Wookey Hole

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We visited Wookey Hole for the day while staying in Somerset.

The attraction is centred around a cave tour, but includes a number of other things to do: a cave diving museum, 4D cinema, mirror maze, old fashioned slot machines, adventure golf, dinosaur models, gardens, cheese, paper mill.

We went as a family with 3 adults (one of whom is disabled) plus two teenagers. The cave tour is unsuitable for people with mobility problems so our disabled relation could not go in, but she was able to view a video of the entire tour – together with some other information about the site – in a room set aside for this purpose.

Those of us who were able to go on the tour enjoyed it. You walk through a series of caves through which a river runs, thought to be the inspiration for the river in Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem Kubla Khan: "Where Alph, the sacred river, ran Through caverns measureless to man Down to a sunless sea." There is a legend about a witch living in the caves, and you can see the stone which she was turned into by a visiting monk.

The 4D cinema is the sort of thing you find in a lot of theme parks: 3D film with moving seats and other special effects. Signs warned people not to enter if they had any one of a list of physical problems so again our disabled member avoided this, although I think in practice she would have been fine. The rest of us quite enjoyed the film but we've seen lots of these before so perhaps weren't as overwhelmed as we should have been.

We all found the more historical attractions interesting: the hand made paper mill and the small museum of cave diving. The gardens were attractive but did not take long to walk through. And the adventure golf was fun.

The mirror maze was rather simple but we enjoyed the old slot machines. Some of these did not work but the lady selling old pennies happily provided extra coins to make up for these.

All in all we enjoyed our day. The experience for disabled people turned out to be better than we expected, with everything apart from the caves accessible and the vitual tour a good substitute for the latter.

The site seems to lack a unifying "theme" but this didn't really detract from it. It's a good attraction for a mixed day as quite a lot of the activities are indoors.

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