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“Not worth the money!”
Review of Wookey Hole Caves

Wookey Hole Caves
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Owner description: A series of caves that sheltered Stone Age people.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Bridgwater, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Not worth the money!”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

The advertising materials used by Wookey Hole are very well done, they make it look like an excellent attraction that any family would jump at the chance to visit. Do not fall for this. My boyfriend and I went to Wookey Hole with FREE tickets as we work for a local holiday company and we still felt ripped off even without paying to get in!!!!! At £18 an adult it is a complete rip off!!!

Lets start with the cave tour - we were guided around by a gentleman who sounded as though he had swallowed a script, using unbelievably rehearsed, unfunny jokes, not interacting with anybody, speaking with his eyes closed and regurgitating all the 'fascinating' facts about the caves. The tour itself lasts around half an hour and is quite boring unless you are a massive cave fanatic. They have tried to make it more interesting by adding lights and projections into the tour but it didn't do it for us - young children may also find some parts slightly scary.

After the cave tour you go through the constantly advertised 'Fairy Garden' which is some old, dirty and broken ornaments wedged into the grass along the river bank. Wow...

There is then the 'Valley Of The Dinosaurs' which is a load of life-size plastic dinosaur models; don't get excited, they don't move or anything. They do have information boards for each one though, which are interesting if you'd like to learn more about dinosaurs.

The circus museum is old and there isn't much information to look at to actually learn about the history of the circus so it seemed a bit pointless to me. There is also the Cave Diving museum which is interesting if you would like to learn more about that subject, there is a movie they play on a loop.

The Monster Mill is about as old as Bruce Forsyth and although the website says "Revamped, restored and totally remarkable" it isn't! The Penny Arcade is obviously a piece of history in itself where you can play on the old fashioned funfair arcade machines, so I wouldn't expect this to be restored or revamped, and I personally think it's a lovely attraction. There is the age old Mirror Maze which is quite fun but short and not too challenging, so good for little ones. Pirates Of The River Axe was very fun - even though we didn't have children with us we had a laugh on that one!

The handmade paper displays are interesting and different, not too exciting though. The Kids Korner is your average children's soft play area which they seemed to enjoy - and conveniently, it's right next to the extremely expensive restaurant so you parents can enjoy a ridiculously pricey coffee or snack!! The food and drinks are really expensive, and you aren't allowed to eat your own food in the restaurant areas so watch out if it's a rainy day you'll have nowhere to picnic!

The free Pirate Golf offer they have on at the moment is all well and good but you will probably find that lots of people will go there at the same time as it is on the way out. This meant queuing for a long time just to get onto the course, and once you were there, you had a big group of people right behind you waiting to have a go. We played 2 or 3 holes and abandoned it as it just wasn't fun at all.

The only thing I found half decent was the Circus Show - Wookey Hole has its own circus school and the show allows the children to put together what they have learned as well as getting used to performing in front of an audience. Everyone was excellent at what they did: the main clown didn't have much stage presence and considering the Witch Of Wookey Hole - who was in the show - gets paid a whopping £50,000 a year, neither did she!!!! There were a lot of awkward moments and it didn't flow too well, especially when she came out!

Even getting in for free, this attraction is a huge disappointment and neither of us would recommend it.

Visited May 2013
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Llandudno, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed June 27, 2013

At £18 a head it is very expensive. And restaurant was shut at 2.00pm in late June (although advertised to 4.00pm).

Can't see us bothering with the place again.

Visited June 2013
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dorset
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18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A real disappointment”
Reviewed June 26, 2013

Me and my boyfriend decided to visit Wookey Hole Caves as a day out but it was seriously disappointing for the price we paid (£36 for two adults).

The caves are stunning but the tour was a lot shorter than I thought it would be and was rushed; there was no time for anyone to really look around and take in the beauty of the caves. The tour didn't really flow; there was barely any geographical or historical information and it mostly consisted of the outlines of witches being shone on the cave walls and the guide stating that certain rocks look like a dog or half an elephants head... The part of the tour where the Caved Aged Cheddar is kept was good, but we were swiftly moved on before anyone could really take a good look.

After that, the attraction hits rock bottom. The gardens after the cave are full of plastic prehistoric creatures, fairies and a random massive gorilla (not sure which theme that was part of...!); the other attractions are old, run down and tacky (the circus exhibit of stuffed two-headed animals was down-right creepy). If you have young children then the indoor play area and mirror maze (if a little dull) would probably appeal but for the adults there is very little to do. The Pirates Crazy Golf (which was free) was good; we were the only ones using it so didn't have to rush and we had fun. We expected to spend a whole day there but after an hour and a half we were heading home.

Overall the attraction is a complete let down for the price they charge for admission which is a shame as it has the potential to be a really good day out for everyone.

Visited June 2013
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Woking, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Very disappointing, total rip off.”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

Not worth the money spent, we were very disappointed with the overall place. We felt it was over priced for what we paid for entrance was. Would definitely not recommend for families

Visited July 2012
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A fulfilled day lots of amazement and laughter”
Reviewed June 23, 2013 via mobile

Caves stunning but need a small jacket even on a warm day it can be cool in the caves, organic food for lunch yummy, jack sparrow he was brill very good likeness kept popping up everywhere, very entertaining oh yes and the kids enjoyed it too!!! Looking forward to the next visit, fairy land lovely.

Visited May 2013
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