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Cheddar Caves and Gourges is a major tourist attraction for over 200 years,
with plenty to do above and below ground.
Outstanding Natural Beauty, where you'll find lots of rare species.
There are Cathedral looking Caves and Britain's biggest Gorge where there are
million-year-old Ice Age river beds.
Your ancestors have lived here for 40,000 years,
and world-famous Cheddar Man is Britain's oldest complete skeleton.
Wookey Hole Caves in
Somerset, in the South of England, is a world of mysteries. Here at Wookey Hole, where a river flows out of the underworld and pagan and Christian legends intermingle.
Here, too are several mysteries of man himself. How did the early cavemen, who inhabited these caves, really live from day to day? What makes a modern diver explore the caverns beyond the sunlight?
Even the earliest humans who lived in the valley of Wookey Hole 50,000 years ago, hunting bear and rhinoceros with stone weapons, must have been in awe of the great caves for they had already been in existance for millions of years.
When, much later, the Celtic people of the Iron Age were moving into Britain, they found the caves safe and even comfortable to live . The temperature inside is a constant 11° Celsius. Yet by the 15th century only bones, broken pottery and legends remained.
Then, in 1914 an archaeologist named Herbert Balch, having completed a two year excavation of the caves, published his findings, and the age of real exploration had begun...
Visitors came to wonder at the secret river and its encrusted caverns. We think Coleridge was inspired to write the lines: "Where Alph, the sacred river, ran,
Through caverns measureless to man"
The Blake Museum was founded by Bridgwater Borough Council in 1926.
New Museum displays are being prepared. Members of the Bridgwater & District Archaeological Society have been busy planning a set of newly-refurbished exhibitions of local archaeology in the former Chubb Room on the second floor.
Mention the British Navy and everybody has heard of Francis Drake and Horatio Nelson but have you heard of Robert Blake? In his lifetime Blake was a national hero, first as a soldier in the Civil War and then as a naval commander. When he died he was given a prestigious state funeral.
Blake was one of the first English naval commanders to keep a fleet at sea through the winter. He was one of the first to develop the technique of naval blockade and amphibious landing. Twice he destroyed fleets in harbour under the guns of shore forts. It was Blake's destruction of a Spanish fleet at Santa Cruz de Tenerife that prompted Nelson to say "I shall never be the equal of Blake."
Robert Blake was above all a leader of men. All commentators are agreed that he was the one English naval commander of his age that could get captains to obey him. He achieved the love and respect of his men without resorting to the brutal sanctions that were to become the stock in trade of the eighteenth century Navy. In everything Blake maintained humility, humanity and a total dedication to duty. He is the unsung midwife of the British Navy.
Blake Museum celebrates him and the town in which he grew up.
The Fleet Air Arm Museum - Where Museum meets Theatre
The Fleet Air Arm Museum will entirely change your perception of aircraft Museums.
The Museum has the largest collection of Naval aircraft anywhere in Europe together with the first British built Concorde which you can go aboard and visit the cockpit.
The Museum's award winning Aircraft Carrier Experience is where Museum meets theatre. You'll be transported by helicopter to the replica flight deck in the aircraft carrier HMS ARK ROYAL. On board the Ark Royal you'll see fighter aircraft and two large projection screens showing a Phantom strike fighter and a Buccaneer fighter-bomber.
Outside, there is a children's adventure playground, a restaurant (which is licensed) and a shop, ample free parking and excellent disabled access.
The National Museum of the Royal Navy
The Fleet Air Arm Museum is one element of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, the other members are the Royal Marines Museum and the Royal Naval Museum and the HMS Victory and the Submarine Museum.