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Kents Cavern Prehistoric Caves

Type:Cave

Ilsham Road, Wellswood, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2JF

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Kents Cavern Prehistoric Caves, Torquay, Devon
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Opening Dates and Times

Opening (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

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Guide Prices

In addition to the usual entry prices.
Please note: there is a £3 charge for use of the on-site car park.

About

Kents Cavern is one of Europe’s top Stone Age caves, with an extensive labyrinth of spectacular and easily accessible caverns open daily all year. Our entertaining guides will take you on an underground adventure in this award winning attraction, once home to Britain’s earliest humans and Ice Age beasts. Explore fascinating passageways and stunning chambers where you can get up close with spectacular cave formations, around 2 million years old.

There’s loads to do outside the caves, with fun family activities throughout the school holidays. Head to the Woodland Trail and discover our life-size Ice Age statues, including a huge woolly mammoth!

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, pop inside to Firestone Kitchen, the home of food and drink at the caves, and enjoy quality food, homemade cakes and refreshing drinks throughout the day. (Top tip: you don’t need to visit the caves to enjoy Firestone Kitchen!)

We have a jam-packed event programme throughout the year, including our nationally rated Santa in the Caves experience, Carols Underground, Cave Cinema and more! Check out our website for more information, prices and how to book: https://www.kents-cavern.co.uk/

History

Kents Cavern is widely known as Britain's Oldest Home due to a discovery of a jaw fragment dated between 41,000-44,000 years old - the oldest find of a modern human in North-West Europe. 

Not only that, Kents Cavern is unique on a global stage too. There are only two caves in the world where three or more different species of humans are found, and only one is open to the general public - us!​​​​​

All of the Ice Age animal statues have a real connection to Kents Cavern: bones and teeth from each have been found in the depths of the caves. These include a woolly mammoth, a cave bear, a scimitar cat, a wolf, an Irish elk, and a wild horse. Today, you can still see a Cave Bear leg and other bones which remain in the cave wall.

Accessibility 

A Visual Guide is now available for Kents Cavern,  The Guide is a site specific online tool to help people plan and consider their visit to a new place. The Visual Guide shows anything from functional information like entry prices, parking and facilities, but also highlights elements like sound levels, lighting types, spaces and bespoke features that may cause alarm or confusion.

Awards

  • Devon TourismVisit Devon Awards - Silver Visit Devon Awards - Silver 2022
  • Devon TourismVisit Devon Awards - Gold Visit Devon Awards - Gold 2022
  • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

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    • Very Good
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    • Average
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    • Poor
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    Recent Reviews:

    • Jo O
      Excellent family fun
      5 of 5 stars
      18/02/2024
      This was a good find. Excellent if weather is not great. Entertained kids 6- 13 yrs and adults too. Tour guide was animated, humourous and knowledgeable. Lots of bonus activities in the school... Read full review
    • donna t
      Ely, United Kingdom
      Interesting and informative for all ages
      5 of 5 stars
      23/02/2024
      Interesting and informative. Great across all ages. The story and history all bought to life about the Caves in Torquay, about who and what lived there and how it was found. A great cafe on site too... Read full review
    • aisawithey79
      Torquay, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Can’t fault it ! Excellent tour experience
      5 of 5 stars
      25/02/2024
      First time visiting for me although the kids had been before on school trips. Was brilliant to get the special offer of 50% residency discount. Our tour guide Lucas was excellent! So knowledgeable... Read full review

    Related Events

    09/03/2024 - 10/03/2024

    Mothers' Day High Tea, Kents Cavern, Torquay, DevonMothers' Day High TeaEnjoy an afternoon tea for two on Mothers' Day Weekend; Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th March 2024, in the Kents Cavern Cafe. No cave visit is necessary. Mother's Day is fast approaching, and we're here to help you make sure yours has an amazing day. If your mum is a history buff or someone who likes…
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    26/03/2024 - 28/05/2024

    Yoga in the Caves, Kents Cavern, Torquay, DevonYoga in the CavesJoin in a truly unique underground experience. Allow yourself to completely relax with no distractions, and just the gentle drip of water as background noise. As you drift off into your meditation, immerse yourself as your eyes follow the flow of the cave walls. Date: 26th March to 28th May Yoga…
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    29/03/2024 - 14/04/2024

    Easter Egg in the caves Easter Egglow! - Kents CavernEASTER EGGLOW! What's that glowing in the cave? Is it a torch? Is it a lantern? No, it's an Egg! But how many can you find hiding in the cave? Join us this holiday for Easter Egglow! As one of our fantastic guides leads you through the cave see how many glowing eggs you can find and you might…
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    Facilities

    Children & Infants

    • Facilities for children

    Facilities

    Establishment Features

    • Cater for groups

    Venue Facilities

    • Groups Accepted

    Facilities

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking - Chargable

    Facilities

    Other

    • Gift Shop

    Accessibility

    • Facilities for Disabled Visitors
    • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
    • Guide Dogs Permitted
    • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
    • Ramp/Level Access
    • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

    Attraction Facilities

    • Shop
    • Tea Rooms

    Catering

    • On-Site café/restaurant - Meals and refreshments available, with terrace overlooking the Ilsham Valley.
    • Picnic Site

    Children & Infants

    • Accept Children Over 3
    • Facilities for children

    Establishment Features

    • Available for wedding receptions
    • Cater for groups
    • Event venue
    • Licenced for civil marriages
    • Open All Year
    • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
    • Staff fluent in foreign languages ** (List of languages are separately given)
    • Tea / Coffee Shop
    • Toilets
    • Wedding Venue

    Key Features

    • Indoor Attraction
    • Max group size - 200
    • Min group size - 20
    • Of historic, literary or architectural interest

    Languages spoken

    • French spoken

    Parking & Transport

    • Coach Parking
    • On site parking - Chargable
    • Parking (charge)

    Payment Methods

    • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
    • Contactless payment accepted
    • Delta accepted
    • Maestro accepted
    • MasterCard accepted
    • Solo accepted
    • Special group rates
    • Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted
    • Switch accepted
    • TIC Staff Admitted Free
    • Visa accepted

    Printed Material in Foreign Languages

    • French printed material
    • German printed material
    • Italian printed material

    Specialist Features

    • Family Fun
    • Marketed towards children
    • Marketed towards families

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Demonstrations Given
    • Educational Visits Accepted
    • Guided Tours Available for Groups
    • Guided Tours Compulsory for Groups
    • Guided Tours Compulsory for Individuals

    Travel & Trade

    • Group discounts available
    • Wi-fi available

    Venue Facilities

    • Groups Accepted

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