Marble Arch Caves
The Marble Arch Caves are one of Europe’s finest showcaves and allow visitors to explore a fascinating, natural underworld of rivers, winding passages and lofty chambers. Lively and informative guides conduct tours past a bewildering variety of cave formations. Stalactites glisten above steamways and chambers, while fragile mineral veils and cascades of creamy calcite coat walls and create shimmering terraces. Spectacular walkways allow easy access while powerful lighting reveals the stunning beauty and grandeur of the caves. Electrically powered boats glide through the huge caverns carrying visitors along a subterranean river. Tours last for 75 minutes and are suitable for people of any age and of average fitness. They consist of a 1.5km guided walk with 154 steps to climb at the end. Comfortable walking shoes and a warm sweater are recommended. Please be aware that the length of the tour is weather dependent and parts of the cave may be inaccessible after heavy rain. Pre-booking by telephone is advisable (+44 (0) 2866348855).
After your guided tour, take the time to explore the informative exhibition area in the Visitor Centre, watch stunning footage of the Geopark in the free audio-visual presentation, browse the diverse range of products available in the gift shop and take a leisurely stroll through the Marble Arch National Nature Reserve. For little kids (and big kids alike!), ask at reception for a free worksheet to complete the fun fossil trail in the car park, or see what insects and wildflowers you can identify in the wildflower knoll at the rear of the centre!