Introduction

“The Caves” is the name of an early 19th century house and gardens situated on the west side of Banwell Hill overlooking Weston-super-Mare and the Bristol Channel beyond.

There are two caves in the grounds which are unique and of national significance. The Bone Cave contains bones of animals that are no longer native to this country and are up to 80,000 years old.

There are various follies in the grounds, the most prominent being the Tower which stands 50ft tall on the highest point of Banwell Hill and commands panoramic views of the Welsh mountains to the north and the Somerset Moors to the south.

Regretfully we are no longer able to offer full public open days. However we are pleased to offer groups of between 10 and 20 people an opportunity to visit The Caves on a pre-booked guided tour between 1st May and 30th September. Your visit will include a guided tour of Banwell Bone Cave and a chance to see the other follies in the grounds including the Druids` Temple, Pebble Summer House, Osteoicon, Vantage Seat and Bishop`s Privy. You will be able to climb Banwell Tower and take advantage of the panoramic views to Wales and the Somerset Levels. There is a short film about Banwell Caves and a choice of refreshments served on the Terrace or in the conservatory if the weather is inclement. Details are in the private visits page of the website or you can contact johnatthecaves@btinternet.com for an application form by post.

Members of caving clubs may visit the Bone Cave/Baker Extension and the Stalactite Cave between 1st May and end of September. All visits must be booked in advance by e-mail to: johnatthecaves@btinternet.com

New for 2014 - Our popular 44 page A5 booklet "The Story of Banwell Caves", has now been republished as a second edition. It describes in detail the history of Banwell Caves and contains illustrations and photos of the caves. Copies can be purchased at a cost of £5.00 plus £2.00 p&p. Please send a cheque payable to Banwell Caves Heritage Group, to John Haynes, The Caves, Banwell, BS29 6NA.

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