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The National Showcaves Centre for Wales
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Pen-y-cae
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with a 4 year old and 4 month old. Used Tesco vouchers (4x value - exchanged before the reward changes!) So only paid £1.50 on the day. Free parking. Improvements being made to entrance area and looks like a road train in going to be provided to go from the main entrance to the little farm. The caves were brilliant to walk around - lovely and cold on a hot day (take a jacket!). Be prepared for steep hills and lots of stairs when visiting the 2nd and 3rd caves. Lots of dinosaur models everywhere to keep the kids amused. Shop prices reasonable an ice cream good value at £2 for a massive scoop. The farm at the bottom of the hill is good too with pigs, sheep, ponies and shire horses. Also playground, part track, crazy golf and draughts.

Thank sarah_kelly_r
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful place, lovely scenery and plenty for the children to see and do. They loved it. Definitely recommend a visit.

Thank jesshorton76
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Best cave experience in UK,Cathedral cave is the best.. The waterfalls inside the caves are really awesome.. route to Bone cave is bit tough but it's a worth...

Thank Sanil K
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Dan O, Manager at The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your recent visit to The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, and for taking the time to leave this five-star review! We’re delighted you had such an enjoyable day out with us. To say a visit here is, “the best cave experience in the UK,” is very high praise indeed, so thank you once again.


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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First time visitor and didn’t have any expectations. However really enjoyed exploring the caves and seeing the spectacular sites within the caves. The cathedral cave with two waterfalls inside is breathtaking. I would definitely recommend visiting to see all three caves, but wasn’t overly keen on the bone cave but that’s because I’m over 6 foot and had to crouch down in order to get to it.

Thank LeeLee74
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Reviewed 3 weeks 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.

Thank greecefan57
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