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Lying in a cave
Shelter building
Taking the leap of faith in the gorge
Gorge walking
Charterhouse Outdoor Centre
The archery range
The dining room. Additional seating available
The classroom
The camp fire area and outside space
The modern kitchen
A typical 6 bed room
The main corridor
Shelter building
Taking the leap of faith in the gorge
Gorge walking
Charterhouse Outdoor Centre

Charterhouse Outdoor Centre, Cheddar, Somerset

Sleeps 20 - 63 12 Bedrooms 63 Dining

Outdoor activity centre sleeping 63 for youth and school group residentials, with catering and activity packages, near Cheddar

Outdoor centre for families, youth and business groups

At Charterhouse Outdoor Centre we have been working with schools and various other groups since the 1960s, providing unforgettable residential trips.
As well as school groups, we have lots of experience of working with church groups, running school revision weekends and hosting scouts, sporting and youth clubs.
We can tailor an activity programme for your group. Caving is a must on the Mendips and we can also offer a wide range of other activities including climbing, gorge walking, team building and archery. If you would prefer, you can of course do your own thing.
We maintain the highest standards of health and safety and hold an AALS licence. Our kit and equipment are regularly inspected and our instructors hold a number of recognised qualifications, and are highly experienced in working with young people. As a service we work with over 12,000 young people a year aged between 7 and 18 years.
The centre has a large dining room which can also be used as a classroom, with its’ own projector. There is also a visitors’ lounge which can be used as a classroom or just somewhere to relax. We also have a large separate classroom that can be used by groups, again with a projector.
Groups are generally catered for by the centre with delicious child friendly food.
There are 12 dorm rooms with bunk beds. The accommodation is split over 2 floors (separated by 5 steps) with 6 of the rooms having en suites.
A boot room for outdoor kit means it’s easier to keep your rooms clean, plus you have somewhere to hang wet clothes.
Charterhouse is also proud to have one of the biggest telescopes in the South West in its observatory. Advanced booking is needed.

Available for your youth group

Leader Rooms Risk Assessments Presentation Aids Outdoor Activities Educational Focus



The centre has WiFi for guests. Mobile phone coverage is poor so WhatsApp calls are recommended.

Disabled Facilities

One bedroom designed with disabled access in mind which sleeps 3. It has its own wet room.

Dog Friendly

No pets allowed.


Modern commercial kitchen with 6 hob gas oven, rational catering oven, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, usual kit to cook up a storm for large group!

Dining Room

Seats up to 63 on bench seating which can be collapsed and moved around to suit your needs. Also a screen and projector is available for film nights!

Sitting Room

There is a small lounge with 3 sofas and a giant bean bag to relax in. There is also a TV and DVD player, fridge, sink and kettle.

TV and Music Facilities

Ceiling mounted projector and screen in the main hall and classroom with equipment/cables to play DVDs and music. There's also a TV in the lounge.

Games Room

We don't have a games room as such although we have some board games, giant Jenga, poker set, giant Connect 4 and a TV.

Heating and Open Fires

The centre is heated by gas/woodchip boiler and the main hall has a recently installed log burner.


12 dorm rooms sleeping between 4 and 6 people in bunk beds. 7 of the rooms have en suites. A room plan is available on request. (Sleeps 63).


A pillow is provided but you will need to bring your own bedding or bedding can be provided at an additional cost of £6 per head.


7 bedrooms have en suites including a shower. There is also a modern male and female toilet and shower block with 4 showers in each.

Children's Facilities

Charterhouse is a child friendly building, and has giant Jenga and Connect 4 available to use (not just for children!).


Plenty of outside space to enjoy, a football goal, outside sink, hosepipe, welly racks and picnic benches plus a camp fire area and large BBQ

Swimming Pool

We don't have a swimming pool.


Our private car park can fit up to 20 cars plus there is some on road parking available.


Smoking is not permitted on site.

Booking Information

Price includes VAT, full T’s & C’s will be sent with your booking form. A 20% deposit is needed to secure your booking with full payment required 4 weeks before your stay. In addition a refundable deposit of up to £1500 (depending on group size) will be taken. For more info contact the centre.

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Charterhouse is about 30 minutes from the M5 (Junction 23) and 15 minutes from the A38. The Centre is at the crossroads in Charterhouse.

  • Yatton train station is about 25 minutes away (11 miles).
  • Cheddar is the nearest town and is about 15 minutes away (5 miles).
  • Cheddar has the largest selection of shops locally and also has a supermarket.
  • Various restaurants/ cafes/ pubs in Cheddar, 15 minutes away.Burrington Combe Café 5 minutes away, 2.6 miles.The Castle of Comfort - East Harptree 10 minutes - 4.7 miles.
  • Bristol airport is about 20 minutes away (10 miles).

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This venue is available for Business Groups

The entrance

Business Groups

Charterhouse welcomes corporate groups wanting a fantastic setting for their event. Lots of meeting space, and access to a wide range of outdoor activities for team building sessions.

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