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Kents Cavern

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Address: 89-91 Ilsham Road | Cavern House, Torquay TQ1 2JF, England
Phone Number:
+44 1803 215136
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

Kents Cavern is by far Britain's most important prehistoric cave used by...

Kents Cavern is by far Britain's most important prehistoric cave used by ancient humans for the last 500,000 years including Neanderthals and early modern humans.

The caves are open every day for guide tours, 7 days a week with natural caverns, amazing natural formations, remains of mammoth, woolly rhino, sabre-toothed cats, an Ice Age woodland trail quest, nice shop and cafe with views over the Ilsham Valley.

The closest hotel to the attraction is the Gleneagles, inspiration for TV's Fawlty Towers. We are 2km from Torquay Harbour and only 15 mins walk from the South West Coast Path and local beaches, well-known to previous visitors like Agatha Christie, Beatrix Potter, George V, Alfred Wallace and Charles Darwin.

Perfect for a rainy or sunny day by the seas, winter or summer.

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A real interesting time seeing and hearing about the caverns , We had a lovely guide who was so informative I would highly recommend going here !!!!!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A real interesting time seeing and hearing about the caverns , We had a lovely guide who was so informative I would highly recommend going here !!!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It was ok there. For a tourist attraction, they charge you for parking and it isn't cheap either. You get a tour guide so cannot spend too long in the caves. You have to wait in the holding area until the next tour so we spent 10 minutes waiting by the big wooden door. When we were in, it is... More 

Thank Peter W
Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had a wonderful tourguide called Steve, a funny guy but so informative, family had a wonderful time in the caves

Thank Louise S
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Easy access and very interesting, Guide was very informative and fun, a good wet wether activity. Cafe was reasonably priced with a good range of food on offer

Thank tonyevangelist
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Really interesting hour spent learning about the history of the cavern. Our guide was excellent and helped bring it all to life.

Thank alloydtaylor
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a really enjoyable visit here made even more fun by the knowledgeable guide David. He entertained us during the whole of our amazing tour and would highly recommend you go there if you are in Devon. Just a tip, book on line beforehand if you are going as it works out cheaper!

Thank Swellzie
Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Steve was a very good tour guide and all the staff seemed friendly and helpful. Very interesting site and educational and enjoyable for children around 7+ (some younger ones might be a little scared). Lovely family trip out and the tour was about an hour so not bad for the price. Little activities for children while waiting for next tour... More 

Thank LesleyofDevon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The kids really wanted to go on a bear hunt in the caves, and that's exactly what we did! It was fantastic, and it was all down to our lovely tour guide, she was brilliant and great with the kids. We looked for bears and hunted for treasure, we had an excellent time. The kids couldn't stop talking about it... More 

Thank LJMJ2010
England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a find! I was expecting a small and probably not that interesting cave but, it was February and we had to do something. How wrong could I have been! This cave complex is one of the best I have ever been to and I have been down several in both UK and Europe. The tour and our guide were... More 

Thank AAE_14
Portishead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The cave is large, and the lighting good, also you get to experience it in the dark. Many cave people used to live here, and the atmosphere is...well you ought to experience it. A great place for the Familly, or alone...

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