Wookey Hole

Wookey Hole information

adult/child £16/11
Opening hours
10am-5pm Apr-Oct, 10.30am-4pm Nov-Mar
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Lonely Planet review

Two miles from Wells on the southern edge of the Mendip Hills, the River Axe has carved out a series of deep limestone caverns collectively known as Wookey Hole. They're famous for their ornate stalagmites and stalactites, one of which is supposedly the legendary Witch of Wookey Hole, who was turned to stone by a local priest. There are also many subterranean lakes and rivers, some of which are astonishingly deep – Britain's deepest cave dive was made here in September 2004, when divers descended more than 45m.

Admission to the caves is by guided tour. The rest of the complex is disappointingly tacky, with attractions including a mirror maze, an Edwardian penny arcade, a paper mill and a valley populated by giant plastic dinosaurs. During weekends, you might even be greeted by the witch herself, Carla Calamity (real name Carole Bonahan, a former estate agent).

Tickets remain valid for the whole day, and there's a 15% discount for booking online.