Wookey Hole, in the Mendip Hills in Somerset promises over 20 attractions so we were looking forward to a fun and educational day with lots to do, from exploring underground caves and enjoying the outdoor park and grounds. The park is set in the Axe river gorge and is very picturesque.
Author: Helen Bolton
*disclaimer. Helen and her family received complimentary tickets for the purpose of this review
The Caves at Wookey Hole
We started off our visit with a tour of the cave system which takes about an hour. A guided tour is the only way you can visit the cave system and the tours run regularly throughout the day but can be very busy in summer.
Our guide introduced us to some of the myths and legends of witches living in the cave and that the caves were inhabited from the Iron Age. The caves are lit so you can see the amazing cavern formations and the beautiful underground lake. A new chamber of the cave system was opened this year to the public for the very first time.
You even get to see a cheese storage area, which is a little smelly to say the least! Cheese is matured in the cave because of the constant cool temperature.
The caves are extraordinary to see but because the River Axe flows through the cave the footing is sloping and slippery in places. You need to be able to bend low to get through some parts of the tour so it is not suitable if you have walking or mobility difficulties. Wheelchairs and buggies are not permitted in the caves, but if you can go on the cave tour, you will not be disappointed!
If you’re the more adventurous kind of person you can book a Wild Wookey Caving Experience to abseil and climb some of the harder to reach cave passages (only available for teens and upwards). Prices start from £49.99. Not for the faint-hearted!
Other attractions at Wookey Hole
After winding our way through the cave we entered out into the valley bottom of the park where the river leaves the caves. From here you can make your way back through the park on one of two routes. One has walkway has steps and the other is flat and wheelchair and buggy friendly with a ramp and also makes its way past a prehistoric cave!
The park is beautifully landscaped and called the Mystic Fairy Garden, decorated with magical fairy and elf sculptures and lots to see.
Further down the park you can pose under a huge King Kong gorilla sculpture and look at the dinosaurs. Educational signs explain which type of dinos they are and some of them even move and roar. In the centre of the park is a refreshment kiosk with benches if you need a drink or ice-cream.
Wookey Hole Caves and Attractions Day Out Review
We ate our sandwiches on picnic benches by the Monster Mill main building in the centre of the grounds which houses lots of activities and things to see. The Witch’s Laboratory Show and Ice Age 4D film runs every 20 minutes throughout the day. There is a hall next door showing a film of the Wookey Hole Cave System and the fearless cave-divers who first discovered them. My husband and I found this film fascinating.
The Monster Mill building has a more fun family-friendly Pavilion Circus Seaside entertainment theme with a Hall of Mirrors, a Mirror Maze, a Victorian One Penny Arcade, and a merry-go-round. There’s also an indoor play area next to the Witch’s Kitchen cafe and a ball fight play area for bigger kids. We took a short break while our son had a play.
Wookey Hole Circus Show
The Wookey Hole Circus Show is a must-see during your visit. The performance hall is themed like a traditional Big Top with tiered seating so everyone gets a good view. A troupe of budding young circus performers amazed us with their juggling, balancing and acrobatic skills. There are three daily circus performances by the Gerry Cottle Circus School at weekends and Bank Holidays (check the times on the website).
On some days you too can have a go at circus performing at a workshop and there are many seasonal events happening throughout the year. Coming up is a Winter Wonderland and New Year’s Eve Party.
More attractions at Wookey Hole
Wookey Hole is educational as well as fun and has a varied historical background, from the prehistoric cave system to the history and industry of paper-making. We watched a paper-making demonstration and volunteers can also have a go (Incidentally, St Cuthberts Mill, famous for the production of artist watercolour paper is situated less than a mile away from Wookey Hole).
To finish our day off we explored the large gift shop filled with local produce like cave-aged wine and cheese and mythical, magical range of giftware, gemstones, games and toys. Our final stop was the Pirate Adventure Crazy Golf. We had to wait a while in a queue before we got to play because it was good weather, but the golf game was fun and we learnt about some famous pirates!
Wookey Hole has lots to discover and there is something there for everyone. You can even book a holiday at the Wookey Hole Resort. One building has a roof shaped like a witch’s hat! As with a lot of parks, if you know when you want to visit, book online before you go to get a good discount, but check the website for opening times.
Prices start from £13.55 and under 3s are free.
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