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“Great for Children and Adults too !!”
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 older children, Activities for young children
Bristol, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Great for Children and Adults too !!”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

Great afternoon a little steep in price ( £18.00 ) adults - the guide fantastic great with his knowledge and humour looked like Johnny Depp - ouside in the garden plenty to look at for the children and the exhibitions superb history of the circus/papermaking/cave diving then a joy for kids vast rooms with games and a tunnel of mirrors that was a delight - very commercial but running this attraction must cost a great deal !! delicious ice creams - vsat selection - good for a rainy day

Visited September 2013
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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“I felt like Clark Griswold arriving at Wally World...”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

google it if you're too young/classy to get the reference ;)


So, a Monday, not school holiday, seemed a good time to use the tickets we'd bought online for Wookey Hole a while back. Wasn't raining, shouldn't be busy, kids were calm during a leisurely drive..

The Caves were my priority, but we realised our almost 3 yr old would like the jack sparraw pirate, witch, etc, perhaps the caves might be a bit scary for her.

Head to the cave entrance straight away, but, our tickets weren't tickets, they were just a booking reference - Don't make the mistake we did ! had to head back down.

..And, it turns out, there's only a tour every hour. and there's limited places on each tour around the caves. and it's a first come, first allocated affair - No mention of this on the brochure.

so, we had a 90 min wait for the next tour.

No problem, plenty to do, we were informed. Over 20 attractions, including

The Wookey Witch - ahh, sorry, not at the moment, they're trying to recruit one.

Jack Sparraw (sp) the Pirate (?!) - erm, nope, not that particular day.

The theatre/circus - well, not when the schools are on.

Two restaurants - again, not if it's not at peak season.

... and so it went on.

Ice cream parlour... - all three were shut.

Magically, the gift shop was open.

Now, I don't mind them cutting back on staff wages /heating when in the quite times (although September isn't really off season is it?).

But, make some concession to the ticket prices, to be fair. Or at least inform people booking online that some things might be shut. Just don't make the staff look embarrassed /guilty when visitors ask what there is to do to kill 90 mins waiting for the cave tour.

ahh, the cave tour.

Well, as you can imagine, only running every hour... there was literally every visitor waiting for it.

Great, except for an attraction where the guide relies on people being able to see what he is point at /referring to. So when the queue of people on your tour is so great that you are still around the corner in the previous cave... you don't mind that you can't hear him, as you know you wouldn't be able to see what it is he's pointing at anyway..

It became a group joke amongst the half a dozen or so adults at the back of the group.

.. and, as had been mentioned by others.. how this gets passed by health and safety exec is intriguing... you can't take prams/pushchairs (naturally), and they welcome under 3s, so you do have to carry them.. not a problem, but the end walk ways are literally 2 foot wide, with railings that only come up 3 foot, so if you're tall, and get dizzy carrying a squirming 3 yr old...well, just don't think about it, it's a long way down.

The positives, to be fair -
The chicken nuggets were good, and cheap.
The penny arcade machines, and circus trailors, and nice settings are welll done.
The hall of mirrors did blow my mind.
The gorilla is so abstract it's charming.

but, the terrible rating is because I felt like clark griswold, we tried a good family day out, we tried really hard,

every where we turned, things were shut.
the penny arcade and circus are great collectable museum pieces. but they are rare now because they've never actually been much fun.

if only, like the Griswolds, we'd been told the ratio of things open vs shut prior, or even on arrival, then this rating, and this review, would not have come about.

I recommend you go to cheddar gorge instead. No idea if it is better or worse, but must be worth the risk that at least some of it is open.

Visited September 2013
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Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Fantastic!”
Reviewed September 20, 2013

Went the last week of August and as it's quite a big place we didn't find it too busy, although we did get there shortly after opening and were wise enough to get tickets on-line prior so skipped the queue to get in! The guy doing Captain Jack Sparrow was fab, not only looked like him but sounded like him too-had his mannerisms down to tee-give the guy a pay rise! My kids are 8 & 10 and both loved it! Last time we went they were 3 & 5 so although the elder had vague memories assisted by the souvenir book it was almost like seeing it all again, even for us parents as they were interested in so much more. The caves are just amazing and the other bits have been re-vamped since we were last there and very much enjoyed by the kids. There's a video show about the Caves and Paper Making and the kids 'made' paper, well handprints in the sludge but hey they liked it! We did the Penny Arcade, get your pennies from the person rather than the machine you get 2 extra! The Show was just great, circus one this time round and the girls (mostly) were just amazing for being so young-great Show! The indoor play area is good for younger kids, my 2 weren't really into it and to be honest I was glad as the fried food smell hangs terribly there from the eatery, but the food's reasonable. The mirrors again are great and they have the funny shaped ones on the way out through the shop. The shop was very busy and they could do with more Tills, especially as it's so warm in there but a good range of pocket money stuff for the kids, mementos of the day and other more fancy bits. The Staff were all very smart and polite. Rather daftly I didn't bother checking out the hotel there prior but wish we had as it's very good value and of course the kids get to play in the indoor area in the evenings-well worth a look!

Visited August 2013
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“What a fantastic place”
Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

What a fantastic place and well worth the money. Can't believe people complaining about the country lanes for Christ's sake you're in the country!!! Would you prefer they built a motorway through the unspoilt countryside that's probably changed very little for hundreds of years??
 
We went last week in August 2013 and found there was more than enough to do and both my kids aged 15 and 11 found it very interesting and informative. Yeah the place was busy but it was school holidays so we went with that in mind. Would recommend it to anyone

Visited August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Worth the money”
Reviewed September 18, 2013

Visited Wookey Hole and the Penny Arcade. The Tour Guide Tom was really good, he interacted with the visitors and told lots of funny stories. The people we went on the tour were really good and took notice of the guide. I went with my husband as we do not have children but fun for people of all ages.

Visited September 2013
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