Are you looking for places to stay near Cheddar Gorge? This natural phenomenon, located near the Mendip Hills, is one of the most popular tourist sites in England, and it’s the perfect destination for adventurous travellers, families, and groups wanting a trip to the countryside!
The Somerset town of Cheddar is famous for being the location of the largest gorge in the UK. These inland cliffs are perfect for hiking or just marvelling at nature. While Cheddar is a popular day trip from Bristol or Bath, you could easily spend a week here and not get bored.
There are so many things to do in Cheddar and the surrounding Mendip Hills, as well as in Somerset, that it’s well worth staying a little while!
If you’ve decided to spend your holiday at England’s biggest gorge, here are my recommendations for accommodation around Cheddar Gorge!
Places to stay near Cheddar Gorge: Cheddar Village
(Walking distance to Cheddar Gorge)
Cheddar is a picturesque village that sits partially in the gorge itself. The Cheddar Gorge loop walk leaves from the village, and it’s only a short walk into the gorge.
There’s plenty to do in the village, too – from the spectacular caves (including Gough’s Cave and Dreamweavers, which is an immersive experience about the prehistoric human) to charming tea rooms to plenty of shops. It’s potentially the best destination for families in Somerset.
If you are travelling to Cheddar by public transport you will want to stay in either Cheddar Village itself or Weston Super Mare or Wells to make connections easy. One bus runs through the town, connecting to Weston Super Mare and Wells, and from these places, you can connect to services to Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Plymouth. Once you’re here, you can enjoy all of the attractions with no car!
Cheddar is also only a short drive from Bristol airport – however, you will need to take two buses to get there.
The main downside of staying in Cheddar village is that it gets incredibly busy, and prices are typically higher than what you’ll pay for elsewhere in the Mendips. Destinations like Axbridge and Shipham are less than 10 minutes drive away from Cheddar, and they are much quieter and cheaper.
It depends what you’re after – if you want somewhere with a bit of an atmosphere, then choose Cheddar – but if you’re looking for a relaxing break and hoping to enjoy some solitude, you’re best off looking elsewhere.
Who should stay in Cheddar Village?
Cheddar Village is great for:
- Families who want everything to be easy to reach. There are attractions, restaurants, and hotels all within walking distance here!
- People who are going to Cheddar by public transport. It isn’t worth staying in Axbridge, Shipham or Priddy, as these places are even more difficult to reach.
- Hikers who want to be able to walk out of their front door and start exploring right away!
- People who are only in the area for a short amount of time. Staying in Cheddar will help you make the most of the gorge and caves!
Things to do in Cheddar
When you stay in Cheddar Village, you’ll be in the heart of all the action and be able to enjoy the best things to do in Cheddar. These include:
- Hiking around the limestone cliffs by Cheddar Gorge. You’ll see some of the best panoramic views from the top of the gorge!
- Enjoying traditional Somerset food and drink, such as authentic cheddar cheese and cider.
- Exploring the Mendip Hills.
- Cheddar Gorge Caves, including Gough’s Cave and Dreamweavers.
- Learning about ancient humans at the Museum of Prehistory.
- Rock climbing the limestone cliffs – an adrenaline-boosting activity that’s great for adventurers!
- Strolling along the scenic river and through the town centre.
Hotels in Cheddar Village
There are YHA hostels all over the UK (and the world!) and the YHA Cheddar has all of the features that you’d expect in this kind of hostel. Choose from single-sex or mixed dorms or private rooms when you stay here.
The YHA Cheddar is set in a large Victorian house and has common areas, a dining room and a contemporary kitchen. It’s an excellent place for backpackers, but it’s suitable for families too.
Gordons is one of the most popular hotels in Cheddar Gorge. It’s a small guesthouse that is excellent value for money, considering it is in a prime location in the village, close to Cheddar Gorge caves and other attractions.
Guests at Gordons can enjoy the seasonal outdoor pool – ideal for the summer months – as well as a bar inside, where they serve up a delicious breakfast every morning. Rooms are basic but cosy, with very friendly service.
Bath Arms Hotel
The Bath Arms Hotel is a four-star property in Cheddar, consisting of luxury rooms above the gastropub. The rooms are adult-only, so it’s an ideal place to stay if you are visiting as a couple or with a friend.
The rooms at the Bath Arms Hotel all have a bathroom with a bath, extra-long beds, and elegant furnishings. Every morning, a delicious cooked breakfast is served downstairs – and lunch and dinner are available in the pub too.
Self-Contained Accommodation in Cheddar
Strawberry Rose Cottage
This is one of the best Cheddar holiday cottages, especially if you are on a break with family or as a group! The well-equipped holiday home can sleep up to six people. It has two bedrooms – one with a double bed, and one with twin beds – and a sofa bed.
Additionally, there is a rustic lounge, kitchen and a family bathroom with a freestanding bath and separate shower. The cottage has a lot of exposed brickwork, giving it a homely, cosy atmosphere. It’s the ideal holiday home for family getaways or groups of friends.
Strawberryfield Park is a five-minute drive/ 2 miles out of town. You will need a car if you choose to stay here. However, it’s a lovely place with luxury lodges in beautiful country surroundings.
Strawberryfield Park is excellent for romantic breaks, and it’s also popular with groups or families wanting somewhere self-contained.
This spacious luxury lodge has two bedrooms, a contemporary kitchen with a microwave and dishwasher, two bathrooms, an elegant dining space and a terrace area with a hot tub. With two double beds, it’s an ideal location for two couples or a group of friends. It’s in a lovely rural area, so you’ll be able to enjoy the best of Mendip Hills nature while also being a stone’s throw from Cheddar.
This luxury lodge is also in Strawberryfiled Park – 2.4 miles from Cheddar Gorge Caves. Like Cheddar Pink, The Retreat has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a modern kitchen and a lounge area. There’s also a terrace and hot tub.
This lodge has a double bed and twin beds, and space for up to three children’s beds. Therefore, it’s the ideal place to stay in a family group, but it’s also great for an adults-only luxury escape.
Places to stay in Axbridge
(2.8 miles/ 8 minutes drive to Cheddar Gorge)
Axbridge is a small village just a short drive from Cheddar – in fact, it’s located on the other side of the Cheddar Reservoir. It is Somerset’s smallest town and is known for its historical buildings and farmer’s market.
It’s a pleasant place for a stroll, and there is one museum – King John’s Hunting Lodge – which is an interesting place to visit. It’s also easy to travel to the reservoir from here.
It’s much quieter than Cheddar, making it a pleasant place to stay if you want somewhere a bit more relaxing! However, it’s in a prime location, only 8 minutes drive away from Cheddar, so you can easily visit its neighbouring town.
Who should stay in Axbridge?
- People who want to be close to Cheddar, but somewhere that’s a little quieter.
- People who don’t mind limited food and drink options or are happy to drive for dinner.
Hotels in Axbridge
The Oak House Hotel
This is the only hotel in central Axbridge. It has stunning views over the Somerset Levels and is in a prime location to enjoy the Mendip Hills.
The hotel itself is a historic property, with some parts dating all the way back to the 11th century! If you love historical architecture, this is a great place to stay in – look out for the ancient well and inglenook fireplace.
While the house is historic, the rooms are comfortable and have all the modern touches you’ll need for a pleasant stay. The beds are comfortable, and all rooms have en-suites, some with a freestanding bath.
Old Manor House
This hotel is located on the A38, so it’s really easy to access from Bristol and other locations. It’s just a short journey from here into Axbridge and then a little further to Cheddar.
The Old Manor House is a comfortable B&B with refurbished rooms and luxury en-suites – some with a freestanding bath.
The property is a historic coaching inn with 400 years of history, and the owner pairs the period features with mod cons that make any hotel stay pleasant.
It’s a popular place to stay with families, with a guest lounge with toys for children. A delicious breakfast is available every morning, which mainly uses local products. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available.
Places to stay in Shipham
(2.9 miles/ 6 minutes drive to Cheddar Gorge)
Shipham is another small village not too far from Cheddar. This is an interesting place to stay if you want to experience local Somerset life. If you like hiking, the Shipham to Cheddar hike is part of the Mendip Way, and it’s known as one of the most spectacular segments! However, unless you want to hike in and out every day, you will need to get to most places by driving.
Who should stay in Shipham?
- People who want to escape the tourists and experience local life while still only being in a short drive from Cheddar.
- Hikers who are keen to do some trails that other people won’t be on.
Hotels in Shipham
The Swan Inn
The Swan Inn is a popular hotel in Shipham/ Winscombe. Rooms are decorated in boutique-style with plush features and elegant bathrooms. There is also a dog-friendly room for those travelling with a canine friend.
It’s a luxurious place to stay, and it’s ideal for romantic breaks, although you’ll love staying here with friends or even solo as well.
Downstairs, there’s a bar with a roaring welcoming fire, perfect for intimate dining.
Lillypool Farm Hotel
Lillypool Farm is a rural getaway between Cheddar and Shipham. It is a spotless and friendly place and serves a delicious breakfast every day. If you are interested in staying on a working farm and experiencing authentic Somerset life, this is somewhere to check out! This accommodation is ideal for an escape with family or friends.
The Forge is a lovely modern holiday home that can accommodate up to four people. It’s ideal for a family holiday or a break with a small group.
The cottage has a self-catering kitchen, a lounge, a modern bathroom and two bedrooms. There’s also plenty of outdoor space – ideal for alfresco dining in the summer – and a few horses live a short walk away!
Places to stay in Priddy
(6 miles/ 14 minutes drive to Cheddar Gorge)
Priddy is an ancient village not too far from Cheddar. It’s a fascinating place for people interested in ancient history – here, you will find Bronze age burial mounds, wooden henges (Priddy’s answer to Stonehenge!), and cave systems.
This location is not somewhere with obvious attractions, but seasoned travellers will find plenty to interest them in Priddy. Plus, it’s quieter than Cheddar and has much more of a local vibe. The Three Priddy Droves hike is a popular Mendip walk, and this leaves from Priddy village.
Who should stay in Priddy?
- People interested in ancient history and who want to see something a little different.
- People who like to dine at local places.
- People who don’t mind a short drive to get to Cheddar and other spots in the Mendip Hills.
Hotels in Priddy
Ebborways Farm Hotel and Breakfast
Ebborways Farm Hotel and Breakfast has well-furnished double bedrooms with cosy furniture and en-suite bathrooms. They serve a delicious cooked breakfast every day, with plenty of vegetarian options.
Dale Barton is a spacious luxury lodge that accommodates up to eight people. There are four bedrooms, three with a double bed and one twin bedroom. There is also a lounge and a modern kitchen/ dining room and a family bathroom. It’s got a cosy, homely atmosphere and is in a unique location. It’s the ideal place for a break with family or a group of friends.
Places to stay in Wells
(9 miles/ 20 minutes drive to Cheddar Gorge)
Wells is a beautiful city near Cheddar – it’s actually the smallest city in the UK, which is quite interesting! There are plenty of things to do in Wells itself and nearby Glastonbury, so you could base yourself here and spend a day in each place and drive or take the bus to Cheddar.
If you’re staying in Somerset for a longer time (ie. more than four days or so), you might want to base in this location, so you have more things to do. You’ll have a nice mix of indoor and outdoor activities if you see both Wells and Cheddar. Hotels in Wells are relatively affordable, as it’s not too touristy, so you might want to bear that in mind too.
Plus, if you’re staying in Wells you can check out the following attractions in the city:
- Wells Cathedral – one of the most epic in the UK.
- Vicar’s Close – the oldest purely residential street in Europe
- Bishop’s Palace and Gardens – a Grade I listed building and the hope of the Bishops of Bath and Wells for 800 years.
As well as all that Glastonbury has to offer:
- Glastonbury Tor – a mythical hill steeped in legend.
- Chalice Well – where you can drink allegedly healing well water.
- Glastonbury High Street – which is full of weird and wonderful shops.
- Glastonbury Abbey – these are ruins now but are well worth taking a look at!
Add that to all of the attractions in Cheddar itself, and you can see how you’ll have a busy week!
Wells is hardly nightlife central, but it does have a few fun bars and pubs, so if you’re looking for somewhere with a little bit of atmosphere for a friends or couples holiday, you might prefer to stay here.
If you are arriving into Bristol airport from abroad, you will need to take a bus to Bristol and from there change to a bus to Wells.
Who should stay in Wells?
- People who are spending a little longer in Somerset and want to see some other areas.
- People who are travelling by public transport – you can get to Wells from Bath or Bristol and then take the bus to Cheddar.
- People who are looking for somewhere with restaurants and bars – but that is not too touristy.
Hotels in Wells
White Hart Inn
The White Hart Inn is a cosy pub with rooms above. It’s a 15th-century inn with 15 bedrooms, all with en-suite showers and White Company toiletries.
The White Hart Inn serves up delicious pub grub, including classic dinners and seasonal dishes. There is also a banqueting room in the inn, which you can book out and use for more intimate dining. Nightly room rates are affordable, making this one of the best places to stay in Wells.
The Crown at Wells
The Crown at Wells is a historic coaching inn in the middle of Wells. It now has traditional and luxury rooms, some with four-poster beds with Egyptian cotton linen. Downstairs, there’s a Bistrot that serves a wide range of delicious local produce.
Best Western Plus Swan Hotel
The Best Western Plus Swan Hotel is a great place to stay in Wells if you’re after a luxury escape. There are 48 bedrooms on the premises, each with delightful four-poster beds and luxury bed linen and bathrooms with overhead showers.
On the site of the hotel, there’s a bar, restaurant and fast, free WiFi. The hotel has won 2 AA rosettes for its dining.
The Ancient Gatehouse
The Ancient Gatehouse is located on Wells’ Cathedral Green. The boutique-style rooms have been furnished well, and the entire property is a great luxury escape in the heart of the city.
You can choose from a double or twin bedroom – all have luxury bathrooms and state of the art features.
There is also an Italian restaurant on site.
Wookey Hole Hotel
This hotel is a short drive from Wells itself, but it’s a great place to stay if you have kids in tow. Wookey Hole Caves are one of the best things to do in Somerset, but it’s by far most popular if you’re visiting as a family!
Wookey Hole Hotel has spacious and modern rooms with flat-screen TVs and comfortable beds. There is a restaurant on-site, and guests can enjoy free parking.
You can enjoy a cooked or continental breakfast every morning.
Places to stay in Weston Super Mare
15 miles/ 30 minutes from Cheddar Gorge
Lastly, you could consider staying in Weston Super Mare and driving or taking the bus to Cheddar Gorge.
Weston Super Mare does have a direct bus link, so you might find it easier to stay here. Weston Super Mare is also by the beach. There are many better beach towns in the South West, but Weston is a popular family holiday location, with a host of activities for kids both in town and nearby.
Weston Super Mare is also the start of the Mendip Way – you could technically hike to Cheddar from here, but it will take all day!
Personally, I find that the Mendip Hills are nicer and more secluded – however, there are plenty of things to do near Weston Super Mare, and it is easy to reach.
Who should stay in Weston Super Mare?
- Families – there are plenty of kid-friendly attractions in town.
- People who are travelling by public transport. You can get the train to Weston Super Mare and then take the bus into Cheddar.
- People who want a coastal break – however, there are nicer Somerset beaches an hour’s drive away in the Quantocks and Exmoor.
Things to do in Weston Super Mare
Other than all of the attractions at Cheddar, there are plenty of things to do in Weston Super Mare too. These include:
- Brean Leisure Park and Puxton Park, both of which have fun attractions for all the family.
- Weston Super Mare Pier, which has activities, games and rides.
- The beach itself!
- Weston Super Mare museum.
- Uphill beach and nature reserve.
- The Mendip Way Hiking trail.
Hotels in Weston Super Mare
Holly Lodge is a cosy guesthouse with comfortable, clean rooms and helpful owners. Breakfast is included in the room rate. Guests can choose from a double or standard room or a deluxe suite.
Royal Grosvenor Hotel
The Royal Grosvenor Hotel is right by the seafront, and some rooms have stunning views over the coastline from their balconies. Every room has an en-suite showers or a bathroom with a bath. Other facilities at The Royal Grosvenor Hotel include a bar and large outdoor dining space.
Beechlands Hotel is a three-star property in Weston Super Mare. It has comfortable clean rooms, all with their own colour scheme. Every room has an en suite bathroom with overhead shower. Also on site is an indoor pool and sauna – perfect if you want a swim but the sea is a little too cold!
Victoria Mansions Hotel Apartments
Victoria Mansions Hotel Apartments is one of the most popular holiday rentals in Weston Super Mare.
Facilities in each apartment include a self-catering kitchen, one or two bedrooms (either one double bedroom or one double and one twin bedroom depending on the size of the flat), and a bathroom with overhead shower. The flats are decorated in a modern, minimalistic style and are perfect for families, couples or groups.
Where to stay in Cheddar Gorge…
Nestled in the Mendip Hills, Cheddar is one of the most spectacular locations in the country. These hotels near Cheddar Gorge will help you make the most of the region’s spectacular views and rural atmosphere.
Whether you’re looking for destinations for romantic breaks with your other half or want somewhere all the family will enjoy, we know that you’ll love Cheddar.
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