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The National Showcaves Centre for Wales

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Address: Dan-Yr-Ogof Showcaves Brecon Road | Near Swansea/Brecon, Pen-y-cae SA9 1GJ, Wales
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Voted Britain’s Finest Natural Wonder, and the winner of all major...

Voted Britain’s Finest Natural Wonder, and the winner of all major environmental and tourism awards.There are three exceptional caves to experience - Dan-yr-Ogof, Cathedral Cave and Bone Cave. Each cave offers a unique underground adventure. In Dan-yr-Ogof you walk through beautifully decorated passageways for just under 1 kilometre; in Cathedral Cave you walk through enormous caverns, carved out millions of years ago. At the end of this cave you will walk behind 40 feet high waterfalls that cascade around you in the ‘Dome of St Paul’s’, an exceptional end to a truly breathtaking cave. In Bone Cave learn why 42 human skeletons are buried there, and why our ancestors used caves all those years ago.On site we also have one of the world’s largest collections of life-sized dinosaur models. Ranging from the ever popular Tyrannosaurus Rex and Brachiosaurs, to the lesser-known Tsintaosaurus. There are over 220 models to see – you are bound to find your favourite dinosaur! The Shire Horse Centre offers the excitement of two indoor children’s play areas. We also have the farm experience. Why not make friends with the gentle giants – our Shire horses are waiting to say hello. Include the Iron Age village, museum, stone circles, and you have plenty to see and do for all ages. As we are situated in a National Park, you might like to consider staying on our Caravan/Tenting site for your visit to the caves?For those who may want a break, there is our Coffee shop, and finally the Rock and Dinosaur shop to enjoy.

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The caves are stunning and so vast. We even took our dog with us . It takes awhile to walk around and there are surprises at every turn. For children there is also the dinasaur... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The caves are stunning and so vast. We even took our dog with us . It takes awhile to walk around and there are surprises at every turn. For children there is also the dinasaur park and the animal centre. It really is a good day out.

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Dan O, Manager at The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, responded to this review

Thanks, Sandra, for your recent visit, and for taking the time to leave this review! I’m delighted you had a really good day out with us, and that you thought our three caves were stunning. We do indeed welcome dogs; all we ask is that they remain on a short lead at all times, and that their owners bring along... More 

Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has everything! A massive underwater cave system (you can even get married in one of them) completely safe but very exciting. Be prepared for as lot of walking, much of it uphill, but as long as you take your time. £14 per person but worth every penny.. It's set within a dinosaur park, the models are huge, some... More 

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Dan O, Manager at The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent visit to The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, and for taking the time to leave this five-star review. We believe our attraction offers something to visitors of all ages, and that our admission fee offers excellent value, so I’m delighted that you agree! Visitors must negotiate numerous steep steps and hills within our complex, both... More 

Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Got taken here for a birthday day out, being a dinosaur nut and geographer and had a lovely day. There are three caves to explore whilst being surrounded by dinosaurs! Without spoiling to much the caves are clean, safe and with surprises in each one. The dinosaurs are a cool addition - all in all a great day out. Entry... More 

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Dan O, Manager at The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, responded to this review

Thank you, Dan, for taking the time to leave this five-star review following your recent visit; we really appreciate it! I’m delighted you had a fun and informative day out with us, and that you found the entry fee to be good value for money. Happy Birthday from us all! Dan Owen. More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A beautiful place to visit. A few free attractions available outside. Admission is well worth it. The caves are really beautiful. The waterfall and chapel inside are very attractive also. Very educational also. Good for the whole family.

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Dan O, Manager at The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent visit, and for this five-star review! I’m delighted you had a fun, interesting, and educational day out with us, and that you thought the cost of admission was excellent value! Hopefully we can welcome you for a return visit in the very near future. Dan Owen. More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited the Park and Showcaves on a bright and sunny day and had a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The caves complex was absorbing and so well laid out with an accompanying commentary that made things even more interesting. As for the prehistoric animals ...unbelievable ...and don't miss the Farm. A real surprise in store for all ages and well worth a... More 

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Dan O, Manager at The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, responded to this review

Thank you, John, for taking the time to leave this five-star review; we really appreciate the feedback we receive from our visitors! I’m pleased you had a thoroughly enjoyable day visiting our Showcave, dinosaur, and farmyard attractions. We believe The National Showcaves Centre for Wales offers something to visitors of all ages, so I’m glad you agree! We hope to... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From our first contact to our last we were treated with respect and humour. What a beautiful well laid out site. Pick your site and I will find you said James when I telephoned to book. The sites to take our pick of were all laid out hardstanding, screened by trees and bushes, each with electricity and water. The toilet/shower... More 

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Dan O, Manager at The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, responded to this review

Hello Alvis, Tony, and Tyson. Thank you for your recent stay on our campsite, and for taking the time to leave this five-star review; we really appreciate it! I will pass on your very kind words to the rest of the team, especially James and the two workmen (Bleddyn and Norman) who shared some of their stories with you. Thanks... More 

Pretoria, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

4 adults and a child of 11. Visited here in 2011 and was great to come back. The beauty of the caves leaves one speechless, even if one has seen it before. There is a lot of walking and most of it uphill (outside of the caves) but found it completely manageable. The dinosaur park remains a hit with both... More 

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Dan O, Manager at The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, responded to this review

Hello Curtis. Many thanks for visiting us once again, and for taking the time to leave this five-star review. I fully agree; our three Showcaves still manage to take our breath away, even though we see them on a daily basis! I will pass your kind words on to the rest of the team, and we hope to welcome you... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with my husband and our children (aged 4 and 2) and loved every minute. It is in the middle of nowhere but it's definitely worth a visit. From the moment we arrived we were surrounded by huge dinosaurs and a mammoth which were very impressive. We had a lot of fun spotting the dinosaurs which were everywhere and some... More 

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Dan O, Manager at The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, responded to this review

Hi Amy. Thank you for taking the time to leave this five-star review! I’m delighted that you and your family, “loved every minute” of your day out with us. We adore our countryside location, as it allows us to share our spectacular views and vistas with visitors. Our dinosaurs are loved by people of all ages; it’s very easy to... More 

South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At £14 entry fee, we thought this was good value for money. We walked through the dinosaur park, containing loads of huge dinosaur statues to get to the 3 main caves - all of which were very different (the bone cave is accessed via a steep low tunnel and is the smallest of the 3 - people with restricted mobility... More 

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Dan O, Manager at The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, responded to this review

Hello Nicola. Many thanks for taking the time to leave this kind and edifying review; we value the responses we collect from our visitors! I am very pleased that you enjoyed visiting our Showcave and dinosaur attractions, and that you found the adult entry fee to be good value for money. I hope we can welcome you for a return... More 

Neath Port Talbot, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a lovely day out, there was a very helpful and kind guide named Keelan. He was very helpful and made our trip more fun for the children with us. Promote him to top guide or something 🙂

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Dan O, Manager at The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, responded to this review

Thank you for this five-star review, and for your kind words! I will pass them on to the rest of the team, especially Keelan. Thanks again. Dan Owen. More 

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