Wookey Hole Caves
...the most spectacular caves and plenty of fun and mystery too!
Not just caving but a whole day or more of events and attractions to keep all ages amused, entertained, enthralled and you may even learn a thing or two along the way.
Make sure you book a day or two in your Somerset stay for Wookey Hole Caves and attractions and you will have a spectacular time.
The caves were formed by the River Axe eroding the limestone rocks of the Mendip Hills with underground streams passing through other caves such as Swildon’s Hole and St Cuthbert’s Swallet.
Archaeological excavations in the mid 19th century by William Boyd Dawkins centred around the Hyena’s Den area and found evidence of Palaeolithic Mans use of the caves. The entrance, Witch’s kitchen, Hell’s ladder and the Badger Hole were later excavated by Herbert E Balch in the early 20th century with findings of 3rd century roman coins and flint implements. With advances in underwater breathing apparatus excavators were able to penetrate deeper underground and further work was carried out by E J Mason and G R Morgan later in the 20th century.
Much more of these interesting finds and details of the caves and surrounding area can be found in the caves museum.
The caves themselves consist of:
Cathedral Cave – a 100ft high cavern with green water around 70ft deep. The walls are red with iron oxide and shine with stalactite formations.
Hyenas Den – a group of small caves down the canal path including Hyenas Den, Badger Hole, and Rhinoceros Hole where a 30cm thick layer of animal bones were discovered in the 19th century. It is believed that hyena’s, and even humans of the time, drove their prey off the cliffs to kill them, hence the amount of bones.
Witch’s Kitchen – the legend of the Witch and her kitchen. Legend has it that in the Dark Ages and woman living in the caves was believed to be a witch and the local people blamed her for everything that went wrong. A monk sent from Glastonbury Abbey entered the caves and found her stooping over her cooking pot and turned her to stone with river water he had blessed and she remains there to this day.
Witch’s Parlour – a cavern of dissolved limestone that has formed great stalagmites, dripping stalactites and curtains and waterfalls of shining crystalline stone.
Please note that the caves are cold even on the hottest days so please bring along a warm top to wear.
Outside of the caves there are plenty of attractions and events to entertain and amuse all ages including:
- Life sized dinosaurs
- Wookey Hole Circus Show
- Pirate Island Adventure Golf
- Victorian Penny Arcade
- Magical Mirror Maze
- Pirates of the River Axe
- Fairy Garden
- Hand-made Paper Mill
- Caves Museum
- Monster Mill
- Wookey Witch
- Cave-aged Cheese
- ...and much more...
There is so much to do a day may not be enough! The surrounding area of Wookey, such as Ebbor Gorge, and the delightful city of Wells are also wonderful places to visit, wander and soak up the geology, the history and the beauty.
There are plenty of events throughout the year including easter duck racing, Santaland and Christmas Circus, the Witches tea party and Halloween ghost tours among others. The caves are also available for educational visits.
7 days a week - 10 am and 5pm during April to October,
- 10 am to 4 pm during November, February and March,
- weekends and school holidays during Dec and Jan
- closed Christmas day and Boxing day.
There is ample free car parking for visitors.
For further details on all the amazing activities, current entry prices and to get some great online booking discounts please visit the Caves website – see external links.
Tel: 01749 672 243
Other attractions in the area:
Cheddar Caves and Gorge
King Johns Hunting Lodge
Royal Bath and West Showground
East Somerset Railway
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015