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“Great! Dinosaurs, caves, animals, panning for gold & more dinosaurs!”

The National Showcaves Centre for Wales
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Pen-y-cae
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Reviewed June 17, 2013

We stayed at Trecco Bay caravan park, and so got a voucher for £10 off a visit to the Showcaves, we are a family of four (but our children are both under 3 years old, so we didn't have to pay for them to get in), so we only paid around £17 to get in. It was a drizzly day, and we didn't fancy the gales on the seafront, so we took our voucher and went off to see the dinosaurs and caves. It was brilliant! The kids loved the dinosaurs and the caves - it was a real adventure for them. We really enjoyed it too - the two larger caves are amazing; the cathedral cave is beautiful and the first cave is really long with some stunning formations in the stalactites/mites. The kids enjoyed both 'panning for gold' outside the cafe, and the 3D computerised 'paint the dinosaur' feature in the museum. We stayed for around 3/4 hours, and were just leaving when we thought we'd check out the Shire Horse Centre and found lots of animals there, not just horses. I think they were closing for the day, but the staff welcomed us and were really friendly and helpful. Our children were allowed to visit the Shetland Ponies before they were turned out into the field. Staff explained that the horses are rotated, so that one day the boys are out in the field whilst the girls meet the public and vice versa. The animals looked very well cared for and were content to let our little ones stroke them. It was a lovely day, the weather didn't spoil it at all- and as we got another £10 off with our entrance ticket we will probably visit again!

5  Thank Beck B
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

My son loves dinosaurs and when we saw this advertised just had to go.
I have never seen so many in one place it was incredible, although he was a bit scared at first with the size of some of them. We went to a dinosaur park in Pembrokeshire which we thought was great but this was even better. There's a little animal part with sheep, ducks, a donkey etc and we really enjoyed the barn with the racing track for tractors. The caves were really good too.
Would certainly recommend and will be going back again.

2  Thank Stephanie H
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

We visited on a beautiful day with plenty of sunshine which always helps...lol Having visited the attraction many years ago when our children were aged 5-10 years old, we were not disappointed when we came back with our grown-up children and granddaughter to see how the site has expanded. A great day out! Plenty of things to see and do for all ages. The addition of the gold panning is wonderful and the collection of dinosaurs are wonderful. Of course the caves are amazing and the information given is just enough. The shire horse centre is great with lots to see and do - we particularly enjoyed the chipmunk run across the ceiling. Staff were all friendly. The only down side was the hills to climb and the myriad steps to get to the bone cave - not good for the elderly or infirm, or those with pushchairs!

2  Thank Debnade
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

We visited at the beginning of June and had a lovely day out with extended family, our ages ranged from 3 to 60 and there was something to interest everybody.

The show caves are wonderful, the Cathedral Cave in particular is awe inspiring although in comparison the Bone Cave was disappointing, the first cave we visited was long, cool and a good place to wander through.

The restaurant serves nice food and the staff were very helpful and chatty. The ice cream in the gift shop is great value and very tasty. The staff throughout the attraction were friendly and welcoming.

The Shire Horse centre was great fun and the chipmunks enclosure is brilliant!

The only downside is that it is rather pricy which is why I haven't given it 5 stars, other than the price gripe we had a great day out and would recommend it to families for a varied and educational day out.

1  Thank TeaRoseBakery
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

Well maintained camp site, very reasonably priced, the toilet/shower block is small but is due for an upgrade. Very helpful Warden. There's a pub within walking distance which serves nice food, has a children's play area and are very helpful.

The caves are spectacular, there are 3, the main one is a long walk round with loads of geological features to see. There are a few narrative bits but it's hard to hear in the caves, it's better to read the information pamphlet. The second cave is the Cathedral, which is very large and licensed for weddings. The last cave is Bone Cave where remains of cavemen were found. Its a very steep climb up to it and a low entrance way. The actual cave is small but it has scenes set out inside it which are very interesting especially to bloodthirsty young boys ( think Horrible Histories).
The park around the caves is full, ( and I do mean Full!) of life sized dinosaur models. They are amazingly well maintained, with snippets of information to keep children interested. There is also an Iron Age Village recreation, a small Museum and gold panning trough.
The cafe is a bit basic, lots of fried food, but also jacket potato's, a few cakes and sandwiches too. The toilets are in the cafe and could do with a revamp.
Down the hill there is a small animal farm, a children's play barn, and Shire Horses. A real treat was seeing the week old shire horse foal out in the paddock with it's mother.
An excellent attraction for families, lots to do and see, both indoor and out.

1  Thank Onceawaitress
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