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The National Showcaves Centre for Wales

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Dan-Yr-Ogof Showcaves Brecon Road | Near Swansea/Brecon, Pen-y-cae SA9 1GJ, Wales
+44 1639 730284
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A good few hours.

It may sound expensive, but the entrance fee includes the 3 caves plus the Shire Horse Centre. Also... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
greecefan57
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Cheshunt, United Kingdom
good site

A good place to spend some good time. the caves are great to visit and the surrounding gardens are... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
LuisFafe_Portugal
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Fafe, Portugal
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Voted Britain’s Finest Natural Wonder, and the winner of all major environmental and tourism awards.There are three exceptional caves to experience - Dan-yr-Ogof, Cathedral Cave and Bone Cave. Each cave offers a unique underground adventure. In Dan-yr-Ogof you walk through beautifully decorated passageways for just under 1 kilometre; in Cathedral Cave you walk through enormous caverns, carved out millions of years ago. At the end of this cave you will walk behind 40 feet high waterfalls that cascade around you in the ‘Dome of St Paul’s’, an exceptional end to a truly breathtaking cave. In Bone Cave learn why 42 human skeletons are buried there, and why our ancestors used caves all those years ago.On site we also have one of the world’s largest collections of life-sized dinosaur models. Ranging from the ever popular Tyrannosaurus Rex and Brachiosaurs, to the lesser-known Tsintaosaurus. There are over 220 models to see – you are bound to find your favourite dinosaur! The Shire Horse Centre offers the excitement of two indoor children’s play areas. We also have the farm experience. Why not make friends with the gentle giants – our Shire horses are waiting to say hello. Include the Iron Age village, museum, stone circles, and you have plenty to see and do for all ages. As we are situated in a National Park, you might like to consider staying on our Caravan/Tenting site for your visit to the caves?For those who may want a break, there is our Coffee shop, and finally the Rock and Dinosaur shop to enjoy.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good30%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“cathedral cave” (256 reviews)
“bone cave” (189 reviews)
“dinosaur park” (119 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Dan-Yr-Ogof Showcaves Brecon Road | Near Swansea/Brecon, Pen-y-cae SA9 1GJ, Wales
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+44 1639 730284
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"cathedral cave"
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"bone cave"
in 189 reviews
"dinosaur park"
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"shire horse centre"
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"other attractions"
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"play area"
in 36 reviews
"an iron"
in 16 reviews
"dan yr ogof caves"
in 20 reviews
"small farm"
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"school trip"
in 12 reviews
"great family day"
in 17 reviews
"farm animals"
in 21 reviews
"entrance fee"
in 32 reviews
"iron age village"
in 33 reviews
"national showcaves"
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"own pace"
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"brecon beacons"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

It may sound expensive, but the entrance fee includes the 3 caves plus the Shire Horse Centre. Also the parking is free. 3 different size of cave each with their own appeal.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

A good place to spend some good time. the caves are great to visit and the surrounding gardens are very welcoming. A place ideal to visit if you have children with you.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Three caves to explore plus many other attractions, fantastic place for all the family Cafe served excellent food. Cannot recommend this enough

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

These caves are beautiful! I visited with my aunt who visited as a teacher back in 1986. The caves have been done up so that a walking tour is possible with a rather loud and somewhat incoherent talking tour can be heard where ever you...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

So many attractions like this are a tiny effort with little to see. Not the showcaves! We spent the entire day here and had such a great time. Starting with a short train ride up to get tickets are visit started with walking through a...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Arrived just after 10am and parked easily bearing in mind a Monday morning during term time. The signage to reception wasn’t clear. When I did get there the girl was pleasant and took payment, and gave me a map. She also mentioned I couldn’t take...More

Thank Suzanne L
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lots of dinosaurs in the surrounding forest make these caves more interesting. The caves themselves are fun to walk through although the Bone cave wasn’t quite worth the walk hunched over time under the canopy.More

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Dan O, Manager at The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your recent visit to The National Showcaves Centre for Wales at Dan-yr-Ogof, and for taking the time to review your day out. We’re pleased your family had an interesting and fun time, and we hope to welcome you all for a return...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent 5 nights at the caravan and camping site here. It was magical. Beyond dog friendly and the facilitates were amazing. Everyone was so friendly, the setting was incredible amazing views and an idyllic mountain setting. The Craig y Nos country park across the...More

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Dan O, Manager at The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your recent stay on our campsite, and for awarding it 5/5 stars! We’re thrilled you had such an enjoyable, peaceful week with us. We love dogs, and it’s great to see so many of them down on the site. I will pass...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Dan Yr Ogof and Cathedral Caves are stunning, well worth a visit, and some of the best caves I've seen. There is a lot of steep walking involved to get to the cathedral cave and you will get wet but well worth it. There's...More

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Dan O, Manager at The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your recent visit to our attraction, and for taking the time to leave this review. We’re delighted you found the Dan-yr-Ogof and Cathedral Showcaves to be stunning; to say they are among the best you’ve seen is high praise indeed. I will...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were recommended this place, and glad that we went. We were told that we'd need all day, but we found that half a day was enough for us to see and do. The caves are breathtaking, and there is plenty to do for the...More

Thank Jon M
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Dan O, Manager at The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit. We’re pleased you enjoyed visiting our, “breath-taking,” Showcaves, and that you found the entrance fee to be good value for money. I will pass your kind words on to the rest of the team,...More

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SteveW1988
19 June 2018|
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Response from kmtudor | Reviewed this property |
Hi, There are no guided tours but there are audio recordings available. Please leave plenty of time for your visit as there is a lot to see and many things to do. Hope that you have a great day.
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sandraB186460
10 May 2017|
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Response from gingerfree1 | Reviewed this property |
yes they are in the dinosaur and caves part but there is a lot of steep bits and steps. so long as your dog is agile and fit it's worth taking them. Can't remember if they let dogs in to the farm part due to the animals... More
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Response from emylou22 | Reviewed this property |
hello yes they do! I'm not sure the rate but I can tell you our bill should have been 48 for two adults two children. But was 38 with two disabled children. No free carer or reduction for carer.
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