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The National Showcaves Centre for Wales

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Address: Dan-Yr-Ogof Showcaves Brecon Road | Near Swansea/Brecon, Pen-y-cae SA9 1GJ, Wales
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+44 1639 730284
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Voted Britain’s Finest Natural Wonder, and the winner of all major...

Voted Britain’s Finest Natural Wonder, and the winner of all major environmental and tourism awards.There are three exceptional caves to experience - Dan-yr-Ogof, Cathedral Cave and Bone Cave. Each cave offers a unique underground adventure. In Dan-yr-Ogof you walk through beautifully decorated passageways for just under 1 kilometre; in Cathedral Cave you walk through enormous caverns, carved out millions of years ago. At the end of this cave you will walk behind 40 feet high waterfalls that cascade around you in the ‘Dome of St Paul’s’, an exceptional end to a truly breathtaking cave. In Bone Cave learn why 42 human skeletons are buried there, and why our ancestors used caves all those years ago.On site we also have one of the world’s largest collections of life-sized dinosaur models. Ranging from the ever popular Tyrannosaurus Rex and Brachiosaurs, to the lesser-known Tsintaosaurus. There are over 220 models to see – you are bound to find your favourite dinosaur! The Shire Horse Centre offers the excitement of two indoor children’s play areas. We also have the farm experience. Why not make friends with the gentle giants – our Shire horses are waiting to say hello. Include the Iron Age village, museum, stone circles, and you have plenty to see and do for all ages. As we are situated in a National Park, you might like to consider staying on our Caravan/Tenting site for your visit to the caves?For those who may want a break, there is our Coffee shop, and finally the Rock and Dinosaur shop to enjoy.

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Great caves!

Not that expensive at £14 an adult, a very steep walk up to 2 of the caves, struggle for young children and older people. The caves were fantastic though! Loved it!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Marie_Allen22
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Not that expensive at £14 an adult, a very steep walk up to 2 of the caves, struggle for young children and older people. The caves were fantastic though! Loved it!

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Dan O, Manager at The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, responded to this review

Hello Marie. Thank you for your recent visit, and for taking the time to leave your review. I am very pleased you thought our three Showcaves were, “fantastic,” and that the whole experience was value for money. We are located on the side of a mountain within the Brecon Beacons National Park, thus requiring our visitors to negotiate numerous steps,... More 

Swansea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing place. The caves are just spectacular. The place overall is just brilliant, and a 'must see' place if in the area!

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Dan O, Manager at The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave this five-star review, and for your lovely comments! Dan Owen. More 

Swansea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have visited the showcaves before but this was the first time at Christmas. Me and my wife took our 3 children to see Santa and we were amazed from the get go. The caves were decorated throughout and Santa and his elves were very friendly. Even the presents off Santa were very good quality. We made our way around... More 

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Dan O, Manager at The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, responded to this review

Hello Dan. Thank you for visiting us at Christmas time, and for leaving this five-star review; we really appreciate it! I’m delighted to read you and your family had such a fun time in Santa’s grotto, and that the little ones enjoyed their presents. We look forward to welcoming you all for a return visit in the near future! Dan... More 

Swansea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Dan-yr-ogof on Christmas Eve, my husband, myself and our two year old daughter. We have visited the caves previously and found it to be a fantastic family attraction but this was our first time to see santa here. Our daughter absolutely loved the trail to find santa and was given a beautiful present from him, it was so... More 

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Dan O, Manager at The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, responded to this review

Thank you, Bethan, for taking the time to leave this five-star review following your recent visit to our underground Christmas grotto. I’m delighted to read you and your family had such an enjoyable day out with us, and that your little girl enjoyed her gift from Santa. We can’t wait to welcome you again this Christmas Eve for your new... More 

Mumbles, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

My Fiancé took me here back in August 2015 on our 1st date.. we enjoyed everything it had to offer..

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Dan O, Manager at The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, responded to this review

Hello Clare. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review following your visit in summer ’15, and for the five-star rating! Hopefully we can welcome you and your fiancé for a return visit in the near future. Dan Owen. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

We visited the caves today to see Father Christmas following our visit last year. It is such an amazing experience for adults as well as the children. We took our four grandchildren ages 5, 5, 6 and 6. After seeing Father Christmas we had hot chocolate and mince pies in the cafe where the staff were great. We then went... More 

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Dan O, Manager at The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, responded to this review

Hello Joyce. Thank you for visiting us once again this Christmas, and for taking the time to leave your five-star review! I’m delighted you and your four grandchildren had an amazing experience visiting Santa in his underground grotto; it truly is one of the most magical grottos found anywhere in the U.K. I will pass your very kind words on... More 

Neath, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

Visited the showcaves today to see Santa, wow what a fantastic experience everything about it was fantastic we took my 2year old nephew and he loved. Highly recommend to anybody of any age to visit.

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Dan O, Manager at The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us this Christmas, and for taking the time to leave this five-star review! I’m delighted you had a fantastic experience with us, and we hope to welcome you some time in 2017! Dan Owen. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

Took our son to see Santa, not having been before we didn't know what to expect. On booking thought it was a bit pricey £14 per adult and £10 per child but as our son had said "I am getting a bit old to see Santa but would like to see him maybe for the last time" , we wanted... More 

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Dan O, Manager at The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us this Christmas, and for taking the time to leave a five-star review! I’m delighted you all had such an enjoyable time visiting Santa in his magical underground grotto, and that your son smiled the whole way through the Showcave. We are very lucky that the real Father Christmas visits us every year, and he loves... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

Absolutely magical journey to find Santa. My two year old loved it (and so did I!). Staff were polite and friendly. I found the whole experience very organised with small groups going into the caves at specific times. The Santa himself was great- did not rush us and came to speak to my son who was wary of him- allowing... More 

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Dan O, Manager at The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us last December, and for taking the time to leave your five-star review; we really appreciate the feedback we receive from our visitors! I’m delighted you and your child loved the whole experience, and that the big man in red was able to spend some quality time with you. I will pass your very kind words... More 

Swansea, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

Visited today with family especially wanting to see the reaction of my grandson - We were in no way disappointed m he w\s oberwhelmed by the magical decor within the caves The whole experience was fantastic. the staff were very helpful, situated at significant points to direct to important areas around the centre. They were all very polite, friendly and... More 

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Dan O, Manager at The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, responded to this review

Hi Gareth. Thank you for visiting us last December, and for taking the time to leave this five-star review; we really appreciate the feedback, as well as your recommendation to others! I’m delighted your grandson was overwhelmed by the whole experience, and that our grotto was, “the best you’ve ever seen.” I will pass your very kind words on to... More 

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