REVIEW: Wookey Hole Caves
95 years ago, a cave nestled in the middle of the somerset countryside opened to the public - fast forward to now and you have the fantastic Wookey Hole! This is an action-packed, full-on family day out that never gets old.
Wookey Hole is packed with exciting features that will keep the kids busy all day long including dinosaurs, witches, and cavernous caves along with so much more.
If you want a chance to see/do everything… arrive as soon as they open and stay till they close as this really is a FULL day out but you really do get a lot of bang for your buck on the ticket price.
Along with the business-as-usual features above, they also hold an array of seasonal events such as Halloween trails, Christmas winter wonderlands and even comedy nights. There is also an onsite restaurant serving chips, burgers and pastries throughout the day to keep hunger at bay while you decide what to do next.
I would recommend taking good walking shoes/trainers to wear here as the caves are dark and slippery. You do have to duck to get through some of the tunnels but they really are the jewel in the crown here and, if you can manage them, they are breathtaking. You can also see where the world-famous Cheddar Cave cheeses are matured (I highly recommend buying some at the end as it’s delicious but also worth noting that it’s NOT suitable for vegetarians)
You can bypass the caves if you don’t fancy them and are not suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs or anyone not able to do a bit of light climbing BUT if you CAN manage them (it’s very kid friendly) then I would highly recommend starting your Wookey Hole experience there.
Upon exit of the caves, you are led through the Wookey Hole Enchanted Gardens, through the dinosaurs and under the giant gorilla (you can’t miss him) into the 4D cinema, cave diving museum and theatre where a local circus school performs throughout the day and are fantastic. This is ALL included in your entry price!
You then have a chance to explore the papermill and try your hand at papermaking and grab a bite to eat. There is an extensive old-fashioned amusement park onsite too (for some of the machines, you will need to exchange modern money for old-fashioned pennies) but some of these machines are over 100 years old and are simply beautiful.
Don’t get mad if you put money in some of them and they either malfunction or simply do not work… they really are VERY old. My personal favourites are the fortune tellers where you get dispensed a card with your fortune on at the end and also the old-fashioned pinball machine.
The mirror maze and warped mirrors on the wall throughout make for some fun, family photos and good old-fashioned fun where you will walk straight into a mirror that you swore wasn’t a wall and then have a mild panic about how you will actually get out of there but it’s all in a good days fun.
Honestly, there is so much packed into Wookey Hole, everywhere you turn but it is full of history and retro wonderment that no matter when you visit, you could be there in the 70’s or in 2022 and you will still have a similar, fantastic day out.
Find out more about Wookey Hole Caves HERE!