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Explore Cheddar Gorge & the Local Area
Cheddar Woods Resort & Spa is in an ideal location to discover so many of the natural and historical wonders of the South West. Whether you’re looking to expand your cultural horizon by visiting The Roman Baths, or you’re eager to explore the depths of the world famous Cheddar Gorge, Cheddar really does cater to everyone’s tastes.
Recommended Local Attractions
Just a couple of miles up the road from Cheddar Woods Resort & Spa is the famous Cheddar Gorge, which was named the second greatest natural wonder in Britain in a Radio Times poll back in 2005.
This is home to the world famous caves where the ‘Cheddar Man’ was found in 1903. It is estimated that he was 9,000 years old, and is still the oldest complete human skeleton which has been found in the UK. The caves are still open for exploration, and are a popular attraction with children and adults alike.
There are various other attractions on the Gorge including a museum dedicated to the history of the Cheddar Man and of course the Cliff-top Gorge Walk and The Lookout Tower, both of which offer unrivalled views of the surrounding area. You can also take advantage of an open top bus tour up to the top of the Gorge itself.
If Cheddar Gorge doesn’t quench your appetite for caves, you can also visit Wookey Hole with its spectacular limestone caverns. This is very much a child focused destination with various other attractions at the facility including the Victorian Penny Arcade, Pirate Island Adventure Golf and also the Wookey Witch.
“For the Greater Good…”
One place which we highly recommend visiting is the cathedral city of Wells which has a plethora of attractions, museums and quaint local shops. It is a beautiful little city which is the perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon, taking advantage of the many high quality food establishments and exploring the historic wonders including the Bishops Palace which was built around 1210.
The cult 2007 hit film Hot Fuzz, starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Martin Freeman was shot here. Why not take a wander around Wells and see how many of the landmarks from the film you can see. The only Wells attraction which didn’t feature in the film was the Cathedral which was digitally erased from shots so that the fictional village could not be considered a city.
Another popular nearby destination is Glastonbury, which is actually a rather beautiful quaint town when it isn’t playing host to one of the UK’s largest music festivals. Why not pay a visit and take advantage of the local gift shops, and also Glastonbury Abbey which was built by the Saxons in the 7th century.
If you would prefer a seaside destination, you could instead head down to Weston-Super-Mare, which really has a traditional British seaside feel to it. Here you will find something for people of all ages, and kids are sure to have hours of fun playing on the beach or strolling down the Grand Pier.
Animal lovers are in luck if they stay at Cheddar Woods, with a number of nearby attractions to take advantage of.
One of the most popular is Longleat Safari Park, which became the first safari park outside of Africa when it was opened in 1966. This is now one of the most popular safari parks in the UK with over 500 animals on park including monkeys, lions, giraffes and elephants.
At Longleat you will also find a stunning stately home with its own World War 1 Exhibition, which is still occupied by Alexander Thynn, the 7th Marquess of Bath. The kids will also be kept happy with the various adventure park features including Penguin Island, Postman Pat Village and the Bat Cave.
While in the area, animal enthusiasts may also like to visit Bristol Zoo, which is the fifth oldest Zoo in the world, having first opened its doors in 1836. The zoo has saved over 175 species from extinction during this time and has a range of animals on display including Red Pandas.
Ask the Cheddar Woods Staff
Still not sure where to go? Our helpful staff have everything you need to know about what to see and do in Somerset. Simply drop by reception and we’ll do our very best to help you decide how to enjoy your holiday away with us.