Cheddar Caves & Gorge

Cheddar Showcaves - Gough’s Cave

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Cheddar Gorge. Steep limestone cliffs containing numerous caves.
One of the numerous caves in Cheddar Gorge.
Location: A371 between Weston-super-Mare and Wells.
M5 to J22, follow brown tourist signs up the A38 to Cheddar.
Open: JAN to JUN daily 10:30-17, last tour 16:30.
JUL, AUG daily 10-17:30, last tour 17.
SEP to DEC daily 10:30-17, last tour 16:30.
Closed 24-DEC, 25-DEC.
Fee: Caves & Gorge Explorer Ticket: Adults GBP 11.50, Children (5-15) GBP 8.50, Children (0-5) free, Family (2+2) GBP 31.50.
Groups (20+): Adults GBP 9.25, Children (5-15) GBP 6.50, Children (0-5) free.
Adventure Caving: Adults GBP 16, Children (11-17) GBP 12.50.
Climbing & Abseiling: Adults GBP 16, Children (11-17) GBP 12.50.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: L=550m
Guided tours: L=550 m, St=100, D=45 min. V=260,000/a [2000]
Bibliography: Timeless Cheddar Caves, guide book, available at caves.
Address: Cheddar Caves & Gorge, Cheddar Gorge, Somerset BS27 3QF, Tel: +44-1934-742343, Fax: +44-1934-744637
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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1837 Cox's Cave discovered by Mr George Cox during a quarrying operation.
1837 Cox's Cave opened to the public.
1895 ExplainE.A. Martel, visited Cox's Cave and declared that "out of 600 caves, Cox's was admired the most".
1898 Gough's Cave discovered by Mr R. C. Gough.
1899 Gough's Cave opened to the public.


Cheddar Gorge is a beautiful valley with a typical karst character. It has many caves and other karst features. Limestone cliffs reach up 150 m from the valley floor and the road leading down the valley is steep, narrow and winding. The caves are located at the lower end of the gorge, near the town of Cheddar.

The Cheddar Caves & Gorge actually are two caves, the larger Gough's Cave, and Cox's Cave. The tour includes both caves and also the Cheddar Man Museum, a Dungeons & Dragons Adventure called the Crystal Quest, Jacob's Ladder, Pavey's Lookout Tower and an open top Bus tour of Cheddar Gorge. Some older descriptions notice a third cave, Waterfall Cave, which is today the place of the Crystal Quest. In fact, it is a part of Cox's Cave.

Further on up the gorge are several small wild caves accessible in the gorge, some can be visited easily. Take a torch with you and be carefull.

The name Cheddar is always connected with the Cheddar cheese. And really, this is the place where the cheese comes from. And to make it complete, the cheese is really much connected to the karst: the karst areas are not suitable for more than feeding cows, and the caves and cellars in the limestone are an ideal place to store and mature the cheese.