Cheddar Travel Guide

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Cheddar Things to Do

  • Cheddar Gorge & Caves

    Britain’s deepest gorge was carved by torrential floods of a melting ice age and is much loved by rock climbers and cavers alike, there are 27 limestone cliffs rising 450 feet and an extensive cave system, complete with stalactite caverns. There are also lots of onsite attractions including a cliff top walk and two show caves are open to the...

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  • Caves and Gorge

    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...

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  • Gough's Cave

    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...

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  • Take a tour of the caves

    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...

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  • Cheddar Cheese Factory

    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...

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  • Cheddar Caves

    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...

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  • Cheddar Gorge

    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.

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  • Cheddar Caving

    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...

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  • Cheddar Man

    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...

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  • Cheddar Caves & Gorge

    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,...

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  • It's the details that make the...

    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.

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  • Cheddar Caves

    Well, if you see one stalagmite/stalactite cave, you've seen them all. Amazing, but you'll find something similar under my France page.

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Cheddar Hotels

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  • Hillview Farm Bed & Breakfast

    , Wedmore, BS28, Cheddar, BS28 4QE, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Arundel House

    Church Street, Cheddar, BS27 3RA, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

  • Market Cross Hotel

    Church Street, Cheddar, Somerset BS27

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

Cheddar Restaurants

  • scones, butter, jam and clotted cream

    The restaurant is part of the Gouch's Caves complex. We bought senior citizen tickets which gave us a cream tea option. The cafe is clean and self-service. There is a menu with sandwiches, local dishes, international dishes and other options like a ploughman's lunch. the fruit scones with butter, strawberry jam and local clotted cream.#On the menu...

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  • Some Antiques with Your Meal?

    The restaurant, located on the main road near the Caves, is reasonably priced and the food was good. All I had was a cup of tea and a slice of lemon cake but it was very enjoyable. Around the restaurant there are various bits and pieces for sale, old glass, knickknacks, etc and you can browse at will deciding what to purchase. VT member Aragina...

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Cheddar Transportation

  • Car Parking – Lakeside

    Lakeside Car ParkThis car park is one of the Longleat owned, as such it may not be the cheapest but it is conveniently situated at the lower end of the Gorge just before the start of the attractions.Pay at kiosk and DisplayLong StayCapacity: 50 carsSunday to Saturday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pmOctober to February: FreeThe Cliffs, Cheddar BS27 3QESeptember...

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  • Driving to Cheddar

    It's easiest to get to Cheddar if you have use of a car though buses do come from certain towns such as Bristol. If driving take Cheddar exit 22 off the M5 and follow the brown signs for 8 miles. From London it takes approximately 2 and a half hours. If coming from Bristol take A 38 for 8 miles through Churchhill traffic lights, then left at garage...

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Cheddar Shopping

  • traditional sweets

    This is a shop selling traditional sweets that I remember from my childhood- aniseed balls, mint bulls'eyes, lollipops, lemon drops, fudge, liquorice, rock, clove balls etcBeside the shop tourists can watch a man actually making sweets , and then go through to see the sweets on display before buying them. The factory is open daily from Easter to...

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  • Cheddar Cheese

    Cheddar cheese is a hard red cheese good for eating and cooking. Story has it that a dairymaid left her milkpail in one of the caves, and when she went back found it had changed. Thus, Cheddar cheese was discovered and became big business. Nowadays the mature cheeses are made and taken underground into the caves to mature for a further two...

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  • The Cheese Stands Alone

    This shop is one of several in Cheddar which sells the local Cheddar Cheese. There are also several other varieties available along with such goodies as Lemon Curd, jams, wines, liquers and the infamous Somerset Cider. Cheddar of course! Aragina bought me a small round of white cheddar which I took great pains to take back to Canada with me. No, I...

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Cheddar Local Customs

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    by hayward68 Written Sep 4, 2003

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    Have you ever wondered how Cheddar Cheese got its name? Well, local legend in the area says that a village milkmaid left a pail of milk in the Cheddar Caves, and upon returning to fetch it, discovered that the milk had turned into this substance which became known as Cheddar Cheese.
    The cheese of Cheddar is so famous that Daniel Defoe, author of Robinson Crusoe, after visiting the Mendips in 1724, wrote a book titled "A Tour of the Islands of Great Britain" in which an entire section was written about Cheddar and its cheese.

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Cheddar Warnings and Dangers

  • Falling rock

    Because the area is of karst limestone, the rock is liable to crack and fall. There are warning notices reminding people that rock fall is liable at any time, so be careful. This applies to where you park your car too.Inside the caves the passages can be slippery and wet, so take care walking or hold onto hand rails, and be careful of low passages.

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  • Wild Animals!

    Do be careful driving along the road through the Gorge as many people, such as ourselves, stop to take pictures from their cars of the cute animals grazing on the cliffside. The road is very winding and you might come around a bend and smash into the back end of another car if you aren't paying attention.

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Cheddar Tourist Traps

  • by imayam Written Mar 16, 2005

    To be able to explore the caves, you need to buy the Caves & Gorge Explorer Ticket. At £10.90 I believe this is a huge rip off. The only thing really worth seeing on the ticket is the actual cave and gorge. And since you can see the gorge for free you really are paying just to see the caves.

    As part of the ticket, they operate a seasonal open top bus tour of the gorge. They take you halfway through the gorge and then turn around again and drop you off at the caves. I was expecting it to be more comprehensive - a five minute ride up and down the gorge is not really what I would expect from a "tour".

    If it were possible to buy a separate ticket to view the caves, then it would be worth doing that. The explorer ticket is just a way to extort money out of unsuspecting tourists.

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Cheddar Favorites

  • Cheddar attractions

    I like all of Cheddar! It well deserves a visit to see the natural beauty, the amazing caves, the river and all the traditional products. Having the tea, scones with butter, jam and clotted cream

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  • Hi Ho, Hi Ho

    I was taken to Cheddar by two wonderful VT members with whom I was visiting in Bristol for the weekend, Greebo and Aragina. Greebo agreed to accompany me into the caves and while we were in them a group of miners, returning from the depths of the them, walked past us in a line singing "Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to work we go", the song the Seven...

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  • Jacobs Ladder

    This is basically a very steep hill walk with wooden steps to help people up. The views at the top are well worth the climb. The picture is from about halfway up.

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