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Last updated: Sat 20 Jan 2018

Wookey Hole

Wookey Hole Caves is a show cave and tourist attraction with theme park in the village of Wookey Hole on the southern edge of the Mendip Hills near Wells.

Wookey Hole Caves

Wookey Hole cave was formed through erosion of the limestone hills by the River Axe. The caves’ guides will tell you the 50,000 year history of the caves as home to both humans and animals.

Archaeologists’ finds indicate man has lived in and around the caves for 50,000 years.

For people in ancient times, the caves at Wookey Hole were a safe and even comfortable place to live. They were dry, easy to defend, warm in winter and cool in summer.

The bones of tropical and Ice Age animals, such as rhinoceros, bear, mammoth and lion, were found in the Hyena Den, along with flint tools. Archaeologists reckon that the cave was occupied by hyenas and man alternatively between 35,000 and 25,000 BC.

It seems that packs of hyenas drove their prey over the cliff edge and then ate the remains. There is even a theory that early man may have done the same!

In 1912 an archaeologist Herbert Balch found the almost complete skeleton of an old woman, the remains of some goats, a dagger, some household items and a polished alabaster ball among Iron Age remains.

Workmen digging the canal in 1857 found the remains of prehistoric man, including flint tools, as well as the bones of animals such as hyenas, mammoths, rhinoceros and lions.

Many of these are now on display at the nearby Wells City Museum, but most were retained and are now housed in Wookey Hole Cave’s very own museum.

Wookey Hole attractions

Wookey Hole today is much more than the spectacular caves, however, and kids of all ages will love the many attractions on offer.

There are life-size dinosaurs, circus shows, adventure golf, cave-aged cheese, a magical mirror maze and of course the world-famous Witch of Wookey Hole (the witch greets visitors at weekends and school holidays only).

During the Dark Ages the Legend of the Witch of Wookey grew. Some said King Arthur came over from Avalon and slew her, others that the Abbot of Glastonbury sent Father Bernard to exorcise her, and he turned her to stone by sprinkling holy water on her.

A visit to Wookey Hole can easily be combined with nearby Cheddar Gorge (8 miles, 18 minutes).

Distance from Nunney
16.0 miles (25.7 km)
32 minutes

Contact information
Wookey Hole Caves
The Mill
Wells
Somerset
BA5 1BB
Telephone 01749 672 243
Web www.wookey.co.uklink

Opening times
Wookey Hole is closed weekdays during January, but open weekends until the 1st February, we are then open every day until December 2013.

April to October – open from 10.00am, last cave tour 5.00pm

November to March – open from 10.00am, last cave tour 4.00pm

Standard Admission Rates for 2013
Adults: £18.00
Children: £12.00 (3-14yrs Inclusive)
Seniors: £12.00
Students: £12.00 (Valid Student card required – must be purchased on arrival)
Children under 3yrs: Free of charge

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