The cave itself has been much admired by countless thousands of visitors over decades even centuries. Here is an opportunity to explore the explorers like William Pengelly and some of his detailed notes, sketches, photographs and the objects he found.
We also meet some early visitors like Beatrix Potter, W E Gladstone and Charles Darwin. We also explore the scientific minutiae with dips into geology mineralogy and anthropology.
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