find history, explore countryside walks and lose yourself on adventures when you discover Somerset
There are hidden secrets in Somerset waiting for you; go underground into the hidden caves, or learn what adventure is really about, when you get away to Cheddar Woods with Darwin Escapes
our favourite local places to visit in Cheddar
Wookey Hole Caves
Enjoy an amazing trip to the famous caves and have a fun family day out here at Wookey Hole Caves! Explore the caves and tunnels, learn more about the history of the area and join in with a range of activities for all ages. Get competitive with pirate island adventure golf, discover the fairy gardens, meet King Kong and wander through the animatronic dinosaur valley. There’s something for everyone, with over 40 activities to choose from!
Cheddar Gorge Caves
Book sessions to scale the Gorge, or drive to the viewing area at the top for the most spectacular sights across Somerset. Explore the caves where Cheddar Man was found, and our ancestors lived thousands of years ago. There are plenty of adventures waiting for you, including rock climbing and adventure caving to find hidden caves in the rocks. For the ultimate thrill, try the Black Cat Free Fall activity (not for the faint-hearted!) and jump into the heart of Britain’s biggest show cave.
First opening its doors in 1836, Bristol Zoo is the fifth oldest zoo in the world! They have had over 90 million guests visit in that time, and helped to save 175 species from extinction. Bristol Zoo is still a hugely popular and family fun day out – so meet with hundreds of different animals, marvel at the impressive gorillas, search out the red pandas and visit with the quirky African penguins. A truly fabulous day out for everyone – head to Bristol Zoo time and time again!
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.
An extra little bonus for the film buffs amongst you: the cult 2007 hit film Hot Fuzz, starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Martin Freeman was filmed 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! The more you know, eh? A great trip for the cinephiles (and everyone else, too).
Another popular nearby destination is Glastonbury, which is a rather beautiful quaint town – when it isn’t playing host to one of the UK’s largest music festivals! If mud and music are less your scene, why not pay a visit and take advantage of the local gift shops? There’s also Glastonbury Abbey, which was built by the Saxons in the 7th century, and is a truly spectacular structure.
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!
It doesn’t matter how many times you come to this region, there is always something new to enjoy. Ranging from the regular live theatre productions at The Bishops Palace to the annual Glastonbury Festival, you’ll be spoiled for choice every time you stay at Cheddar Woods.