In the heart of the Mendip Hills lies a small town by the name of Cheddar. Famous for its namesake cheese and beautiful scenery, this charming town is surrounded by its most popular attraction, Cheddar Gorge. This vast multi-attraction is a favourite with tourists of all ages, delighting adventurers and sightseers alike. Take a look at our guides below on how to make the most of your time on your visit to Cheddar and ensure you see the best this stunning location has to offer.
2 Hours – Time is of the essence on a quick stop, but you can still see some great sights so let’s get going! A visit to the Gorge is likely to start with Gough’s cave situated behind the ticket booths. These are well worth a look but skip the audio guide to save those precious minutes. Wander down to the town in the heart of the Gorge for an ice-cream and admire the surrounding sky-high view. If you are feeling energetic, take a trip up Jacob’s Ladder to Lookout Tower for a view of the Mendip Hills from the top of the Gorge.
4 Hours – The audio guide for Gough’s cave is full of some great information told with humour by Mr Gough and his wife. The estimated visiting time following the guide is 40 minutes, but we managed it in a speedy 25 mins. Cheddar town is a joy to walk around, so take a few minutes to explore the main streets. Visit the Cheddar Cheese Co to sample some local produce, try a Jam Doughnut ince-cream or look for the town’s Marshmallow shop for some sugary delights. Finally, a trip to Cheddar would not be complete without a hike for some hilltop views. A steady uphill walk to Horseshoe bend will take 45-1 hour each way and will give you a prime position for a photogenic view of both the Gorge and Somerset’s Mendip Hills around.
Day Trip – Cheddar Gorge offers some fab options for more adrenalin-seeking visitors with Climbing and Abseiling topping the list. Prices are available from the ticket office and generally activities will only take an hour or two of your day. Check out the Dreamhunters exhibition to learn about early man in this multi-media exhibition. before crossing the road and heading to the nearby Museum of Prehistory. Change to your hiking boots to take the two hour walk around the entirety of the Gorge clifftops and stop for a picnic at one of the outstanding viewpoints along the way. If the weather takes a grey turn, the Cliff top bus runs during the Summer months to various points around the Gorge.
A ticket to all the attractions at Cheddar Gorge and Caves is £19.95 for Adults and £13.95 for Children with discounts for tickets bought online.
Nearby attractions – Wookey Hole, Glastonbury Tor.