Hotels Near Cheddar Gorge
With its awe-inspiring cliffs and extraordinary subterranean caves dripping with stalagmites and stalactites, Cheddar Gorge in Somerset is one of Britain’s most dramatic landscapes, attracting over 500,000 visitors every year.
Our range of hotels in Somerset are the perfect place to stay for those wanting to explore the bustling cities and rolling countryside of the West Country.
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Places To Stay Near Cheddar Gorge
After spending the day being in awe of the unique Cheddar Gorge, visit one of our nearby Somerset hotels for the perfect spot to rest and relax. Offering cosy beds, excellent breakfasts and stylish rooms, let this be your home-away-from-home for the night.
The Rising Sun
Situated in Backwell, North Somerset, The Rising Sun is the perfect base for exploring nearby Bristol and the Somerset surroundings. Other local attractions include the Mendips AONB, Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole. Cosy and comfortable, our 6 bedrooms offer everything you need for the perfect staycation, family break, romantic getaway or overnight stay before or after exploring Cheddar Gorge.
The Swan Inn
Located on the edge of the Mendip Hills in the ex-mining village of Rowberrow, The Swan Inn is a 17th century Grade II-listed pub and inn that is brimming with history and a warm welcome. The Swan’s nine boutique rooms have everything you need for the perfect staycation, family break, or romantic getaway, with complimentary breakfasts, an on-site restaurant and family-friendly, accessible and dog-friendly room options available. It is well-positioned for easy access to popular attractions like the city of Wells, Wookey Hole Caves and the picturesque Cheddar Gorge.
The Bower Inn
For a relaxing and luxurious stay in the Somerset Levels, you can’t do much better than The Bower Inn in Bridgwater. With history dating back to the 1700s, the refurbished 18th century cottage and gardens offer comfortable lodgings with individually-styled ensuite rooms for a truly restorative staycation in the South West. Indulge with a delicious, home-style pub meal in the on-site gastropub, explore the nearby Mendip Hills, or visit the picture-perfect Cheddar Gorge.
The Langford Inn
In the quaint Somerset town of Lower Langford, close to Bristol Airport and the Mendip Hills, you’ll find The Langford Inn, a 17th century historic village pub-hotel. Stay in one of their seven boutique bedrooms for the perfect place to rest your head after exploring the delightful countryside of the nearby Mendips AONB or the unique landscape of Cheddar Gorge. Enjoy locally-sourced produce and a field-to-fork ethos on sustainability with seasonal menus, perfectly paired with an impressive selection of award-winning Butcombe beers.
Ring O’ Bells
With two dog-friendly ensuite rooms in the heart of the Mendips and Chew Valley, if you’re looking for somewhere peaceful and relaxing for a Somerset staycation, you can’t do much better than the Ring o’ Bells in Compton Martin. Explore the surrounding countryside, Cheddar Gorge or the wonderful landscape of the Chew Valley, before settling down for the night in Somerset fashion! With inglenook fireplaces, rustic beamed ceilings, and restored oak floorboards – the Ring o’ Bells really is the quintessential country inn experience! Enjoy home-cooked pub favourites at the on-site restaurant, live music and live sports, and, of course, award-winning proper Butcombe beers and real ales in the bar.
Cheddar Gorge & Caves
The famous gorge and caves were formed over a million years ago during the last Ice Age, when water from melting glaciers formed a river which carved into the limestone rock beneath to create the dramatic cliffs and caverns we see today.
Visitors can purchase a ticket to gain access to Gough’s Cave, the largest and most impressive show cave in Cheddar. It boasts cathedral-like caverns decorated with stalagmites and stalactites and the oldest complete skeleton ever found in Britain – the Cheddar Man.
The ticket price also includes entrance to the Museum of Prehistory (located opposite the caves), the Jacob’s Ladder climb, the interactive Dreamhunters exhibition in Cox’s Cave and the cinematic Beyond The View experience.
Jacob’s Ladder & The Lookout Tower
Included as part of a Cheddar Gorge & Caves ticket, climbing Jacob’s Ladder is an absolute must for visitors of Cheddar Gorge. It’s not for the faint-hearted (a steep 274 steps to the top!), but those who make it will be rewarded with incredible views of the surrounding Mendip Hills and the gorge below.
For those that really want to push themselves, 48 more steps will get you to the top of the Lookout Tower for panoramic views of the Somerset Levels to the south, and of the windswept plateau that runs for over 22 miles east-to-west if you look to the north.
Cheddar Gorge Cliff Top Walk
From the top of Jacob’s Ladder, you can embark on the iconic Cheddar Gorge Cliff Top Walk – a spectacular 3 mile circular stomp across the top of the two gorge ridges. Elevated over 900ft above sea level, the walk offers stunning views over the rolling Mendip Hills, Somerset Levels and the village of Cheddar itself. Walkers are also likely to bump into the free-roaming flocks of primitive goats and rare Soay sheep along their way!
For those looking to avoid the steep Jacob’s Ladder climb, the walk can also be accessed from within Cheddar Village, opposite the National Trust centre. Find detailed instructions here.
The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company
Now famous across the world, Cheddar cheese originates from the tiny village of Cheddar, with records of cheesemaking in the village dating back to the 12th century. The caves of Cheddar Gorge were historically used to mature the cheese with their humidity and steady temperature providing the optimum conditions, a method still used today by The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company – Cheddar’s only remaining cheesemakers. Stop by their shop in the village to watch the traditional cheesemaking process from start to finish whilst enjoying some free tasters of their cave-aged Cheddar!