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WOOKEY HOLE CAVES,
Nr. Wells. Tel: (01749) 672243.
Open 7 days a week. Summer: 10am-5pm (last tour). Winter: 10.30am-4.30pm (last tour). Closed 17th-25th December inclusive.
Comfortable self-service restaurant and fully licensed bar. Free riverside parking. Attractive picnic areas. Mothers and babies room. Gift shops and special shop selling handmade paper gifts. Disabled facilities and wheelchair access, except to the caves.

Discover what lies beneath the beautiful Mendip Hills. Over millions of years the powerful waters of the River Axe have channelled their way through the limestone creating a bewitching underground landscape of fantastic rock formations and incredible caverns. Since the first cave dive in 1935, further explorations have led to 25 caverns being discovered. Light and sound effects are used to bring the caves’ natural wonders to life, including the ancient legend of Witch of Wookey Hole. You might be surprised to see cheese in the caves, but the constant temperature and stable conditions create an ideal place for locally produced cheese to mature. The idea is not new – the caves were first used for this purpose by the Romans.

But Wookey is not just about caves. There is a huge collection of end-of-the-pier amusements in the Old Penny Arcade. Change your money for real old pennies and have some old-fashioned fun. Get lost in the baffling Magical Mirror Maze, and be amazed at the strange effects of the distorting mirrors. Fine handmade paper has been made at Wookey Hole papermills for 400 years. You can watch the experts at work or have a go yourself. The Ravine of the River Axe is a wonderful place to enjoy wildlife including rare plants and animals. In partnership with English Nature the ravine has been opened up so that visitors can experience the beauty of this special habitat.

 

For further information about Wells, including a free visitor pack, please contact the Wells Tourist Information Centre.

 

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