The ticket for the caves and gorge costs 8.90 GBP per adult.
This permits entrance to Gough's cave and explorer audio-guide; Cheddar man and the cannibals, Cox's cave and the crystal quest, Jacob's ladder, lookout tower and cliff-top gorge walk, and gorge tour bus in summer.
The ticket has a clear map of the site on the back.
The caves are open every day except Christmas Eve and Day.
May to September 10.00 am -5.00pm
mid September to April 10.30am -4.30pm
Cheddar Gorge and Caves are open daily from 10am to 5pm, in July and August from 10am to 5.30pm.
an explorer ticket that includes all the attractions and ride in an open topped bus along the gorge costs 10.70 pounds for an adult, and 7.90 for children aged 5-15 years. Under 5 children are free.
The open-topped bus runs from March to October and there is a guide/narrator on board.
Gough’s Cave is named after Richard Cox Gough. Gough was a local man who with the help of his sons started to dig the silt out of the entrance to the cave and discovered the chambers beyond. Since then the cave has been opened up and you can now walk 800 metres into the cave. In 1903 a skeleton of a man almost 10,000 years old was found in the cave. This is the oldest complete skeleton that has been found in the UK and he was named Cheddar Man. There is a replica skeleton in the cave the original is now housed in the Natural History Museum. The cave is now the most visited location in the area. The tour of the cave includes an audio guide and there are different tickets available depending upon how much of the area’s attractions you wish to explore.
The caves were formed millions of years ago, but discovered in the 19th century, and because the land belongs to the Marquis of Bath, he has developed the site. Even now fresh exploration is being done. Care has to be taken as the ground can be wet but hand rails give some help to those unsteady on their feet.
There are several outstanding chambers like St Paul's Cathedral and The Temple of Solomon, and the pools with stalagmites and stalactites where the water drips down into the pool.
The caves are open from 10 am-5pm. Different tickets are available depending on the features chosen. Senior citiven ticket costs £9,50 and agult costs £14 , but check before hand.
At the bottom of the gorge, there's the Cheddar Cheese Company, the only Cheddar made in Cheddar! You can take a tour of the factory and find out how the cheese is actually made! Still made by hand to this day, each batch is unique in taste from every batch before hand, you won't always get the same result. Plus they have a great store with lots of wonderful cheeses!!!!
The Cheddar Caves are interesting and striking caves. They also are the place where 9,000-year-old Cheddar Man was found. Tests on Cheddar Man revealed that he has a direct descendant living in the area today, a teacher. This shows how the successive waves of people who have come since then, including the Celts and the English, simply swallowed up their predecessors, who ultimately adopted their conquerors' ethnic identity over time, rather than simply being wiped out or expelled.
The one negative point is that the area is quite touristy and there are some "cheesy" (no pun intended) elements.
A beautiful, scenic gorge with unusually dramatic scenery for England. It's a great hike one can do right from the centre of town. One can hike one way along the ridge above and the other way through the narrow gorge below.
Cheddar Caves are definately a must see. For centuries people have lived in and around them.A centuries old body was found in one of them and was so well preserved, it is now on display in the Cheddar Museum and is known as Cheddar Man.
The caves are full of stalagmites and stalagtites and mirror like pools so clear and still that you can see your faces in them. The colours in the caves caused by the various minerals are truly beautiful and make them well worth visiting.
This is the oldest complete skeleton in Britain and it was buried almost 9000 years ago, though only discovered in 1903 during excavations near the entrance to Gough's Caves. Analysis of the skeleton shows that the front of the skull was severely damaged, possibly he had been killed by a blow to the face.
A repilica of the skeleton, shown in the picture, is in Gough's Caves in the spot where it is found. The real skeleton can be seen in the Cheddar Man Museum.
Astonishingly enough, a DNA sample taken from the skeleton in 1997 was found to match that of a teacher of a local school. It seems his ancestors had been in the area for over 9000 years! Imagine looking at a 9000 year old skeleton and knowing that you are descended from him!
The caves run underground for approximately 1/4 mile under cathedral like ceilings carved out by the Ice Age more than a million years ago. Underneath runs one of Britain's largest underground rivers which eventually emerges aboveground through 18 different springs.
There are many stalactite filled caverns which make for very interesting pictures, if you can keep your camera still enough under these low light conditions. Some have water filled pools that are practically mirrors because there is nothing around to disturb the water.
Gough's Caves is named after Richard Gough who, in the 1890's, excavated one of the nicest caves and then opened it and other caves to the public.
You can buy an All In One Ticket which allows you access to numerous sites. These are:
The Cheddar Man Museum
The Crystal Quest
Pavey's Lookout Tower
The Clifftop Gorge Walk
The Open-Top Gorge Tour
Price for an adult is £8.90 and for a child £5.90
This mini cavern, to give you a sense of perspective, was probably only about a handspan deep and the pool of water inside was as still as glass. Apparently it hadn't been disturbed for years and was protected behind a perspex screen to keep it that way.
Well, if you see one stalagmite/stalactite cave, you've seen them all. Amazing, but you'll find something similar under my France page.