Wookey Hole is a village in Somerset, England. It is most famous for the Wookey Hole Caves. Wookey Hole Caves are believed to been inhabited by early man some 50,000 years ago. Bones and pottery from Iron Age Celtic people have also been found.
The Wookey Hole Caves are known for the legend of the Wookey Witch. It is said that the villagers petitioned the Abbot of Glastonbury for help with dealing with a witch who lurked in the cave. The Benedictine exorcist Father Bernard was dispatched. Folklore tells that Father Bernard defeated the witch and that his power and faith turned her to stone.
Visitors to the cave frequently report hearing a strange echoing laughter and shadows moving suddenly. The ghost of the Wookey Witch is also said to linger on in the cave.
There are legends of a giant eel which was forced into the deep caves after local fishermen drove it up the River Axe after it had destroyed their nets.
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What do you think about Wookey Hole Caves and its attractions? Has it become too touristy or can you still feel the history of the place?