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“You can see Glastonbury from here”

Cheddar Caves & Gorge
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Glastonbury and Cheddar Gorge Day Trip from London
Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Cheddar
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Owner description: These caves provided shelter for man more than 40,000 years ago.
Bedfordshire, England
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“You can see Glastonbury from here”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

We were in Cheddar for the last weekend in June. £5 to access the steps (Jacobs Ladder) to the paths at the top of the Gorge. Incredible views and multiple photo ops. Luckily it was a beautiful clear day and you could see Glastonbury Tor to the south and Severn Estuary out from Burnham on Sea to the west. The rock formations are impressive. Not being overly adventurious this weekend we watched the rock climbing and abseiling without partaking.
With a cream tea and cider sampling available great spot for an afternoon.

Visited June 2013
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“Adventure Caving, amazing experience!”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

I booked Adventure Caving at Cheddar Gorge for my partners birthday outing. Booking was really easy just a simple phone call, during which payment was taken. On arrival there is loads of available car parking, and a costa just next to the office which is a good place to relax if you get a bit anxious before the start like I did!

We met our brilliant instructor at the hut, here we had a thorough safety briefing and got into our wellies, overalls and safety equipment. There are coat pegs and also a little locker where the instructor can lock up valuables, it's best just to not bring any in the first place though especially jewellery as you cant wear it because of safety reasons.

With helmets and safety belts on we entered the caves and walk through the public bit to begin the adventure. It is hard work, a bit scary and there really are some tight squeezes along the course but it is amazingly peaceful when you get deep inside the caves. I don't want to give too much away about the course but it was brilliant fun. You don't have to be very very sporty but it is physically hard going!

You will come out muddy and you will probably come out with a few bruises but you will also come out with a massive sense of achievement. Adventure Caving, highly recommended!

Visited June 2013
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“Was looking for nature and got costly attraction park instead”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

We arrived by bus into Cheddar Gorge thinking we could just walk the gorge. Wrong. We found out that Cheddar Gorge is private land, and you have to buy a ticket to access it. Without a ticket all you can do is browse the shops and walk the road which has no pedestrian pathways. There were a number of abseiling groups - I don't know if they needed permits. The tickets were £18.50 per person. There is nothing else to do in Cheddar so the visit was a disappointment and a waste of time.

Visited June 2013
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“Beautiful place”
Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

We spent a lovely morning exploring the gorge last week. As we were with our 9 month old baby we did not buy the admission ticket to the caves and museums etc but instead decided to just explore the local shops and sites ourselves. The place is very pretty and there are lots of lovely little shops to have a browse in. There are also plenty of nice places to have lunch and we had a very enjoyable and reasonably priced sandwich in The Mousehole Cafe.

The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company shop is definitely worth a visit, if only to sample thee lovely cave matured cheese!

I think that they have made a bit of a mistake by only letting people pay for one ticket for all of the attractions. If we could have paid separately for the attractions we may have gone on the open top bus tour. I would recommend getting there as early as possible as by lunchtime parking appeared to be virtually impossible. We arrived at 10am and managed to get a great parking spot close to the shops and attractions. We felt that the £5 all-day parking charge was very good value.

Overall we had a lovey morning there. It is probably somewhere that we will return to when our little boy is old enough to enjoy the caves etc.

Visited June 2013
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“A bit disappointing”
Reviewed June 27, 2013

The visit was a bit disappointing.

The bus tour only lasted 10/15 minutes and the tour guide on the bus liked the sound of his own voice (and his unfunny jokes).
The bus tour should have lasted longer and gone further through the gorge.

The caves were interesting but the museum was just wierd and a waste of time.
The Crystal Quest was random and created just to be an attraction for children.

Views from the tower were very good and worth the climb.

Used Tesco vouchers to pay - had we had to pay full price would have been very disappointed.

Visited June 2013
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