Cheddar Caves and Gorge

Cheddar Caves and Gorge, famous for being the birthplace of Britain’s favourite cheese, is a magnificent natural attraction nestled deep in Somerset. My family visted it for the day, however there is so much to see and do that you cannot do it all in just one day!

Your ticket gives you entry to all the attractions in and around the Gorge and includes Gough's Cave, Cheddar Man & the Cannibals, Cox's Cave, The Crystal Quest, Jacob's Ladder, Pavey's Lookout Tower, The Clifftop Gorge Walk and The Open-Top Bus Gorge Tour.

First we took the open top bus tour. This guided tour gives you the chance to see all around the gorge and to appreciate the monumental rock formations. They are quite stunning, and for the children their first ever trip on an open top bus was a real highlight of the day.

Next we visited Gough’s Cave, the main cave in Cheddar. Now the caves are cold (it was a warm day when we visited) and wet. They are quite slippery underfoot and not suitable for a pushchair. However they are exciting and you can listen to the story of the caves as you walk around.

We also visited The Crystal Quest. This is a walk through exhibit which concludes with a story which includes smoke and flashing lights. I have to admit that my four-year old was absolutely terrified and ran out in tears, however all the other children visiting seemed perfectly happy, so maybe it’s just one to avoid if your child is more sensitive than most.

We felt that the kids were a bit young to manage the 3 mile Cliff Top Gorge Walk, and Climbing Jacob’s Ladder with a pushchair would have been a tall order too! We did however find time to buy some genuine Cheddar Cheese, of course.

Cheddar Caves & Gorge, Cheddar, Somerset, BS27 3QF

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About The Author: Jacqui O'Brien is the editor of eParenting.

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