Cheddar Gorge and Caves


Cheddar, Somerset

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Visit Cheddar Gorge & Caves with the whole family, including your dog who’s welcomed in all seven indoor and outdoor attractions. Discover Gough’s Cave with its historical importance and geological formation. Marvel at Beyond the View: a cinematic journey through the gorge. Learn about our ancestors in the Museum of Prehistory and Dreamhunters at Cox’s Cave: a multimedia. Wander up Jacob’s Ladder to the Lookout Tower and explore the Cliff-top Walk for panoramic views over the Mendip Hills.

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Cheddar Gorge and Caves
The Cliffs, CHEDDAR, Somerset, BS27 3QF


About the area

Discover Somerset

Somerset means ‘summer pastures’ – appropriate given that so much of this county remains rural and unspoiled. Ever popular areas to visit are the limestone and red sandstone Mendip Hills rising to over 1,000 feet, and by complete contrast, to the south and southwest, the flat landscape of the Somerset Levels. Descend to the Somerset Levels, an evocative lowland landscape that was the setting for the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685. In the depths of winter this is a desolate place and famously prone to extensive flooding. There is also a palpable sense of the distant past among these fields and scattered communities. It is claimed that Alfred the Great retreated here after his defeat by the Danes.

Away from the flat country are the Quantocks, once the haunt of poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. The Quantocks are noted for their gentle slopes, heather-covered moorland expanses and red deer. From the summit, the Bristol Channel is visible where it meets the Severn Estuary. So much of this hilly landscape has a timeless quality about it and large areas have hardly changed since Coleridge and Wordsworth’s day.

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