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Looking to visit a cave in the United Kingdom on your next adventure? To help you better plan your next outdoor experience, we’ve collected United Kingdom’s 20 best caves for you. Based on the experiences of other users, each is a recommendation you know you can trust — so you can better plan your next adventure.

The top 20 caves in the United Kingdom

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    Thor's Cave

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    A brilliant example of a small cave system, it can be very busy here during weekends and holidsys etc, but if you go early you should miss the crowds.

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    Tom
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    Smoo cave

    Hiking Highlight

    The cave's first chamber has been formed by the sea, the inner passages by rainwater. Tours in summer take visitors to the inner chamber by boat. No charges if you don't make the boat trip. smoocave.org

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    Daniela
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    Robin Hood's Cave

    Hiking Highlight

    Lovely shielded spot from the elements

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    Anton
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    Holywell Cave

    Hiking Highlight

    At low tide, you can find Holywell Cave under the southern cliffs of Kelsey Head. Whilst the cave entrance from the beach does not seem very large, if you follow …

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    Rydal Cave

    Hiking Highlight

    Rydal Cave is actually an old quarry called Loughrigg Quarry. It was used to mine slate tiles for the local buildings around 200 years ago. It now lies dormant and …

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    David
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    Merlin's Cave

    Hiking Highlight

    Located beneath Tintagel Castle, the cave can be explored at low tides, and was made famous by Alfred Lord Tennyson's Arthurian "Idylls of the King". Part of the castle tour, …

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    Daniela
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    Hull Pot

    Hiking Highlight

    A great little spot for a picnic of the main track of the three peaks walk, it used to be on the old version over Horton moor. View this any …

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    Tom
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    The Hermitage

    Hiking Highlight

    Follow the steps up the tree-lined banks of Hermit's Wood and you will come across an intriguing cave with an arched doorway. This is the Hermitage and it was carved …

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    Goatchurch Cavern

    Hiking Highlight

    This popular cavern is set into limestone rock and is particularly beginner friendly. You can find some hand railings inside to help you, dating back from the early 20th century …

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    Kit P
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    Porth Yr Ogof Caves

    Hiking Highlight

    The cave entrance and nearby car park is the first stop on a walking route that can take you around the stunning waterfalls in this area. For full route details click here: komoot.com/tour/257832316

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    David
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    King’s Cave

    Hiking Highlight

    Legend has it that Robert the Bruce sheltered in the King’s Cave before the Battle of Bannockburn. As he sat, the King saw a spider trying to build a web …

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    Hermit's Cave

    Hiking Highlight

    The Hermit’s Cave is a folly that was built around 1790. The folly leads down a long, dark tunnel before emerging from the darkness to reveal a striking view of the waterfall across the gorge.

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    Reynards Cave

    Hiking Highlight

    Reynard’s Cave is located high up on the bank of Dovedale. The caves were formed by the erosion of limestone and have a long history, having been used as shelter …

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    Was looking forward to seeing this cavern as i had heard great things, unfortunately it was closed on the day, but reading rhe signage its still peaks my interest.. i will be back.

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    Tom
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    Hermits Cave

    Hiking Highlight

    Hermits caves are dotted all over the malverns from the days they used to be used as overnight shelters. Not sure of the facts on this one but I was …

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    Tom
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    Cave

    Hiking Highlight

    This tunnel-like cave is on the footpath around Buttermere. It is about 50 feet (15 m) long. A torch is useful as there are deep puddles inside in the pitch-black cave.

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    Tom
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    St Cuthbert's Cave

    Hiking Highlight

    St Cuthbert’s Cave is a wonderful cave shrouded in folklore. There are two stories as to why it is associated with St Cuthbert (634 – 687 AD), a Northumbrian hermit, …

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    The Devil’s Frying Pan

    Hiking Highlight

    When the roof of this cave collapsed it left behind an impressive stone arch and 330 foot (100 metre) deep hole. Depending on the weather conditions, you may see a …

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    Gaping Gill

    Hiking Highlight

    Well worth the slight detour from the traditional route up Ingleborough, huge natural pot hole (if memory serves deepest in UK) try to avoid April to August time as there …

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    Tom
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    Speedwell Cavern

    Hiking Highlight

    Speedwell Cavern is one of the four show caves in Castleton, Derbyshire, England. The cave system consists of a horizontal lead miners' adit 200m below ground leading to the cavern itself, a limestone cave.

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    Anton

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