Cheddar Gorge & Caves

Local nameCheddar Gorge & Caves
LocationCheddar, Somerset, United Kingdom

Cheddar Gorge is a limestone gorge in the Mendip Hills, near the village of Cheddar, Somerset, England. The gorge is the site of the Cheddar show caves, where Britain's oldest complete human skeleton, Cheddar Man, estimated to be over 9,000 years old, was found in 1903. Older remains from the Upper Late Palaeolithic era have been found. The caves, produced by the activity of an underground river, contain stalactites and stalagmites. The gorge is part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest called Cheddar Complex.Cheddar Gorge, including the caves and other attractions, has become a tourist destination. In a 2005 poll of Radio Times readers, following its appearance on the 2005 television programme Seven Natural Wonders, Cheddar Gorge was named as the second greatest natural wonder in Britain, surpassed only by Dan yr Ogof caves.

The gorge attracts about 500,000 visitors per year.

Tags ScenicCaveWildlifeHiking & Camping
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Opening hours

Open daily except Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.

May, Jul - Aug, Easter, Whitsun School Holidays: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Rest of year: 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Last admission to the caves, museum and tour bus is 30 minutes before closing time.


Adults: £19.95 (online £16.95)
Children (5 - 15): £13.95 (online £11.85)
Under 5: free

More information and contact


Official Website




Phone +44 1934 742343

Address BS27 3QF, Cheddar

Coordinates 51°16'57.339" N -2°45'56.355" E

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