Get an insight into the fascinating history of cave dining at Wookey Hole

The very first successful cave dive in Britain took place at Wookey Hole. Graham Balcombe and his partner Penelope (Mossy) Powell dived to a depth of 52 m (170 ft) into the cave, reaching Chamber 7 in 1935.

The site has provided rich pickings for archaeologists and anthropologists over the years.

From Roman finds, human skeletons to animal bones, daggers and prehistoric tools, Wookey Hole has produced a treasure trove of incredible artefacts – and you can see some of them in the Cave Diving Museum.

Wookey Hole is still used by cave divers today. The complexity of the cave diving system makes it an ideal training ground for divers. You can learn more about modern cave diving in a film made by the British diving team who led the famous cave rescue in Thailand in 2018.

Wookey Hole was also the site of one of the deepest cave dives in history (to a depth of 90 metres).

The diver pictured here is Michael Thomas, who had made many discoveries at Wookey Hole, some of which are on display in the Cave Diving Museum.

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