Wookey Hole Caves

Where did I go: Wookey Holes Caves, Somerset, UK

When did I go: January 2015

Marketed as “Britain’s most spectacular caves”, Wookey Hole Caves is a system of limestones caves in South West England. It has an entry on the 501 Natural Wonders book (more on that on an upcoming post). It was this entry that convinced us to make a detour off the M5 to see the caves on a cold Saturday in January.  IMG_2810-0

Beautiful, mystical and surreal; there is no other way to describe these caves. The caves were formed over many thousands of years by the river Axe which winds its way through it to this day. In several caverns, the river expands in to a wide, crystal clear pool, and you find yourself looking into an endless chasm through the water, before realising that the “depth” is actually the reflection of the high cave ceilings on the water surface.

The massive caverns with imposing stalactites and stalagmites, soon makes you forget that you are hundreds of feet underground. The caves are at a constant temperature of 11 degrees C, so on a cold Saturday in January the caves are quite a warm and cozy place to be.
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The caves are illuminated with a series of light which are both cleverly placed and well-timed. A combination of Public Address system and live tour guides will tell you some of the many stories associated with the caves (the Wookey Hole witch who made her home in the caves, Alexander Pope who visited the caves and decided to shoot down some stalactites to decorate his own home, to name a few – although, the dramatisations over the PA can be a bit OTT).                   IMG_2795-0          Now, the downsides:
The cost of an entry ticket is £18.00 for an adult. There are a number of other attractions included in the ticket (dinosaur valley, King Kong, pirates crazy golf, Victorian Penny arcade, cave museum etc.). Whilst £18.00 may be considered reasonable if you want to spend a whole day here, if you only want to see a cave (like me), £18 for a 35-40 minute tour in my opinion is a bit steep (even though the caves are beautiful). It would be much better if there were two options of tickets – for those people only wanted to see the caves and those who wanted all the attractions.

Overall conclusion: I’m glad I saw the caves, but probably won’t go again – £18.00 is a bit too steep.

I’m linking this to #MondayEscapes
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3 comments

  1. Wookey Hole is somewhere I’d really like to visit. We are big fans of show caves and this one looks to be presented in quite a different way to others we’ve been to. I agree with you that it would be good to have two ticket tariffs. Thanks so much for linking up with #MondayEscapes

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  2. Wow. This looks awful. I mean, the caves themselves look wonderful but it’s a pity about the supplementary “attractions” and a shame that such a beautiful natural phenomenon has been so ruthlessly exploited for commercial gain. Looking at their website, I see that prices have gone up again since your visit. If I went there today with my family I wouldn’t get much change from 100 quid. No thanks.

    Thanks for the post though!

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    1. Hi Daisy, Thank you for stopping by and for the comment. Completely agree with you. Although it didn’t feel like a total rip off, it didn’t feel like value for money either!

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