A guide to Dan-yr-Ogof and The National Showcaves Centre
The Dan-yr-Ogof cave system stretches for over 11 miles beneath the stunning countryside of south Wales and was first discovered in 1912 by three local brothers.
As well as the stunning caves, above ground you’ll find the world’s largest collection of life-sized dinosaur models, as well as a recreated Iron Age village, stone circles, a Shire horse centre, and more. It’s the perfect destination for a family day out, with plenty to keep both children and adults entertained and enthralled.
What to do in Dan-yr-Ogof
Three caves are open to the public, including Dan-yr-Ogof along with Cathedral Cave and Bone Cave. Each one offers a unique experience, from fantastical rock formations, cascading waterfalls and underground lakes.
If you fancy some knowledge about dinosaurs’ history, Dan-yr-Ogof provides interactive exhibitions about dinosaurs and what happened to them, as well as further information about the cave system and what’s beyond the areas visited by the public.
Nearby there’s also a recreated Iron Age farm, made using similar raw materials and techniques to those used thousands of years ago. You can see where villagers would have kept their animals and how they lived their everyday lives.
Getting to Dan-yr-Ogof
The centre is just half an hour’s drive from Swansea, as well as being within easy distance of other great Welsh towns such as Merthyr Tydfil, Llanelli, and Brecon.
Swansea can be reached by car from our port in Dover in around 4 hours, or from our Newcastle port you can drive to Brecon in around 5 hours, both within easy reach of Dan-yr-Ogof.