We took a day trip to Cheddar in Somerset. It is a village after which Cheddar cheese is named after. We pre-booked online tickets for the gorge and caves which gave us 15% off ticket prices. It gave access to the 5 different attractions in Cheddar - Gough's Cave, Dreamhunters at Cox Cave, Museum of Pre-history, Cliff Top Gorge Walk and The Lookout Tower.
We started our morning at Simply Gorgeous for breakfast. It was a lovely little quaint cafe which served delicious breakfast meals with vegetarian and vegan options. It was well decorated in cottage style finishings with memorabilia and momentos.
After breakfast, we made our first attraction stop at Dreamhunters at Cox Caves. It was a 15 minute walkthrough of a cave guided by projections of images, videos and commentary of early man. I personally felt that this attraction could have been missed. Prior to entering the cave, we were told there were going to be 4D effects with animals jumping out at us in 3D. It was definitely underwhelming. Perhaps a self walkthrough the saves would have been better.
The next stop we made was to Jacob's Ladder which led to the Cliff Top Gorge Walk. Once reaching the top of the cliff, we were greeted with stunning views over the gorge. There was a sign for a 2 hour walk to the other end. We didn't actually bother making it all around, turning around after 30 minutes to exit down Jacob's ladder.
Whilst walking towards Gough's Cave, we stopped off at Lion Rock Tea Room for an afternoon snack. I got a serve of fruit scone served with clotted cream and jam and a pot of tea. It was delicious. The tea room was so beautiful. We sat out in the courtyard upstairs surrounded by lush greenery. If you find yourself in Cheddar, definitely pay a visit to this little tea room for a break. If I'm not wrong, Lion Rock Tea Room was also rated number 1 restaurant/cafe in Cheddar!
Located just across the road from Gough's Caves was the Museum of Pre-history. We didn't actually go in but I'm sure it's worth the quick walkthrough as it is part of the ticket. Gough's Cave would be the main attraction of Cheddar. It is a huge cave at a constant temperature of 11 degrees all year round which makes it the perfect place for storage of Cheddar Cheese. In these caves is where they store Cheddar Cheese to age. It is a self walkthrough with a guided audio tour. To be honest, I'm not a big fan of audio tours as most of the time they can be quite boring and long. However I have to say that this audio tour of Gough's Cave was entertaining, not long-winded and kept my attention.
That concludes our day in Cheddar. The best part of the ticket package would have to be Gough Caves. Jacobs Ladder and the Cliff Top Gorge Walk was also really good for the spectacular views. On a sunny day, it's definitely worth packing a little picnic to take and have on the cliff. I personally would say skip the Dreamhunters at Cox Cave and the Museum of Pre-history if you want to have a succinct day at Cheddar.