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“Hidden depths of sleepy Banwell” 5 of 5 stars
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Banwell Caves
Bridewell Lane, Banwell, England
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Ranked #2 of 2 attractions in Banwell
Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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“Hidden depths of sleepy Banwell”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

If you are driving through Banwell you only have to blink and you miss it! I'd vaguely heard that this tiny village has its own caves but got to see them for myself on Sunday during their Open Weekend.
The bone cave is filled with bones, thankfully of an animal origin, which were washed in after the Ice Age. They blend into the rockface and aren't at all creepy. Visitors ranged in age from around five to eighty and were all equally interested.
The tower has steep stairs but is worth the modest climb for the incredible view. Dogs aren't allowed in the tower but the helpful guide looked after a beautiful young Labrador whilst his owner made the climb.
There's also a little house made out of pebbles and a seat carved into the rock. A great way to get some fresh air and exercise!
The Open Weekends are free (donation only) but I think they charge for parties who book independently. I'd happily have paid a tenner or so to keep these historic places maintained.

Visited September 2013
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“Great way to spend a few hours and wonderful views!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Banwell Caves is a great find and is much more than just a cave. It's only open a few days a year, but you can pre-arrange visits by speaking to the Heritage Group - more details on the website.

We just visited on the May bank holiday weekend and were treated to great weather. As well as Banwell Bone cave, there are numerous follies to visit. My favourite was Banwell Tower from which the views are magnificent. I'm not much into history, but I found it fascinating - probably because we live just down the road.

When you've finished having a look around, which probably takes about 2 hours, then you are treated to a lovely area where you can get lunch, tea, coffee or a cream tea (I can recommend the cream teas - yum!). In this area there is also lots of information about the caves and a the opportunity to watch a film about Banwell Caves.

During the day there were many members of the Heritage Group on hand to answer any questions and there were also some craftsmen there demonstrating their crafts.

The best thing - the open days are free! All they ask is for a donation to be spent on the renovations. You pay for the refreshments as well.

There is only 1 toilet on site for both men and women. Dogs and children are welcome, although dogs are asked to be on a lead and kept away from the refreshment area. It's not buggy friendly though - too many steps, so if you have a small child, I would recommend a baby carrier.

If you're visiting the area and would like a pre-arranged tour, then please do visit the website - they rely on these tours throughout the year to raise funds.

Visited May 2013
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