum one day and then jacobs ladder, cliff top walk and walk around the village another as at the end kids were getting bored. Not somewhere I’d rush back to beings we did it all and it’s very expensive in my opinion. Parking was really reasonable at £6 for the day. Oh and the public toilets opposite jacobs ladder are horrific. Didn’t look like they’d been cleaned all day.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Amy
    West Sussex, United Kingdom31 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun day out!
    I’ll start with why I rated the gorges a 4 instead of a 5. The smaller of the two caves you visit (Coxs cave) have a projection video tour all the way through. The cave it’s self is beautiful but some of the beauty is missed making sure you walk to mats at the correct time to watch continuous 5 minute clips the entire way through the cave. It also becomes very cramped when some guests don’t follow the rules and try to skip ahead as the chambers are naturally small. Once in there isn’t an easy way to leave so you’re sort of stuck following the crowd. Personal preference but at large part of knocking of a star. The other part is that the tickets are very pricey if you’re not able to do all of the things included in the ticket. The tickets are great value if everything is accessible to you but unfortunately with a disabled child jacobs ladder, the look out tour and the walk weren’t something we were able to do- although there wasn’t an option to buy a ticket not including them. I’m sure lots of people find them selfs in the same boat. On to the good stuff. Goughs cage is truly beautiful. It’s absolutely stunning and majestic to wander around and feels like you’re in a different world. The audio tour is fantastic, it’s so informative and I loved how you got the right information at the right points. It was great. Adults and kids a like really enjoyed it. The museum was an absolute little gem, full of history and explanations about it. A firm favourite of the day was a man in full dress up doing a talk in the museum on cave paintings and how paint was made. He was fantastic! Truly interactive, full of amazing information, fantastic acting to make it really immersive. My son (9) really enjoyed it and actually got involved. He’s autistic and struggles with social situations so that was honestly amazing. It was a great and informative talk. The gift shop was really reasonably priced for an attraction gift shop and had lots of choice for all ages. The cave aged cheese is also fantastic and a must try. The village of cheddar it’s self is stunning to amble though and enjoy the rest of your day. You don’t need tickets to visit cheddar whilst your there but it’s deffo worth doing.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 August 2023
  • shan
    Kent, United Kingdom48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Experience!
    We visited Cheddar Gorge & Caves this past month. It was a great day out even though the weather was not great. We visited Cox's Cave and it was brilliant. A fantastic historic point, great story telling and stunning views.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 6 August 2023
  • alucken
    London, United Kingdom47 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out
    Travelled with partner, 8 year old son and 80 year old mum. We had a great day but just a little heads up on Cox’s cave the Dreamhunter experience. My son is autistic and is very fearful of some things. The cave is narrow and has very dark lighting. As you go through each chamber, a story is told and moving images are shown on the rocks, this really scared my son. We didn’t know it was going to be like this (should have done some more research). Gough Cave was brilliant and my son was fine with this and the children’s audio was great. We also visited Wookey Hole earlier in the week and if you could only visit one and you have a child like mine, then Wookey Hole may be the better option.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Phillmonk
    Thrapston, United Kingdom169 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice day out but don’t pay for Jacob’s Ladder.
    A nice day out looking at the natural features. However I would not recommend paying for the experience of Jacob’s Ladder. Instead park at the main car park in the middle of the village (next to The Riverside Inn) and walk up ‘The Lippiat’ and then ‘Lynch lane’ - you end up back at the lookout tower, there you can descend for free! The shops are all nice and quaint but some are very expensive for what they sell. If you can drive through the gorge and park at the far end in one of the free lay-by spaces to take in some nice scenery.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 August 2023
  • MerseysideTinkerbell
    Merseyside, United Kingdom4,981 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tesco voucher trip. Enjoyed the gorge and caves and bought some cheese too
    We came here and used Tesco vouchers for entry. We enjoyed being able to drive through the gorge when it was quiet as we arrived before the caves were open so were able to stop in the gorge to park to take photos. We did visit in late August 2022 and I thought I had done this review but couldnt find it. The caves and history of the caves were brilliant.
    Visited September 2022
    Written 11 August 2023
  • Daniel B
    Coventry, United Kingdom10 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Boy racers love it here...
    Beautiful setting, we took a break back from our trip to cornwall. Parking was very busy we had to park near the top of the gorge. Wouldn't have minded but so many boy racers going through the gorge was just dangerous when walking around blind corners. The caves were pretty expensive. I did find someone had placed a rock under my front tyre so beware of morons about.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 August 2023
  • Derbyland
    78 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    Amazing caves in a picturesque village. The road up the gorge in pretty but many parked cars up and down the sides of the roads. The actually gorge and caves and views from the top are amazing. Personally I feel it’s overpriced but still worth it once
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 August 2023
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David
254 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Myself and some friends went camping in the Cheddar Gorge area we went on Easter Monday and stayed for just two nights. I have never been camping before so it was a first and I must say the time spent here was just magnificent. The views of the area, the animals, the tranquility, the stars... were simply mesmerising. I haven't seen views like I did here, in yearsss. The caves itself were closed, as we went during lockdown so there wasn't much to do, but we did set up tents, campfires, explored other areas etc not too far from the Gorge and town area. Ultimately, we just kind of winged it.

But just being away in the wild/woods, away from city noise, distractions, constant indulging and getting to be one with God's creation was truly therapeutic. I would highly recommend visiting here even if you're just visiting for a few hours or the day. The cliffs, the views and the landscape are worth it.
Written 12 April 2021
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N D
Lincolnshire, UK1,417 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
We parked in the car park at the side of the road. It was £5.20 for the day; I recommend you download the JustPark app before you set off.
Jacob’s Ladder was £5 per person which is a lot to climb a set of stairs to a site which is free (there are other routes up to the gorge for free). The viewing tower at the top is closed as are all the caves.
Once at the top, there is still a steep walk to reach the peak of the gorge. I recommend good shoes. The views are good.
The walk along the top is about 3 miles and brings you down onto a busy road to walk back into the town. It’s about 2 miles to walk back with no path. I wouldn’t want to do it with children.
Enjoyable, but not amazing.
Written 10 August 2020
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M Missy
Manchester, UK47 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2020 • Friends
The scenery and magnificence of the gorge is just breathtaking.
We went post lockdown and many of the carparks along the gorge were empty which was a bonus allowing plenty of stops for kodak moments.
The Caves and Jacobs Ladder were closed but plenty of people were jumping the turn-style to climb Jacobs Ladder, personally I didn’t fancy climbing 200+ steps so I sat that one out.
The shops were a bit cheesy - pardon the pun, but when in Cheddar you have to buy Cheddar.
Would recommend going early morning or late afternoon to avoid crowds.
Written 26 July 2020
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Jane B
Birmingham, UK64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
A ticket for the caves in Cheddar Gorge gives access to a number of attractions. Gough's Cave is the must see! This extensive and impressive series of caves is well lit and fairly easily accessible to all in sensible footwear (however be warned that some areas are only accessible via stairs). It is self guided with a provided audio tour available in a variety of languages. I'd say that the average time to go around the caves would be about 45 minutes. We loved it!
You also get access to the 'themed' Dream Hunters multi-media experience in Cox's Cave. This shows the life of early man via sound and videos projected on to the walls of the cave. This is a smaller series of caves and is a little tighter to get around, but is still accessible to most. It takes about 25 minutes to go around this.
Jacob's Ladder is a climb of about 275 steep stairs. Good for the energetic that like a view! Beyond the View is a video history of the Gorge. Far less energetic but worth a look if you need a breather! Access to this is via the gift shop. There is also a Museum of Prehistory which is small but quite interesting - beware the cave bear!
Altogether, for one ticket, this is a diverse and varied set of experiences that both kids and adults can enjoy.
Written 25 February 2020
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LAURA E
Shefford, UK177 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
We visited on a Friday of the May Bank Holiday weekend suspecting it could be busy. As you would expect, the area is touristy with cheese,cider,fudge and souvenir shops.

When we arrived, it wasn’t very clear where to park so we travelled through the twisty roads of the gorge then came back on ourselves and parked opposite the main ticket entrance. We paid for parking online, it was difficult to know how long to park for but when you book you automatically pay for a whole day for £5 so you don’t have to worry. I’m not sure if this would be the same in peak season?

Payment for all attractions is £20. There didn’t seem to be any discounts. We walked up to the main cave, Goughs cave and used the audio guide. It takes about 40 minutes and it was interesting. We watched Beyond a view in the shop (we found it a bit annoying there is no countdown so you don’t know when the next viewing is). Then walked across the road to the museum which took about 10 minutes (you could spend longer). We had lunch in one of the cafes. Unfortunately the light/sound experience in Coxs cave wasn’t working so it only took us about 10 mins to walk through the cave then out to Jacob’s Ladder. We walked up the steps then went to the lookout tower but you could give this a miss. We started to walk the trail at the top but there didn’t seem to be much to see so headed back.

The whole experience including stopping for lunch took us 2 hours. If Coxs cave is running then you would probably need another half an hour and maybe do this cave first if there are no crowds. If you wanted to do the trail you would need another 90 minutes.
Written 1 May 2022
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Susan T
World1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Terrible. Paid £97 for 2 adults and 3 primary school children. Then on arrival a further £6 to park. When we got to the ticket office the main cave was closed due to flooding - that’s ok these things happen when it’s been the wettest March in 40 years a discount was offered which took us down to £65 I was thinking this seemed like a lot was determined to make the best of it… It was just all a bit rubbish. Lots of people walking around confused as to how they had managed to spend £££ on a walk through a village. Cox’s cave could have saved the day the day however all the videos kept tripping because groups behind us kept wandering through and restarting them all. When I tried to explain to a staff member that this was disappointing she shrugged and said there was nothing they could do.
Written 1 April 2023
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Emma N
Brierley Hill, UK19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
Although the caves are closed due to COVID-19 this place was wonderful to visit. Beautiful place a
We walked up Jacob ladders. Not for the faint hearted but once at the top its worth the view.
We did go in to the museum. Small but intresting

Tickets at present for Jacobs ladders and museum access
Adults £5.50
Children £4.00
Written 29 October 2020
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DERRICK S
Lowestoft, UK5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022 • Friends
Lovely place to visit however having to pay one ticket price for all the attractions is a put off. Anyone not able to go in the caves or enjoy the cliff top walk could end up paying a hefty price to go into a small museum. Things ought to be individually paid for so as not to preclude people who for whatever reason can’t access all the attractions
Written 28 July 2022
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Julie A
Maidstone, UK147 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Parking a bit of a nightmare, we were there early so plenty of spaces, but you had to pay at the caves ticket office, which was yet to open. The first office were then unable to take payment due to an IT issue, so eventually paid at Gogh's cave. Gogh's cave was incredible - the audio guide was really useful, and the sights were just breathtaking. After that, Cox's cave was a real let-down; I can see that they have tried to create a more interactive experience for the kids, but it wasn't well done unfortunately, and lots of it was unclear. The museum was interesting, with workshops for the children, and Jacob's ladder was quite an experience! Our main gripe with Cheddar was the shops and cafes - we booked the first time slot for the caves, but still found it difficult to fit in everything before things started to close. We did all of the attractions first, to leave time for a nice late lunch and a walk around the shops. We went to a cafe at 3, to find that they had stopped serving food at 2.30! Some of the shops closed early, including the tourist information office, which was incredible considering that this was peak season! Many of the shops were disappointing as well; was expecting some quirky, one of a kind type shops, but most had items typically found in many seaside shops, but more expensive. The gorge itself is beautiful, and Gogh's cave is incredible, so it is worth going just for these.
Written 20 August 2022
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Work2TravelUk
UK115 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We were first into Goughs cave at 10am, beautiful start with a good audio guide, St Pauls and the Diamond caves very impressive. This cave is worth the entry price (can use Tesco vouchers 😉) plus you get lots of other attractions too. Jacobs Ladder is manageable for most, lots of stop points and great views from the lookout tower. Gorge walk is tough, rough path and VERY slippery when wet...but well worth it, allow enough time if you're up for the challenge. Out of season quite a lot of shops are shut completely or close at 4. Ticket lasts a year so if you're on holiday don't worry about doing it all in a day 😀And ALL dog friendly, thank you Cheddar 🐾
Written 11 March 2020
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