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Cheddar Caves & Gorge, Cheddar

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England's oldest complete human skeleton, affectionately nicknamed Cheddar Man, was found in the caves at Cheddar Caves & Gorge in 1903. These caves are still a popular point of interest in the area. In fact, scientists continue to study the physical environment of the caves in an area called the Cheddar Complex, where there are biological phenomenon unique to its location. It has been suggested that Cox's and Gough's caves were both sites of prehistoric cheese making. Cheddar cheese is still made in the lower part of the gorge, so be sure to stop by a local shop to taste a few bites. Before your shopping trip, work up an appetite by rock climbing or by walking along Jacob's Ladder on the gorge's upper crest, where you'll find the best views. A visit to the Cheddar Man Museum will yield a comprehensive explanation of the prehistoric activity in the Gorge, the history of Cheddar Man's discovery, and views of remains found inside the caves. Our Cheddar itinerary planner makes visiting Cheddar Caves & Gorge and other Cheddar attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • We went to Cheddar whilst staying in the area. Purchased our tickets through Tesco Clubcard - follow the emailed instructions, book 24 hours in advance and save some money. Gough's Cave is great - we ...  more »
  • This was a return to Cheddar Gorge after over 10 years and it was wonderful to see that little had changed and many of the local businesses were still thriving. It was £5 to park all day and this allo...  more »
  • Only visited one cave. Very expensive to visit all the attractions. If you are oap you can get reduced price but only to visit one cave - but you do get a 'free' Costa coffee and cake when you exit. E...  more »