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“Good fun for really young kids, but a bit silly for adults”
Review of Wookey Hole Caves

Wookey Hole Caves
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Owner description: A series of caves that sheltered Stone Age people.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 11 August 2011

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.

1  Thank DJEargasm
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Reviewed 9 August 2011

Brought the grand kids, 2yrs and 5yrs to Wookey Hole. We had not visited since our children were young, so a while back.
Arrived shortly after opening time and there was hardly any queue considering peak season on a nice day.
The changes that have been made since our last visit were excellent. Surprisingly not too tacky.
Even though the kids were young they appear to be enthralled with the whole site and it was a full days worth.
They enjoyed the cave and the tour guide made it all the more interesting with her tales.
The circus amazed them, even though the youngest was a bit scared to start with.
The hall of mirrors kept them well occupied and even the adults enjoyed it.
I know this sounds like an advert, but having been to many locations this was the most impressive for keeping ther kids entertained. However, as usual with these location we would recommend a picnic.
Well done Wookey Hole.

2  Thank camper11-11
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Reviewed 7 August 2011

The place was disappointing . The caves were quite good but the rest of the place was like Great Yarmouth on wheels! Not what we were expecting at all. Luckily for us a couple who had had an argument sold us their entry tickets for a tenner and we only paid for the kids! Good job or I'd have been asking for it back! The witch was disappointing, we expected a hag not a lovely young lady.No disrespect to her but after all the hype and stories you don't expect a glamour puss to have lived here! She was lovely, posed for pictures and had a wicked cackle! The highlight was seeing the bones in the museum of said witch!! We ad difficulty navigating our way out of the place it felt like they'd trapped you in the arcaade to spend money!! Hated it!

2  Thank Torchythetourist
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Reviewed 7 August 2011

We decided to make our own minds up about Wookey Hole despite the poor reviews. Sadly, we agree with all of the previous. Wookey Hole is ridiculously expensive for what it is. We went for a hotel and Caves deal so didn't pay the gate price (if you pay the gate price I think you will feel very cheated). The caves are so beautiful, our guide was great and glad we saw them. Once outside the fairy gardens are pretty and fit in well with the magical feel of Wookey caves. You then come across a huge gorilla and then into the dinosaur area - sorry Wookey but you have ruined it now, next random thing was a huge Incredible Hulk and a huge red rabbit - too random. It feels all wrong, and also feels like the owners have a cheap deal with a fibre glass model maker. What a shame Wookey owners didn't go all for the witches and wizards magical theme as this would have worked.
We stayed at the hotel for 2 nights and the hotel was excellent it was clean and family friendly and the staff were excellent. The restaurant was as we expected too.
We probably won't be visiting again which is a shame because I feel the caves are fantastic. If you visit you don't need a whole day - probably 2-3 hours at most (and that includes stopping for a small cup of tea at £1.60).

6  Thank Sussexperson72
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Reviewed 23 July 2011

I have visited Wookey Hole many times during my child hood and it was always somewere I enjoyed going. Because of this we decided to take our three year old son to visit. The caves are decent enough but other than a few dinosaur models and a kids play area there really isnt much value for the very high entry price you pay. The adventure golf looked good but after paying for entry I objected to paying an extra £9.50 to use it so we didnt. It is a real shame but the attraction does not in any way justify the £16 per adult and £11 per child price tag.

4  Thank tpow7674
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