Wookey Things to Do
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This was my first trip to Wookey Hole, though I have been to Cheddar Gorge 3 times. On arrival, which was a few minutes before the opening time, I had no problems finding a parking space in the free car park. One hour later it was a completely different story with no parking spaces available, cars being parked in the road outside reducing the busy road to a single lane. Unlike Cheddar Gorge this is a an isolated compact site, away from any other businesses. We had to wait 15 minutes until there was sufficient people for the guide to take us around the caves. WARNING - The caves are damp, slippery, the ground uneven and at some points the openings between the caverns are only 4 feet in height. The guide gives you a history of the caves and points out various features including a tale about the witch of Wookey Hole. You can take photos but no flashlights are allowed and you do feel under pressure to keep moving between points, so hang back if you really want some time to take that special picture.
After the tour which take about 30ish minutes you leave the caves and come into a dinosaur valley. From there you can walk around a number of attractions such as paper making, crazy mirrors, an arcade and there are about 20 all together. A restaurant, cafe and ice creams are available. You can save 20% of the entrance price by booking online.
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The water draining through the sandstone, and the changing course of the river Axe have formed this maze of tunnels and chambers. There are stalagmites and stalactites, but these are not very interesting if compared to those at Cheddar Gorge [see my Cheddar pages], but the size of the chambers are definitely awe-inspiring. The river seems just a beautiful peaceful stream but can be 70 ft deep in places and has a strong current.
A guided tour begins on the hour and half hour. Our guide was Terry who was knowledgeable about the history and formation of the caves, but interspersed his narration with such corny jokes.He told us some Dr Who scenes were filmed here.
The main stalagmite he drew our attention to was the Witch of Wookey who was turned to stone by a monk at the request of the locals.
After leaving the caves, the exit takes you through the dinosaur park.
Entry fee to the caves and mill is £15 per adult and £9 per child. Senior Citizens cost £10.Related to:
- Family Travel
- Theme Park Trips
Wookey Hole Caves Attraction has a few different attractions like ofcourse The caves, A papermill, a little ravine, a mirror maze and a penny arcade. In my opinion the first three are nice, the fourth is nice for the children and the last attraction you can skip.