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“Wales Very Own Jurassic Park”

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 May 27, 2014 via mobile

I visited The National Showcaves during a recent visit to Wales. The first thing that strikes you is the huge dinosaur at the entrance, and once inside you quickly realise they are everywhere. Why this attraction doesn't promote this more is beyond me, as most children go through a love affair with dinosaurs phase. The caves themselves are very impressive, Dan-y-Rogof cave is nicely lit to emphasise the various rock formations and stalactites and stalagmites and audio commentary shares with you the experience of the young boys who discovered the caves. On leaving there to head for the Bone Cave, you pass an Iron Age Village, which would be better if you could peak into the huts. The Bone Cave is dark and tiny, and not worth the trek to get to it. However The Cathedral Cave is a sight to behold with dramatic lighting, cascading waterfalls and a classical soundtrack to enhance the experience, definitely worth the entrance fee on its own. The museum on the way out is a bit of an after thought and there is a restaurant which has friendly service and good food when you're in need of refreshment. All in all an enjoyable day out.

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Reviewed May 26, 2014

National Showcaves Centre is a big park, including a few attractions: Dan-yr-Ogof Cave, Cathedral Cave, Bone Cave, Iron Village, Dinosaur Park and a museum. Dan-yr Ogof Cave is interesting with beautiful rock shapes, stalactites and stalagmites, with a long path going through different levels. Cathedral Cave is very beautiful, with indoor lakes and a big waterfall but is not as big as Dan-yr-Ogof. The Bone Cave is a tiny one room place with displays of how the caves and the bones of people from the iron age have been found by the archeologists, and representing the life of people from these times. Iron Village is a small outdoor model village on the way to the caves. The Dinosaur Park is formed of giant dinosaur models placed within the park, with signs describing each type. The museum is small, displaying some rocks and stones, models of prehistoric animals and video clips about the dinasaurs. There is a cafe and a shop for memorabilia, both are OK.

Things I did not like: 1) the price is expensive and although it is sold 'for 10 attractions', actually there are only 6 attractions. There is not family ticket option or full-time student option; 2) there are not many signs to explain the atttractions and the audio story is not very comprehensible, it would be much better if there were signs with written explanation all over the place; 3) there are bathroom facilities only at the entrance (before the ticket office), which is difficult with young children considering it takes time to visit all the attractions.

3  Thank TezcanM
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Reviewed May 22, 2014

we were disappointed.....rather expensive at £45 .....the caves are a long walk, yes naturally beautiful but the kids were fed up,,,,the info given over the speakers is too loud and ruined the calmness in there,,,,the children liked the dinosaurs,,,,,the iron village was ok,,,,shop expensive, café food was lovely.....lots of walking and steep steps so be prepared....older kids, mine are 7 and 9...might be more interested x

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Reviewed May 21, 2014

This is the third year I have been coming to the site . I am never disappointed with my stay and always receive a courteous and warm welcome from whoever collects the pitch fees . (Usually a gentleman by the name of Ashford Price .) The scenery is breath taking and there is so much to do particularly if you are an outdoor person , or just want a get away from it all , chill out break . There are more than adequate facilities available from the shower/toilet block to the washing facilities etc . If you happen to have children with you there are numerous birds and animals to keep them occupied along with shire horses which are kept in a compound area. The site itself is divided into separate areas with adult only sections if you are looking for a bit of piece and quiet . With plenty of places to visit in the area this site is ideal for both long and short breaks . We always meet up with friends and have always agreed that this site is a bit of a jewel in the crown for us and we look forward to enjoying many more stays here . Highly recommended .

3  Thank stephen m
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Reviewed May 21, 2014

My daughter and I have had a really good time at the national showcaves centre, was very interesting and relaxing at the same time, great place for a day out!!! Staff was very helpful, my daughter has lost her phone in one of the caves and to my great surprise it has been found and returned to us. I have received a phone call and was told that it was posted,so a huge Thank You to everyone at the centre.We most definitely be back again!!!

3  Thank Jolanta R
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