Region: South West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Cheddar Gorge, , Somerset BS27 3QF

Contact: 01934 742343



Britain’s biggest gorge with cliff top walks, underground caverns of Gough’s and Cox’s Caves, prehistory museum and open-top bus tours.  Cheddar makes for a truly experiential day out for students.  Secondary students come to us to enhance their geography and business studies, Primary students for Stone Age and rock topics.

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

Cheddar Gorge and Caves is a great venue for an educational visit as students can see for themselves the theory they learn about.  What is the power of water/what can it do? – cut a path through rock to create a magnificent gorge and spectacular caves.  How did our early ancestors live? – see their tools and weapons. How does a business operate? – experience our customer service and hear about our marketing strategies.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

Many groups visit Cheddar and lead their own activities but a visit can be enhanced by specialist talks, tours and demonstrations for primary, secondary and further/higher education students. Included in your ticket price is entry to the various attractions and a general cave tour.

Specialist talks

Our guides are available to give talks on subjects such as the formation of the gorge and caves, tourism in Cheddar, marketing strategies or on the ecology and wildlife.  In many cases these can be tailored to more specifically meet the needs of individual schools.

Studying the Stone Age

Children can visit Gough's Cave, one of Britain's most important and fascinating Stone Age sites and our museum to see the wealth of real life artefacts.  You can opt for our new primary activity package with one of our demonstrators bringing prehistoric activities to life. Teachers can attend pre visits, tailored CPD and access teaching resources for before, during and after a visit.

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Outdoor Adventure

We offer both rock climbing and caving trips for students of 11 years and over.

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This venue has the following accreditation:

We hold both AALA Adventure Mark for caving and climbing and the LOtC Quality Badge.


What size groups do they cater for?


What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

We a have a series of factsheets and a new Prehistory Teachers Pack. These are available in electronic form and can be sent to teachers.

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

Yes photos, etc can be taken and no copyright restrictions.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

Risk assessment guidance can be downloaded from the education pages of our website.  Teachers can pre book a recce visit to come and plan their trip.  

What are the contact details for their education officer?

A number of our guides work with visiting school groups.  For all education queries please email or ring 01934 742343

What does it cost?

2015 price per student is £8.50 with a ratio 1:10 free adults.  Talks and live demonstrators have an additional charge please see website for details.

Is specific clothing required?

It is important to make sure clothing is suitable for the weather and that sensible footwear is worn.


Do you have first aid on site?

Qualified first aider on site.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

We have our own gift shop that children are welcome in.  We also offer souvenir bags that can be pre booked at a range of price options.  

A lunch room is available and again this can be pre booked.

Free coach parking

Are there disabled facilities?

Due to the nature of the natural environment some of our areas are not suitable for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility.  Please see our website for full details.

What are your opening days and hours?

We are open all year round but opening hours have seasonal variations.

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

If you need more information or have a different focus to one we have mentioned, then do get in touch.  We are constantly working with teachers and other groups to plan visit that suits a specific focus.

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Caves & Caverns Environment Centres Green Awareness Historical Heritage Museums Outdoor Education Sports

Curriculum Topics Covered: Citizenship English Environmental Studies Geography History Leisure & Tourism Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

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