Cheddar Gorge
Cheddar Gorge
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  • Glen R
    Medway, United Kingdom44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great memories - Great day
    What an amazing place, visited in my childhood and have wonderful memories, have now been with our children and they found it equally as fascinating. The village is a gem in the gorge, the cliff top walk has the most stunning views around Somerset and is a must do if you can manage it! The caves were the highlight for us all, including our dog!! The sheer magnitude of the formations need to be seen first hand, pictures don’t do them justice! Whilst the ticket price does seem expensive, we spent a whole day there and when you break down that the price includes the two main caves, museum and Jacobs ladder with the walk and look out tower, it’s actually very reasonable and if you are a blue light holder, you can save a little more. We spent a full day at the gorge and also sampled a couple of the cafes, which were a delight! You must visit the cheese factory and cider shops on your walk through the village. Fantastic day out
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Pcbasil
    Newport, United Kingdom323 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cheddars charm
    First time of visiting found a quick Internet search and cheddar attractions for only £32 for all areas, caves, attractions. Amazing views of the gorge and areas. Definitely worth a visit not too be missed .
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 September 2023
  • BackinBracknell
    Bracknell, United Kingdom1,530 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The winding but not so long road
    Definitely do the drive through the Gorge. The road is winding and a bit narrow in places but not too bad. Watch out for the sheep and goats that tend to wander out unexpectedly into the middle of the road though! The Gorge is not very long so you can drive through in a few minutes but there are a few lay-bys where you can stop to appreciate the scale of it with the towering cliffs above and the sheer rock on both sides. However there are not many places to pull in so while it was fine when we visited on a weekday in October it would probably be a nightmare in summer or on Bank Holidays!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 October 2023
  • N H
    Newton Le Willows, United Kingdom4,415 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good geological attraction
    A nice day out with lots to do and some good places to eat. You get beautiful views of the surrounding countryside from the top but it is a bit of a climb. Part of the longleat estate and not sure the attractions are worth the price.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 January 2024
  • iamface
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom1,725 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cheddar Gorge and Batts Coombe Quarry Circular
    Did the route for Cheddar Gorge and Batts Coombe Quarry Circular, hot & sunny day. overall was enjoyable esp for the cliff top that was incredible, just some path uneven & rocky but dry that's ok. way back don't do the same path but the road instead. another view of the gorge. that's good
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 April 2024
  • Gopinath C
    Chandler’s Ford, United Kingdom22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The caves of Cheddar Gorge: a spiritual experience
    Clichés such as ‘timeless’ and ‘time stands still’ are often used to describe places. The caves of Cheddar Gorge defy such triteness. Their near ethereal splendour cannot be measured in temporal units. They are today and yesterday and tomorrow. If you ignore their physical geology, you will experience the true essence of Time. The internals of the caves are carved into extraordinary shapes by the seeping water. They look like some post-modern sculpture, every nook and cranny uniquely formed and contoured, imbued with brilliant russet and pink and green. Time has neither stood still nor negated itself. It is everywhere, the dripping water of the present, the stalagmites and stalactites of the past and present - a chain of events separated only by microseconds but strung together in millennia, and a future perhaps no different from the past - unpredictable, but with a trajectory well established. Time, dilates and contracts simultaneously like some abstruse concept in quantum physics. An illusion of reality manifests in front of you, within your grasp in one moment, and slipping out the next. You leave the caves of Cheddar Gorge, with a mind that is frantic in its attempt to find its place in this vast continuum. You wonder if Time itself is that elusive God that we argue about, the omnipresent and the omnipotent, the everlasting, the merciful and the merciless.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 May 2024
  • KdeT
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular
    No need to pay for the caves just enjoy the awesomeness of the gorge either by car or on foot. Spectacular place. Use the car parks higher up the gorge, they are free. Great selection of shops at the lower end of the gorge, car park there is £6 for all day.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 May 2024
  • Katie G
    26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cheddar gorge
    Lovely,pretty. Caves great, cliff top walk, great, mind your footing and the edges 😳 jaccobs ladder you will be feeling in your calves days after . Driving through the gorge, please keep speed down and be mindfull that goats,deers, sheep etc crossing over and blind corners block vision at first of them walking along the road ❤️ italian restaurant there lovely, we went in the week and felt like we had everything to ourselves. Wookie caves are a must see too about 15mins away.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 May 2024
  • sproink
    Atlanta, Georgia51 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely, incredibly unique Somerset landscape with typical tourist stuff
    A gorge in the middle of England?!? Sign me up! The guidebooks call it forgettable, but I completely disagree. It’s worth a hike and a cuppa on your way somewhere. It’s probably not a place I personally would come repeatedly, but I’m so pleased I saw it! The hikes were incredible. It’s school holiday time, so it was packed. Nevertheless, the trails were great even in the rain. The goats were so cool! Endless entertainment! The caves were a little overpriced for three, so we skipped them. Yes, there is a lot of the normal tourist nonsense. It is certainly no more touristy than any other gorge or canyon in the world. At least they don’t try to disguise it like some other towns further north. The visitor’s center people, whom I assume were volunteers, were monosyllabic and simply there to tick off statistics. Not actively rude, but unfriendly and no info was to be gotten. I would say it was the most useless VIC I experienced in the southwest. It was surprising enough to knock off a star. All that to say, do your homework before you go. The artist quarter (the name of an active art studio) was brilliant. Delightful people and some unique local work. I can’t really speak to the gift stores and public toilets as we had tea and used toilets at the restaurant. Public toilets where I come from are horrific, so it’s all about perspective. The stores looked like tourist traps everywhere. We were there to see the gorge, not go shopping. Just down the road towards Wells there are some fruit stands with the greatest (though not cheap) strawberries known to humankind. I grow my own, so I feel like I have some actual context. If you are driving, these are worth the splurge! In general, if you are nice to people and like the outdoors, see this beautiful Somerset landscape!
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 June 2024
  • Kim A
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cheddar gorge walk
    Forget the £6 parking, park on the stony pull ins as you drive through for free. Walk past Jacobs ladder along the road to a turning on the left which winds up past some houses and you'll see a sugn saying gorge walk. We walked the whole circuit, up the viewing tower and back down to the road again. Lovely views all round, goats along the way and the lovely weather made it. Didn't have to pay a penny and avoided all the commercialisation before returning to our car for a picnic. Unless you want to go in the caves would recommend this walk.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 June 2024
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Colleen W
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Fabulous place for all
Shops caves restaurants hiking rock climbing.
The views are incredible at bottom aswel as top if you choose not to walk up.
I highly recommend coxs cave just superb light show and beautiful inside.
I will most certainly be going back!
Written 1 July 2024
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada7,817 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We enjoyed a day trip outside of London during our trip and enjoyed our time in the Cheddar Gorge. There are some walking paths on both sides of the road but in some parts we had to walk on the road. The information centre in town has quite a few recommended hikes in the area depending on your skill level and time but we chose just to do our own loop through the gorge with limited time. If you plan on walking through the gorge you'll need a good pair of shoes and some water. The public toilets in Cheddar do not have toilet paper and some don't have working sinks to wash hands so you may want to consider bringing your own sanitizer and tissues.

Cars are permitted to drive through the gorge and it is very scenic but there are some narrow passages and drivers that enjoy stunting (i.e. revving engines, spinning tires and speeding) which took away from the experience. There is some paid parking in the gorge but from what we understand it is a little pricey. We parked up on a hill in town for 5 pounds and were happy with that.

We spent about 15 minutes driving through the gorge and an hour walking around. We enjoyed going through the town and eating cheddar and ice cream. There are lots of places to eat and souvenir shops too but they were a little pricey and close fairly early so plan accordingly. They sell Cheddar spring water in quite a few places and that was fairly affordable to help stay hydrated. The gorge isn't too far away from Stonehenge, Bristol and Bath so you could really plan some sightseeing for a few days or just a quick stop in some places.
Written 30 June 2024
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David C
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Lion rock tearoom is excellent, good menu,attentive staff, very helpful, good location, must visit and taste the excellent menu on offer
Written 25 June 2024
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Stew H
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
It’s ok - but the parking is really really expensive and the only public toilets I could find were absolutely disgusting - no toilet paper in any of them and the locks were broken and one was completely out of offer, plus the soap /water/ hand dryers weren’t working at all. Gross.
The scenery was lovely though. Drive through slowly, enjoy the view, don’t bother stopping all the shops are overpriced.
Written 23 June 2024
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Teresa W
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Disgusting situation that public toilets are all closed at Cheddar Gorge. Used to be a smashing place to visit. Most cafés are closed by 3:30/4pm even in the height of summer so where are people supposed to go? The place has really gone down hill.
Written 20 June 2024
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Kim A
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Forget the £6 parking, park on the stony pull ins as you drive through for free. Walk past Jacobs ladder along the road to a turning on the left which winds up past some houses and you'll see a sugn saying gorge walk. We walked the whole circuit, up the viewing tower and back down to the road again. Lovely views all round, goats along the way and the lovely weather made it. Didn't have to pay a penny and avoided all the commercialisation before returning to our car for a picnic. Unless you want to go in the caves would recommend this walk.
Written 18 June 2024
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sproink
Atlanta, GA51 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
A gorge in the middle of England?!? Sign me up!
The guidebooks call it forgettable, but I completely disagree. It’s worth a hike and a cuppa on your way somewhere. It’s probably not a place I personally would come repeatedly, but I’m so pleased I saw it!

The hikes were incredible. It’s school holiday time, so it was packed. Nevertheless, the trails were great even in the rain. The goats were so cool! Endless entertainment!

The caves were a little overpriced for three, so we skipped them. Yes, there is a lot of the normal tourist nonsense. It is certainly no more touristy than any other gorge or canyon in the world. At least they don’t try to disguise it like some other towns further north.

The visitor’s center people, whom I assume were volunteers, were monosyllabic and simply there to tick off statistics. Not actively rude, but unfriendly and no info was to be gotten. I would say it was the most useless VIC I experienced in the southwest. It was surprising enough to knock off a star. All that to say, do your homework before you go.

The artist quarter (the name of an active art studio) was brilliant. Delightful people and some unique local work.

I can’t really speak to the gift stores and public toilets as we had tea and used toilets at the restaurant. Public toilets where I come from are horrific, so it’s all about perspective. The stores looked like tourist traps everywhere. We were there to see the gorge, not go shopping.

Just down the road towards Wells there are some fruit stands with the greatest (though not cheap) strawberries known to humankind. I grow my own, so I feel like I have some actual context. If you are driving, these are worth the splurge!

In general, if you are nice to people and like the outdoors, see this beautiful Somerset landscape!
Written 17 June 2024
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Mathrw S
8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Went today, what a disapointment, the gorge end to end was packed with cars, more Cheddar Carpark, then gorge, finally squeezed into a spot, just after 20mins trying to find somewhere to park. The gorge entrance is full of a strange collection of shops, completely ruining the feel of it all. The biggest joke is the council has locked all the public toilets, so perhaps they expect everyone to cross their legs or deficate behind a rock ? who knows? Two shops worth visiting is the tea shop, the artist studio , on back street. If you want a photo or postcard of the gorge, no one has one, only option a fridge magnet. Compaired to National Parks in Australia its awful. wouldn't recomend this to anyone.
Written 31 May 2024
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Katie G
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Lovely,pretty. Caves great, cliff top walk, great, mind your footing and the edges 😳 jaccobs ladder you will be feeling in your calves days after . Driving through the gorge, please keep speed down and be mindfull that goats,deers, sheep etc crossing over and blind corners block vision at first of them walking along the road ❤️ italian restaurant there lovely, we went in the week and felt like we had everything to ourselves. Wookie caves are a must see too about 15mins away.
Written 26 May 2024
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Karl l
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Went to Cheddar Gorge for the weekend nice little place to look round the only problem is public toilets absolutely disgrace
Written 21 May 2024
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