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Cheddar Caves - Somerset, England

Cheddar Caves - Somerset, England

Visit Britain’s biggest gorge, take in the dramatic cliffs rising up 450ft and explore the stunning stalactite caverns below.

Created by Ice age melt-waters over millions of years, this world famous beauty spot is not only a National Nature Reserve but also a premier site of British prehistory. Once an ancient riverbed, its limestone cliffs and beautiful caves are now home to rare bats, dormice, water voles and Peregrine falcons.

There are seven great attractions to explore, including the spectacular Gough’s Cave which was discovered by Richard Gough in 1890 and was once home to our Stone Age ancestors some 40,000 years ago. In 1903 the skeletal remains of ‘Cheddar Man’ was unearthed and today the story of how our ancestors survived is brought to life in the Museum of Prehistory.

Journey through the gorge to experience Cox’s Cave and the Crystal Quest, the 274 steps to the Lookout Tower and the magnificent views from the Cliff-top Gorge Walk.

If you’re looking for something X-treme – why not check out Cheddar Gorge’s caving and rock climbing activity centre?

Stop off for a light lunch or coffee and a cake at Cheddar Gorge’s new Costa Coffee.

Whether you are interested in nature, history or geology you’ll have a great day out in a beautiful setting!

Opening Times

Cheddar Gorge & Caves are open EVERY DAY except Christmas Eve & Christmas Day. Easter, May and Whitsun School Holidays: 10.00 am – 5.30 pm

July and August:  10.00 am – 5.30 pm
Rest of year:  10.30 am – 5.00 pm

Last admission to the caves, museum and tour bus is 30 minutes before the listed closing time. Please check our website for more info

Contact details


Telephone: 01934 742343


Cheddar Caves & Gorge
BS27 3QF


  • Dogs on lead
  • Open All Year
  • Nature Trail
  • Car Parking
  • Toilets
  • Tea Room
  • Shop
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Guided Tours
  • Audio Tours