OUR VISITOR CENTRE
‘I love the shop and the so many different cheeses you can try before buying. And now the tour of their cheese making facility is really educational' Nick Davies.
We openly welcome guests to our working Dairy and Visitor Centre. This is where the genuine magic of our transformation of fresh raw milk into curds and whey and, ultimately award-winning cheddar takes place. And here you can watch the whole process, from start to finish.
Our Visitor Centre combines the Dairy along with access to some of our maturing stores and a display of objects associated with cheesemaking over the years. Guests are able to watch any part of the authentic cheese making process as well as viewing the packing room, where our cheese is portioned and prepared for sale. A continuous DVD (approx 17mins ) shows the whole process from beginning to end. Detailed information on each stage is displayed on the walls.
'Excellent selection of cheeses, friendly service and an interesting look "behind the scenes" of cheddar making. Well worth a visit!' Brian Schæfer Dreyer,
The Visitor Centre is open 7 days a week from 10am. The milk arrives prior to this and will already have started its journey into curds and whey. Throughout the day, various parts of the process can be viewed, culminating in the filling of the day’s make cheese moulds, generally around 3.15pm.
We produce our cheese by hand, in open vats, using traditional methods. Watch our talented cheese makers transform a vat-full of local milk into traditional, cloth-bound cylinders of cheese every day.
'Brilliant Shop. Worth a visit! The cheese making tour was really great. I enjoyed the video on how cheddar is made. We did cheese tasting which was really great and were able to select our cheese ' K. Scheepers
Having seen the cheese being made, many of our guests wander through to the shop to taste our cheese. We have a wide range for you to try, from the young 'Mellow' cheddar, more senior 'Mature' and of course our award winning 'Vintage' - depending on how strong you like your cheese! The complex 'Cave Matured' is available to try too - this is a truly exceptional cheddar cheese which we mature in the nearby natural Cheddar Caves. Our staff are on hand to answer any questions you may have and to help you make the most of your experience and visit. Please have a look at some of our reviews to read what others have enjoyed about their time with us.
Our shop sells our entire range of cheddars, along with some exceptional guest cheeses. We also stock our award-winning cheese straws (made with more cheese than anything else on the market!) pickles, chutneys and relishes, beautiful pottery - all reflecting our handmade, top quality ethos. We love to welcome groups both large and small. Please continue reading below for additional information concerning group bookings.
We look forward to welcoming you!
CAR PARKING IN CHEDDAR GORGE
Parking is limited during School holidays. We have many car parks nearby - all within a few minutes walk!
Lots of spaces at Cheddar Gorge Caves Car Parks - £5 for the day
or Sedgemoor Council Car Park (BS27 3PX), next to the Riverside Inn.
With options of staying for 1 hour £0.80 , 2 hours £1.60 or 4 hours £3.50
Between mid September and mid March ‘on street’ parking is allowed along the Gorge road - do check permitted dates first
GROUP BOOKINGS INFORMATION
|NO ADVANCE GROUP BOOKINGS IN AUGUST!|
We do not take group bookings during August as it is an extremely busy month for us. However groups are more than welcome to visit by purchasing tickets from the shop at a price of £2.00 per adult head.
Rates - Our rates for 2018 are £1.85 per person for groups of 20 or more, for less than 20 people the price is £2 each.
For any one group, one person in every 30 is admitted free of charge.
Opening Times - Our shop is open all year round for cheese tasting and making purchases of our authentic Cheddar cheese. The Visitor Centre at the back of our shop where the cheese making process can be viewed, is available all year (apart from 1-2 weeks at the start of January, when we close it for annual maintenance), from 10:00 to 15:00.
Groups - The maximum number we can take at any one time is 45. Larger groups will need to divide into two separate groups. (While one group goes through the Visitor Centre, the other can be cheese tasting.)
For groups of 30 or less there may be other members of the public in the Visitor Centre at the same time. For groups of 30 or more the visit is exclusive.
The real time cheese making process takes 7 hours, so it depends on what time the group is here as to how much physical activity there is in the diary at that time.
We play a DVD (English or French spoken) which shows the whole process from start to finish in about 17 minutes. There will also be a guide available to answer any questions. Your visit to the dairy will then be followed by cheese tasting in our shop.
Payment - Cheques, Credit Cards or Cash are accepted and payment on the day is acceptable on the understanding that we will send an invoice for payment should the group not arrive and no notice has been given.
We can also invoice following the visit providing we have the invoice address details prior to the visit.
Dogs - Unfortunately, due to the nature of what we do in our Visitor Centre, we are unable to accept dogs into this area. We do have a courtyard where someone can sit with dog/dogs.
We have a coach drop off and pick up point only directly outside our shop/dairy. Several coaches use this parking bay during the day so it is important that coach drivers do not leave their coaches parked here for the duration of the visit. Coaches can be parked further up the Gorge but that may be subject to a parking charge from the Caves.