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The National Showcaves Centre for Wales

Dan-Yr-Ogof Showcaves Brecon Road | Near Swansea/Brecon, Pen-y-cae SA9 1GJ, Wales
+44 1639 730284
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Good Day Out.

We visited yesterday for the first time and really enjoyed ourselves. We liked the freedom to go... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
lancashire47
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Abergavenny, United Kingdom
Very well presented caves and dinosaur park

We were staying at Craig-y-Nos Castle (see my review) and thought we would have a walk to the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
TheBard99
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London, United Kingdom
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Voted Britain’s Finest Natural Wonder, and the winner of all major environmental and tourism awards.There are three exceptional caves to experience - Dan-yr-Ogof, Cathedral Cave and Bone Cave. Each cave offers a unique underground adventure. In Dan-yr-Ogof you walk through beautifully decorated passageways for just under 1 kilometre; in Cathedral Cave you walk through enormous caverns, carved out millions of years ago. At the end of this cave you will walk behind 40 feet high waterfalls that cascade around you in the ‘Dome of St Paul’s’, an exceptional end to a truly breathtaking cave. In Bone Cave learn why 42 human skeletons are buried there, and why our ancestors used caves all those years ago.On site we also have one of the world’s largest collections of life-sized dinosaur models. Ranging from the ever popular Tyrannosaurus Rex and Brachiosaurs, to the lesser-known Tsintaosaurus. There are over 220 models to see – you are bound to find your favourite dinosaur! The Shire Horse Centre offers the excitement of two indoor children’s play areas. We also have the farm experience. Why not make friends with the gentle giants – our Shire horses are waiting to say hello. Include the Iron Age village, museum, stone circles, and you have plenty to see and do for all ages. As we are situated in a National Park, you might like to consider staying on our Caravan/Tenting site for your visit to the caves?For those who may want a break, there is our Coffee shop, and finally the Rock and Dinosaur shop to enjoy.
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“cathedral cave” (236 reviews)
“bone cave” (176 reviews)
“dinosaur park” (112 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Dan-Yr-Ogof Showcaves Brecon Road | Near Swansea/Brecon, Pen-y-cae SA9 1GJ, Wales
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited yesterday for the first time and really enjoyed ourselves. We liked the freedom to go around at our own pace and as long as we liked was lovely. We wondered about the dinosaurs but to educate children is really good and helps them...More

Thank lancashire47
Reviewed 5 days ago

We were staying at Craig-y-Nos Castle (see my review) and thought we would have a walk to the caves. Its about 10/15 mins gentle walk along a very fast road but you can walk on the verge. I was told there is a short cut...More

Thank TheBard99
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There were a number of caves to visit at the National Show Caves, the least impressive was the bone cave as it was tiny and had quite a queue to get in. Having said that, there was some interesting history relating to that cave. The...More

Thank stay2
Dan O, Manager at The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your recent visit to our attraction, and for taking the time to leave this five-star review; we really appreciate it. Bone Cave is small when compared to the twisting, turning passageways of Dan-yr-Ogof Cave, or the beautifully cavernous Cathedral Cave, but it...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived in the pouring rain, but it didn't take away from a good couple of hours, the Cathedral cave in particular was really interesting, the waterfall was amazing, the bone cave wasn't worth walking up all the steps and putting on a hard hat,...More

Thank lesleys78
Dan O, Manager at The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you, Lesley, for taking the time to leave this review. I’m pleased you had an enjoyable day out with us (despite the rain!), and that you found the entry fee to be good value for money. Hopefully we can welcome you for a return...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We passed through the area on our journey back from a few days away and saw signs for the caves so we made a visit and we’re glad we did. The caves were surrounded by dinosaurs which looked lifesized! There were 3 caves to visit...More

Thank Ruth L
Dan O, Manager at The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello Ruth. Thank you for this five-star review; we really appreciate you taking the time to write it. Our 250+ dinosaurs are indeed life-sized; it’s hard to believe such beings once wandered the Earth! I’m delighted that – in the face of your claustrophobia –...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was my first visit although my companion had been before. I loved the caves, all three very different and unique. The dinosaurs around the park were very entertaining and children must live spotting them. The Shire Horse centre was great and again must be...More

Thank SueJ199
Dan O, Manager at The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you, Sue, for taking the time to leave a review following your recent visit to our attraction. Each of our caves has its own inimitability, and I’m pleased you loved all three. I will pass your other comments – those regarding our pricing and...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Staff were ll-mannered and unhelpful. Witnessed a pregnant lady being abused by staff in the cafe who had complained about a drink and they were very rude to her. I will not be visiting again. Lots of other things to do in this area, don't...More

Thank KC2012
Dan O, Manager at The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

The account of this matter presented to me clashes with your comments; our staff were more than happy to refund the drink and replace it for a fresh one as soon as they noticed there was an issue. I apologise if this was your experience...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Arrived for anniversary treat. Thoroughly enjoyed the natural beauty of all 3 caves, showing some what historical references. Although I went for the outstanding natural beauty. Despite having several power failures where we were the only people in the cathedral caves it left an air...More

Thank Kande11
Dan O, Manager at The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your recent visit, and for taking the time to leave this five-star review. We’re delighted you chose to spend your anniversary with us, and that you both had a lovely day out at our attraction. Visitor safety is paramount. Our valley experienced...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fantastic place to take the family to explore the caves, read about the history and enjoy walking.

Thank Hilary P
Dan O, Manager at The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello Hilary. Thank you for your recent visit to our attraction, and for taking the time to leave this five-star review; we really appreciate it! Dan Owen.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Since it's out of season it was quite quiet and there weren't many staff about, but it didn't matter. We found our way to each of the caves - that's all we did since we had our dog with us and were heading off somewhere...More

Thank LucyFelthouse
Dan O, Manager at The National Showcaves Centre for Wales, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello Lucy. Many thanks for taking the time to leave this five-star review! We are indeed out of the main season at present, but members of staff are never far away to help with any visitor queries. I’m delighted you found our three Showcaves to...More

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Response from gingerfree1 | Reviewed this property |
yes they are in the dinosaur and caves part but there is a lot of steep bits and steps. so long as your dog is agile and fit it's worth taking them. Can't remember if they let dogs in to the farm part due to the animals... More
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hello yes they do! I'm not sure the rate but I can tell you our bill should have been 48 for two adults two children. But was 38 with two disabled children. No free carer or reduction for carer.
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becky l
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Response from melabar | Reviewed this property |
Allow four hours, unless you are in a hurry. Caves are great and some interesting shops - good for unusual gifts. Nice snacks and food in the café.
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