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Wookey Hole Somerset

The charming village of Wookey Hole is principally known for its caves, a paper mill and a museum, it lies on the southern edge of the Mendip hills near Wells, and it attracts many visitors every year. The caves have been fashioned by the River Axe, creating some of the most fascinating underground scenery. The River Axe provided the water to power the paper mill which dates back to 1860 and is now a Grade II listed building. The earliest men to live in the valley of Wookey Hole, some 50,000 years ago hunted animals with stone weapons, then later the Celtic people of the Iron Age found the caves a safe and comfortable environment to live in, the inside temperature of the caves is a constant 11 degrees Celsius. By the 15th century only bones, broken pottery and legends remained. The cave is noted for it’s ‘Witch of the Wookey Hole’ a human shaped rock. The witch was reportedly turned to stone by a monk from Glastonbury. It is also the site of the first cave dives in Britain.Today, Wookey Hole is a popular family attraction with guided walks through the caves, a cave museum where you can learn how the caves were formed, you can explore the art of paper-making and even try your hand at making a sheet of Wookey Hole paper. There is a Circus show at the weekends and during school holidays. Other attractions include Pirate Island Adventure Golf, Clown Town and a World of miniature Exhibitions. There is also a Wookey Hole Pier with traditional penny slot machines. The Magical Mirror Maze is a modern version of the old mirror show. New attractions include the Valley of the Dinosaurs which features 22 life sized dinosaurs, the enchanted Fairy Garden and the Pirate Zap Zone. There is so much to see and do at Wookey Hole so if you want to stay a little longer then there is also a Wookey Hole Hotel right next door to the attractions.

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