Kents Cavern Torquay


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

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Kents Cavern, Torquay, Devon

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An English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark Key Site.

Kents Cavern is one of Europe’s top and most exciting 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 and Stone Age home to Britain’s earliest humans and Ice Age beasts. Trips around the caves explore fascinating passageways and stunning chambers where you can get up close with thousands of year old cave formations.

There’s loads to do outside the caves, with fun family activities throughout the school holidays, where you can channel the skills of your ancestors on our Woodland Trail. Hunt for animals like woolly mammoths, hyenas and cave bears; see if you could survive the Stone Age at our spear throwing and shelter building stations.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite head into Firestone Kitchen, the home of food and drink at the caves for top quality food throughout the day. (Top tip: you don’t need to visit the caves to enjoy Firestone Kitchen!)

Agatha Christie, born in Torquay, used the labyrinth of caves as the inspiration for Hampsley Cavern in her novel‘The Man in the Brown Suit’ (1924) and it seems likely that Kents Cavern began Agatha’s lifelong fascination with archaeology, 

Every day during school holidays, there are lots of extra craft sessions to get involved with. Loads of special events throughout the year including our famous Santa in the Caves experience, Carols Underground, Candlelit tours, Cave Cinema, Dinosaur Quest and more! Check out our website for more information, prices and how to book:

2019 Visit Devon Gold Award - International Visitor Experience

2019 Visit Devon Bronze Award - Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award

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Please note: there is a £2 charge for use of the on-site car park.


  • Devon TourismVisit Devon Awards - Bronze Visit Devon Awards - Bronze 2019
  • Devon TourismVisit Devon Awards - Gold Visit Devon Awards - Gold 2019
  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2021
  • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

Opening Times

Opening (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)



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    Recent Reviews:

    • davidgS5304LJ
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      5 of 5 stars
      4th Aug 2021
      Caves are great, tour guide Izzy knew her stuff, would not recommend anyone not stable on feet or children who get bored quickly, excellent day out Read full review
    • markcT401NY
      Great place to visit with family
      5 of 5 stars
      4th Aug 2021
      Visited the caves in July 2021 during a very hot few days. First of all, the gardens and woodland trail are very relaxing and it is a nice place to sit and have a drink and some cake if that is your... Read full review
    • judithgreen9
      Rutland, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Kents Cavern through the oak door
      5 of 5 stars
      4th Aug 2021
      The location is fascinating-the woodland walk activity was focused & fun, but the tour given by Tom was the highlight. This was funny, informative & enthusiastic. Read full review




    • Gift Shop


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

    Attraction Facilities

    • Shop
    • Tea Rooms


    • 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

    • 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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    This Official Tourism Website is managed by the English Riviera BID Company Ltd.
    Company number 10237792.
    Registered address 5 Vaughan Parade, Torquay, Devon, England, TQ2 5JG.
    Telephone 01803 211211

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