The World's Biggest Tourist Rip-Off...
... is Wookey Hole, just a few miles outside Wells. While the medieval city of Wells is lovely in every respect, Wookey Hole is a tiny village in the middle of nowhere which apparently was in desperate need of an attraction to compete with Wells. The Mendip Hills which sprawl just behind the village are full of caves, so what would be better than luring naive tourists into the caves, telling them they are "gigantic", "breath-taking" and "not to be missed"? We should have been warned: there is no such thing as a free lunch! The caves are small and consist of three rooms with approximately five stalagmites and stalactites and the occasional sleeping horseshoe bat. The guide considered himself funny and made jokes in an incomprehensible dialect, the legend of the caves is only vaguely interesting... But what is worst is the entrance fee: £16 per person!!!!!!!!! For this money you get the rather boring caves and a stupid, abysmal dinosaur theme park with plastic tyrannosauri, an exhibition of circus wagons, a mirror labyrinth, a room with flipper machines from in the year dot plus several over-expensive souvenirs and pay-extra attractions. Seriously, is there anyone in the world who would enjoy this?
Unique Suggestions: If you happen to be a bored-by-life millionaire and have children who are interested in dinosaurs made from plastic and covered in plastic snow, then visit Wookey Hole. If not, turn around as soon as you see the warning signs: "Funny" signs with witches on them. Press the pedal to the metal and drive away, or you might be sucked into this tourist trap, too.
Fun Alternatives: Ebbor Gorge nearby (see another tip) is a very nice place for a hike.
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