We took our 3 grandchildren 9, 6 and 3 years old to Cheddar Cave and Gorge yesterday 6th April 2014.
There were plenty of car parks when we arrive about 11.15 and we decided to park at the gorge end near the main entrance to Gough’s cave. The car parking fee is £5 regardless how long, and in which car park you are staying.
The family day ticket was £57.50 for 2 adults and 2 children, under 5’s get free entry. It is valid for entry to Gough’s cave, Cox’s Cave and the Museum of Prehistory. Day tickets are also include free audio tour for Gough’s Cave, 274 steps to lookout tower, and 3 mile cliff top walk, and a ride on the open top bus through the gorge.
The gentleman in the ticket office was very friendly and professional, and explained that they will stamp the ticket as we enter the different attractions, and if we cannot do everything on the day we can come back any time to use it up, up to 10 years. Now that’s what I call service.
The older children had great fun in Gough’s Cave listening to the audio handsets and looking out for the cat and the witch. They loved the Chrystal Quest in Cox’s Cave; however it was a bit frightening for the little one, so I waited outside while the girls stayed with granddad listening to the story of the dragon.
In the museum you could learn the history about the place, how the caveman lived and hunted, and how our ancestors survived the ice age. There was lots of interesting facts, and the children could paint on a glass wall, and they though it was brilliant.
We also managed to do the bus ride. It takes about 20 minutes, with spectacular views of the gorge, and a commentary about the history.
We did not do the 274 steps as it is very steep or the gorge walk; we will come back only us adults in the summer.
It is a bit pricey, however if you can make it a full day visit, it is not that bad. You can go and watch how they make the cheddar cheese, some of it actually maturing in Gough’s Cave. You could have a picnic, walk the gorge, and have a coffee or lunch in many of the coffees. Also there is real caving and rock climbing for the more adventures. Enjoy.