Wookey Hole Caves

Exploring the Wookey Hole Caves, Somerset

We recently spent the Easter holidays in Somerset, near Cheddar and were keen to explore family friendly attractions in the local area. Friends had recommended a day out at Wookey Hole Caves to us, so we took the opportunity on a sunny day to visit.

On our way into the attraction Mini met the Wookey Witch, the main character behind the caves, which we found more about on the cave tour later.

Wookey Hole Caves

Our visit started with a guided tour of the Wookey Hole Caves themselves, the main attraction for the visit. As we visited in the Ester Holidays it was fairy busy and we had to queue for around 25 minutes before entering the caves as groups are let in at staged intervals.

Our tour guide was knowledgeable and entertaining and explained both the geological features of the cave and also the legend of the Wookey Witch. The tour lasted around 30 minutes which was just right to keep Mini’s attention. There were some small gaps to navigate through which may not be suitable for those with limited mobility or who may feel claustrophobic in small spaces.

After the cave tour we were free to explore the rest of the attractions and enjoy the sun shine. First we explored the valley of the Dinosaurs and Mini enjoyed getting up close to the huge King Kong. There was also a fairy garden to enjoy.

Wookey Hole Caves

We had our picnic outside and tried to name the species of Dinosaurs that we could see. As it was Easter time Mini was also given a Easter trail to complete around the attraction, she had to find hidden eggs with letters to reveal the secret word, which she happily exchanged for a chocolate egg at the end of the day.

Wookey Hole Caves

We then went to explore the Wookey Witch’s laboratory which started as an interactive experience led by the Witch’s Bat friend. We were then guided into the next part of the experience where a 4D Cinema played an Ice Age show. The show was fun and the special effects were some of the best I’ve seen at a 4D show. That being said it felt very disjointed and didn’t follow on from the Witches story and left us all feeling a bit confused.

Mini then asked to play in the Wizard’s Castle soft play, she enjoyed this however it was getting pretty busy and hectic by this point in the day. The soft play was next to the café which served hot drinks and snacks.

During the school holidays there was a circus show as part of the attraction put on by local performers who train at the Wookey Hole Caves circus school. We all really enjoyed the show and thought the performers did a fantastic job.

Wookey Hole Caves

After the circus show Mini wanted to go back to the play area and it had become much quieter by this point so was able to play more easily. The final part of our visit was to explore the Victorian Penny Arcade, which was a large collection of traditional games machines to play, we had to exchange money for old money to play the games.

At the end of the visit there was the opportunity to play Pirate adventure golf, which was included in the price of the ticket however, the queues were too big and we decided to head home instead as we were pretty tired from our day of exploring.

Wookey Hole Caves

We had a good family day out at Wookey Hole Caves, I enjoyed learning more about the history and geology of the caves. Mini said that her favourite part was the circus. Overall I did feel that the day didn’t always flow or have a clear theme, there was a mix of very modern parts and then more traditional and some tired areas that could benefit from some TLC.

I feel that the price for the attraction was at the higher end of similar attractions in the local area, we spent around 4 hours in total for our visit.

You can get up to date ticket and visitor information directly from Wookey Hole Caves here.

Whilst on our holiday  to Somerset we also enjoyed days out to The Wild Place Project and We The Curious Museum (Bristol), both of which we thought were brilliant family days out.

Disclaimer: We were provided with reduced price entrance for the purposes of a review, all views and opinions are entirely my own.

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10 thoughts on “Exploring the Wookey Hole Caves, Somerset

  1. Coombe Mill (Fiona) (@coombemill) says:

    I’ve always fancied a visit and had no idea there was so much more there than just the caves. That said it is the caves themselves that would interest me. It sounds a bit of a shame the history of the caves isn’t continued more in the bolt on attractions, but it sounds like they have pitched it right for kids to enjoy.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

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