This large village in the Mendip Hills is world-famous for its cheese, although its main draw is Cheddar Gorge and its nearby caves.
The gorge is home to the UK’s tallest inland limestone cliffs and is also home to several lovely hiking trails. The caves below the gorge are a very popular attraction.
The 9,000-year-old Cheddar Man, Britain’s oldest complete human skeleton was found inside the caves in 1903 and even older remains dating from the Upper Late Palaeolithic period have been found nearby.
The village has two centres with most of the tourist-related businesses clustered around the entrance to the gorge while the historic centre of the village is around a 7–8-minute walk south from there. While the tourist centre can feel like a bit of a tourist trap with mini-golf and tacky tourist shops, Cheddar’s historic centre is much nicer and includes a couple of charming pubs and tea rooms.