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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 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)

Guide 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.

Awards

2019 Visit Devon Gold Award - International Visitor Experience

2019 Visit Devon Bronze Award - Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award

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 - Bronze Visit Devon Awards - Bronze 2019
  • Devon TourismVisit Devon Awards - Gold Visit Devon Awards - Gold 2019
  • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

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    Recent Reviews:

    • MichaelL10043
      Certainly worth a visit
      5 of 5 stars
      12th May 2022
      A great visit with family of all ages. Guide was knowledgeable and great fun. Certainly worth a visit. Read full review
    • I4000ZWsandeepk
      An amazing experience
      5 of 5 stars
      12th May 2022
      I visited the Ken Caves over the Easter weekend. The experience was amazing. The guide was very knowledgeable and had sense of humor. The history is amazing. I would certainly recommend it to all age... Read full review
    • mashedp2022
      Parent used to work here
      5 of 5 stars
      15th May 2022
      Lovely people, I've been through the caves about 6 times in my life, always good and great with kids. Café expensive though, Read full review

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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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