This attraction is really only designed for very young children (4-8 years old) with seldom for anyone else. The cave is OK, but incorporates theatrics and an exaggerated story, which for adults and more mature children seems a bit tacky. However, the guide does touch on some interesting facts and endeavours to cater for the group – which can be quite large in numbers (our group totalled approximately 30 people).
The cave has some really interesting scenes and contains a flowing river which can be viewed in several chambers, as well as a storage facility for maturing cheese (just a display and not actively used). The cave has been manipulated to accommodate visitors which have both negatives and positives:
Negatively speaking are the many theatrical lights and effects to enhance the story told;
Positively speaking are the walkways across various chambers and the flowing river which allows easy access and good views.
The walk through the cave is relatively easy with its exit being lower than the entrance which decreases the amount of stairs to ascend, but some of the paths and descending stairs are wet and slippery – just take care.
One further problem was the inconsiderate parents taking babies with them into the caves. We had one such couple who was diplomatically convinced by the tour guide to leave as the baby continually cried causing a disturbance and hindering the story that was trying to be told. What were these parents thinking, that a baby would enjoy a dark, cold and possibly scary cave with lighting effects and lots of strangers huddled close together..?
The remainder of the site contains;
1) a dinosaur display area (OK for the very young) with average statues, set amongst a fairly nice garden area
2) a theatre showing a documentary on the history of the cave dives performed here (which could be interesting to the more mature and adults)
3) an amusement arcade (to spend more money in)
4) an indoor children’s playground (again suited only for the very young)
5) a small hall of mirrors
6) a mini golf course of 9 holes built around a pirate theme which can be enjoyed by older children and adults (but at an additional cost for adults and kids 3.50 / 1.50 GBP)
7) panning for gold (again at an additional cost – unknown as we didn’t partake in it)
Now there could be one or two things I’ve missed out, but as we wanted to play a game of golf before heading off to Cheddar Gorge & Caves, we raced through these other attractions. (NB: These other attractions are set out in such a way that after visiting the cave you must pass through these and we felt that the exiting procedure was complicated and poorly signed – notwithstanding the fire exits, where at one stage I was tempted to use due to the difficulty in leaving.)
There are also two eateries located on the property. We used “The Big Top” and were thoroughly disgusted by the quality of the food and the price, especially as you had to partially help yourself. This place is a rip off and you are far better off bringing something with you, then enduring the muck that they serve.
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