Cheddar Gorge & Caves
Visit Cheddar Gorge and you will discover one of Britain’s most spectacular natural landmarks. Marvel at Britain’s highest, inland limestone cliffs and explore the stunning stalactite show caves below. Learn more about our prehistoric ancestors, take a stroll along the clifftop or scale the rockface for a more extreme adventure. Whether you are interested in nature, history or geology, or simply want to see breathtaking views you’ll find plenty to do at Cheddar Gorge & Caves.
Explore the depths of Gough’s Cave with audio guides telling the fascinating story of its Ice Age creation, Stone Age occupation and Victorian exploration. See the pioneering journey that took mankind from primitive existence to the most successful species on the planet with Dreamhunters, a multimedia experience in Cox’s Cave. Immerse yourself in a cinematic journey of the gorge with Beyond the View or experience it for yourself by climbing Jacob’s Ladder and following the cliff-top walk.
At the Museum of Prehistory you can learn all about the findings from prehistoric past made by archaeologists in the Cheddar caves, this includes the discovery of the oldest, complete skeleton in 1903, known as ‘Cheddar Man’, dating back to the Mesolithic Age over 9,000 years ago.
Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation, Cheddar Gorge is rich in rare and endemic flora such as the Cheddar whitebeam and Cheddar pink and provides a haven for wildlife, such as the greater and lesser horseshoe bats.
Cheddar Gorge & Caves is perfect for those seeking adventure. There are a range of rocksport activities available, suitable for all abilities. If you are a thrill seeker try the Black Cat Free Fall activity where you climb a 30ft ladder in Gough’s cage before jumping into the abyss. For a physical challenge join an experienced instructor on one of seven ascent routes up the face of the gorge.