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Wookey Hole (Somerset)
Member Name: ns1209
Wookey Hole (Somerset)
This review is about Wookey Hole which I recently visited on holiday. The caves at Wookey are really interesting to visit. You are given a guided tour around the caves. You learn about some of the legends about the caves and some of the history of them. For example you learn that the first and the deepest cave dives have been at Wookey but not from the same dive.
The caves themselves are really interesting to look around. The caves are very beautiful in parts especially the bit where you go over a small bridge and below there is some water and above and around you parts of the cave with all sorts of rocks, minerals e.t.c I think the tour of the caves lasted about an hour and was definitely by far the best part of the visit. You also see some of the cave matured cheese they have at Wookey Hole which you can buy in the shop! It was very expensive though and about £15 per kilo! You also found out about some of the scenes filmed there. In the cave there were so low sections and most people will have to duck at parts so it may not be suitable for everyone.
There are other things apart from the caves at Wookey Hole but nothing is that great and will hold your attention for a long time.
There is a mirror maze there as well which is good and clever but is very short. It will probably last most people about 3 minutes to finish! However it was good fun still.
There is also a traditional paper mill where they are one of the places to make paper in the old fashioned way. Children also get a chance to make a sheet of paper but for some reason can`t keep it which is a shame.
The Museum is attached to the Paper mill and has a section about the Neanderthals which was quite interesting but again this was very small. There was also some information about King Arthur and Glastonbury Tor and the legends of King Arthur. This was all quite interesting but again quite short.
At Wookey Hole there were various cafes, restaurants and an ice cream place. The food and drink was quite nice but also expensive. I am always amazed how much you can get ripped off for a few drinks and a cake or something!
There was also a little playarea for children which looked quite good but I don't really know how nice it was as I did not try it myself!
After leaving the caves you arrive at dinosaur valley where there is some model dinosaurs which are a bit naff to be honest but children may lie it and there is some information about the dinosaurs which may mean children learn something about dinosaurs.
There was a room where you get to watch some videos. There was one video about cave diving which showed you how dangerous it could be and some of the equipment they use. I have to say I would not like to have a go though as it looks quite scary! The other video I watched was about making paper the old fashioned way. It showed you all the different processes and what each person had to do to make it work.
Also there was a section about the circus with some displays from old circuses. One thing was something that was meant to be the Abominable Snowman but looked like a human in a white gorilla suit!
There were also some of the caravans from circuses which were quite interesting.
I also saw a mini-golf section but you had to pay extra to have a go but it did look quite fun.
There was also a shops area which sold the usual sort of things. You could also buy paper from their paper mill and cheese from the caves! As you would expect they were expensive as they are quite high quality products!
Overall I enjoyed visiting Wookey Hole caves but feel there is not that much to do there. The caves themselves were great and beautiful in parts. However the other little parts were not so great and don`t last very long. I would recommend a visit though but think I would not pay with cash to go there so I think you should take advantage of the clubcard vouchers!
Price The entrance fee is quite expensive for what is there and cost £45 for a family ticket and is £15 per adult and £10 per child. I think that £30 would be a fair price for what is there but we did pay with Clubcard Vouchers which made the price not so bad!
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The Wookey Hole address is:
Wookey Hole Ltd.
Somerset BA5 1BB, England
Wookey Hole is open 7 days a week:
Summertime: (Apr-Oct Inc): 10am (first tour) - 5pm (Last Cave Tour)
Wintertime: (Nov-Mar Inc): 10am (first tour) - 4pm (Last Cave Tour)
Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Open weekends and school holidays during December and January
Summary: Just about recommended!
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