One of the most stunning areas of natural beauty in the UK and England’s largest gorge, Cheddar Gorge is home to a number of caves and cliff walks. Situated in the Mendip Hills in Somerset, it is an ideal location for a getaway in a lodge with a hot tub.
Best time to visit
If you hope to make most of the walking routes and other outdoor activities in the area then the warmer and drier summer months are the best time to visit. However, if you fancy heading out of season, the gorge can offer some dramatic and moody views.
Where to stay?
Whether you’re booking that perfect couple’s retreat, a group holiday to remember, or your next big family adventure, there are some really great lodges (with hot tubs) you can book up and enjoy during your stay. Here are some of the best we have found along with distances from Cheddar Gorge.
Caves, Cheese and Hot Tubs – Our Cheddar Lodge Holiday Guide
Some quick tips and advice to get more out of your break in this fantastic part of the UK.
A dog-friendly Cheddar Gorge
There are plenty of options for a dog friendly trip to Cheddar Gorge. Whether you fancy heading to Cheddar Gorge and Caves to try the cliff walk or caving, or head to the museum of Prehistory, dogs are welcome.
You can also explore Jacobs Ladder and lookout tower. Refuel after a long day at the Gardener’s Arms in the village of Cheddar where your pooch will be well looked after.
There are also a range of pet-friendly accommodation options in the area, including Mendip View at Wookey Hole and Cheddar Woods Resort and Spa.
Cheddar Gorge for Couples
The dramatic backdrop of Cheddar Gorge is ideal for a couples retreat to remember.
Be transported into another world while discovering the Cheddar Gorge Caves or indulge while sampling cheese from the Cheddar Cheese Co. with a glass of wine.
Or for an extra special activity book a hot air balloon ride. Mendip View at Wookey Hole is the perfect option for accommodation as their lodges with hot tubs sit on a tranquil and secluded site, only 20 minutes from Cheddar Gorge.
Top 5 places to visit on your holiday
There is a full days’ worth of things to do at Cheddar Gorge and Caves. See caves that began forming over half a million years ago and experience nearly otherworldly features. Then tackle the 3 mile cliff top walk for some of the best views in the UK.
The village of Cheddar is nestled into the dramatic landscapes that surround it. Stroll down the streets of quaint houses and explore the independent shops and cafés it has to offer.
Situated on the Cheddar Gorge and Caves site the 274 steps of Jacobs Ladder takes the views of the cliff walk to another level. If you fancy going even further, then climb to the top of the lookout tower.
Visit the birthplace of the iconic Cheddar cheese. Visit their shop and buy some cheese to take back as souvenirs, or to have with a glass of wine in the hot tub! Try some cheese thats, you know, actually made in Cheddar.
If you can’t get enough of caves after experiencing the ones at Cheddar Gorge, then head to Wookey Hole for more. Learn about the legend of the witch said to once inhabit the caves here.
Cheddar Gorge FAQs
Here are a few quick questions that will help you get more from your lodge break in the Gorge!
Do I need to like the outdoors to enjoy my stay?
No. If you’d rather do something other than the outdoors during your stay then look at the amazing Cheddar Woods Resort and Spa for your lodge with a hot tub holiday. With plenty to do on-site you won’t be bored.
Are the caves suitable for children of all ages?
Cheddar Gorge Caves and Wookey Hole Caves are accessible for children who can manage steps and steep inclines, but unfortunately not prams. If you are looking for more extreme caving, caveclimbs.com offer day caving expeditions for the more intrepid in your group.
What essentials do I need to pack?
If you’re planning on heading to the Cheddar Gorge and Caves site sensible footwear and waterproofs are a must. Don’t forget swimwear for the hot tub and a camera to capture the outstanding beauty of Cheddar Gorge.