Cheddar Gorge is one of the UK’s most iconic natural landmarks, and the caves that hide beneath it are just as fascinating as what’s above the ground. The gorge is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in its own right, and the cliffs that loom high above the winding road between them stretch more than 450ft high.
Aside from being stunning to stand inside and marvel, the gorge is an important geological area, a historical landscape and one of the most popular places for caving and climbing in the country – so there really is something for everyone. The Gorge open bus tour is always a god way to start your visit, as not only will you wind your way far below the incredible cliffs but you’ll also be brought up to speed on the area’s history and fascinating facts before you explore the caves.
Let’s start with Gough’s Cave. This is by far the most stunning stalactite cavern in Britain, and the audio guides tells the story of the famous Cheddar man who once called this gloomy cave home. Cox’s Cave is a colourful crystalline grotto that twinkles and sparkles as fountains dance and music creates a magical atmosphere.
For those of you who want to learn more about the life of the Cheddar man and his relatives visit the Cheddar Man Museum of Prehistory. Find out how those who lived before us survived the Ice Ages and enjoy activities for the little ones such as cave painting. Cheddar Gorge is a unique family day out, so make sure you leave plenty of time to enjoy this natural wonder. Dogs are welcome in Cheddar Gorge, the museum and throughout the caves.