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What can you see without tickets?

Trentino
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What can you see without tickets?

We are a family of 4 coming in the area beginning of July.

I was trying to better understand the Cheddar Gorge attraction and how it works. Seems like you buy tickets to be able to: see caves, climb lookout tower, museum, tour by bus.

And it's more than 50 pounds for all of us ... :O

I was wondering what we could see without having to fork out a 50-pounds note. I mean, you can always see the village of Cheddar, drive the windy road I saw in pictures and get an idea of the area ... or is it all closed by fences?

Also, in case we buy tickets, how much time should we expect to dedicate to this attraction? Will we be able to visit Wells in the same day?

Thank you!

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1. Re: What can you see without tickets?

You can indeed walk through the village, go in the shops and cafes etc. You can also drive right up through the Gorge, it's an ordinary road. You can also walk along the road, of course, but once you get past the shops there is no pavement and the road is really narrow on the bends, so that's not really recommended. There are public footpaths in the area but as I usually just drive through or occasionally stop off in the village, I'm not sure where they are. You would need to look on an Ordnance survey map. I would imagine the public footpaths are on the lefthand side as you go up the Gorge.

Trentino
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2. Re: What can you see without tickets?

Thank you. It was not clear from their website.

Btw, how long does it take to pay a visit to the caves, museum & the other stuff?

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3. Re: What can you see without tickets?

I'm afraid I don't know how long it would take. It's years since I went in one of the caves and it was a much smaller business then. They didn't have a museum or the open-topped bus ride. I would think that you would have time for a visit to Wells the same day though.

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4. Re: What can you see without tickets?

You could visit a cave and have a wander around in 3 - 4 hours I would say. It is well worth going into the caves - in fact not much point going otherwise IMO.

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5. Re: What can you see without tickets?

When we went it only took about 10 minutes to buy our tickets. You can access the backside of the gorge cliff top walk from the bottom end without a ticket. We went in by the stairs and went all the way to the other end and there was not a ticket gate on the other end. It is past all the parking spaces along the road. You could probably ask people coming down the road where to find that trail. You might have to show a ticket at the other end but not sure since we didn't go back out that way.

Trentino
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6. Re: What can you see without tickets?

Thank you all for your replies and information, you gave me enough details to decide how to organize the day.

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7. Re: What can you see without tickets?

I'm not so sure about the caves. I wasn't impressed. Depends if you've been in a cave with a small lake before and some stalicmights.

Wookey Hole used to be way way better but that has become so commercialised not sure what it is like now. Best check the reviews for Cheddar Caves and see what people say. There are also many more interesting drives.

The time it will all take depends on how well the whole group keeps together. If you are constantly stopping at shops, rounding people up - a lot longer.

Wells is lovely. Plenty to see and enjoy. Glastonbury has plenty to see if you want a second option.

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8. Re: What can you see without tickets?

HI Targheauto

If you still planning to visit Cheddar, I would like to recommend you a visit to this place.

I recently visited Cheddar Gorge for a camping and hiking trip. And I feel you need atleast a day to see this beautiful village.

If you are interested in walking- may be a hike to Gorge Cliffs will make your day with amazing views spreading across Bristol.

If you are interested in rock climbing, there are companies that organizes such activities.

I have written a small post on my trip to Cheddar. You might like to read it - travelfunfoodpictures.com/2014/…

I hope you enjoy your time.

Cheers,

Aanchal

Trentino
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9. Re: What can you see without tickets?

Thank you LoveToTravel,

At the moment there is a chance we might pay a visit to Cheddar Gorge, but it depends on how we will organise that particular day, so I decided that I will ... decide it at best the day before :)

Thanks for sharing the link, which I will check out later for sure.

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10. Re: What can you see without tickets?

Hope you enjoyed your visit.

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