The Cave
Game & Entertainment CentresHistory Museums
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Cave hosts a collection of playable home computers, consoles, handheld electronic games and video games, set alongside an expansive library of old computing literature and a reconstructed high street games shop. You can expect to find old favourites such as Sinclair's ZX Spectrum, the Commodore 64, Nintendo's NES and the Sega Mega Drive, as well as exotic systems that were exclusive to other regions, such as the Sharp X68000 and Nintendo's Virtual Boy. The Cave plots gaming history from the very first home console, the Magnavox Odyssey of 1972, through to the consoles, microcomputers and PCs of the early 2000s, encompassing the rare, the common and even the throwaway contributions to home entertainment that helped create the multibillion-pound industry of today. Book a visit with your gaming past!
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David N
Belfast, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
I have been a fan of Neil's channel and podcast for many years and finally got the chance to pop over from Belfast to visit the cave last weekend as part of my 40th birthday celebrations. It was an absolute joy to see the both the cave and Neil in person. The visit lasted for 3 hours and the time flew in; between enjoying the various exhibitions, and chatting to Neil and the other volunteers and visitors. A lot of this old hardware is getting extremely rare and difficult/expensive to aquire so it's amazing to have so much of it under one roof, lovingly restored for everyone to enjoy. Neil has created something very special here - if you have any love for all things retro you really should visit!
Written 4 March 2024
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Jollyp
75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
I visited with my wife who to be honest wasn't looking forward it to the same extent I was as in her words "shes not a geek", however I think she enjoyed it more than I did.

We were welcomed in the car park by Holly who was very engaging and freindly before going up to the cave where Neil welcomed everyone and basically told us all to enjoy ourselves.

For me it was a great step back in time, viewing and using all the old computers and consoles the games that you could play were a great cross section on the era of the machines in question and the staff there were more than happy to load anything you wanted and chat about the exhibits.

For my wife it was funny to see her start playing some of the games but getting more and more invested in beating high scores and trying the various games, initially I thought I'd probably only be there for a short while but due to the interactive nature we were there for almost the full session.

I liked the various areas that had been setup, with their "computer shop" from yester year bringing back so many memories.

The onsite refreshments are very reasonably priced and well worth it.

We will certainly be visiting again, its just a pity its so far away otherwise I suspect we'd be regular visitors.
Written 18 February 2024
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Michael W
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
I have been to The Cave twice now, first with my two sons (12 and 13) and then we returned a few months later with two of their friends. All of us had an amazing time and will be returning again.

The range of exhibits is impressive, covering the 70s through to the mid 00s and the selection of software is well thought through - all the classics are there and all the obscure non-classics I still spent hours playing in my youth are there too. I could spend the entire three hour session on one exhibit alone, it’s that good.

The atmosphere is very welcoming and positive, with staff and volunteers being happy to share their knowledge and help you make the most of all the systems.

The hands-on aspect is something that cannot be emphasised enough - you will lose hours here and it will be time to go home before you know it!
Written 9 February 2024
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Andrew B
Long Compton, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Amazing and brilliantly curated space for everything retro. Neil and the staff work tirelessly to create an amazing space for retro computing which people from the era and young people can enjoy. The arcade archive also pulls you right back to arcades of the past with some brilliantly restored and preserved classics. A must visit.
Written 27 January 2024
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Wilberon M
Exmouth, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
TL:DR - It's fantastic!!!

Took my two daughters (6 and 12) last Saturday for our first ever visit! Unbelievable. What the team has built there is absolutely fantastic. The welcome you receive on arrival right from being met at the door and then the welcome chat from Neil is just spot on. The fact that it is such a hands on experience is also brilliant. Both my daughters were playing with Sonic pinball, 3D viewfinder games and even a BigTrack driving about the place. There are plenty on team members on hand to help and answer any questions, and all just as enthusiastic as you would expect from such a clearly personal project that has been built with a lot of thought and care.
As for the computers and consoles, well that just blows your mind how many are there for you to play on as much as you like. Change the games, ask for any you can't see, they will always do their best to accommodate. The retro gaming shop is also a mega blast from the past for those of us of a certain age!
There's way too much for a single visit and that doesn't even include the Arcade downstairs which we did in the afternoon and was equally mind blowing and run with the same level of enthusiasm and care.
I will definitely be going back again!
Written 11 December 2023
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HiggyBristol
Bristol, UK494 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This was the perfect place for three mates in their 40s to visit. There's an impressive collection of working retro console and computers that you can get your hands on, but also some really cool retro toys - the sort of thing no emulator at home can replicate.
Written 11 September 2022
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i_am_plankton
South Wales101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
What a place! Exceeded expectations in every way. Crib sheets with all machines to explain how to work them and facts about them. PlayStation 1 & 2, Nintendo GameCube, N64, Amstrad Mega Pc, SNES are some of the gaming options and then some! They take care only in their small tuck shop with a minimum spend of just £1 and very reasonably priced. Air conditioned, clean, free parking and just a wonderful experience.

We’ll be back!!!
Written 16 July 2022
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Stowey-Traveller
Nether Stowey, UK443 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
You have seen the YouTube Channel now visit it in person

The RMC Cave is located in a pretty village location near Stroud in an old Mill - There is parking at the Mill (No additional cost),

You need to book online at the RMC Website and we were greeted by one of the volunteers, there are only stairs to the top floor where the Cave is located (There are no lifts available at all).

If you love Retro Technology then this place offers a wealth of attractions and lots to actually get your hands on - It is absolutely brilliant. All the volunteers are great with lots of knowledge on the exhibits. There are light snacks, tea, coffee and cold drinks available. There are toilets onsite on the floor below (These were very clean).

Overall if you love technology from the 1970/80/90's you will love this place.
Written 20 May 2022
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The Cave is open:
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 - 17:00