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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
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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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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Sons School trip - Stone Age study

This cave is literally down the road from our home and the staff and atmoshpere within the building excluding the caves was welcoming. Always a smile, clean and well presented on... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Torquay, United Kingdom
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Torquay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This cave is literally down the road from our home and the staff and atmoshpere within the building excluding the caves was welcoming. Always a smile, clean and well presented on reception. There are lots for the kids to do externally (outside the cave) such as dusting for fossils and sifting for gems.... The drinks and food are reasonably priced... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our trip to Kents Cavern exceeded my expectations. The highlight was our guided tour through the caves. The geological features and subterranean environment were exciting in their own right, but the guide really enhanced this experience with a host of fascinating information. Our guide David (I hope I have remembered that correctly) provided a great mix of humour and facts.... More 

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I visited Kents Cavern on 17 November. We really enjoyed our visit, our guide Ollie, was very informative on our tour of the caves. The shop was well stocked and the cafe was good.

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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took the children on Halloween and was expecting staff to be in costume but they said that Halloween was over!!! The children's activity area was poor and graffiti on the walls. Not much to do on a rainy day and it was terribly expensive. On the plus side the children enjoyed the cave tour and the guide was exceptional. Informative... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited here as a group friends for the day. Firstly I must say the guys on the till were fab and so were the caves and our tour guide! The caves were beautiful and the tour guide (apologies I cant remember his name) were full of character and made the experience! However we felt the whole experience was really... More 

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Devon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed the tour with my other half and too be honest didn't expect it to be as good as it was. Tour guide was very informative and interacted well with all visitors. The only downside was the pay and display for amount of time there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our grandson William is autistic and was very nervous, and wanted to ask as many questions as he could. There were some people on the tour who took umbridge to William's keenness, so my wonderful husband apologised and explained that he is Only seven and that he is autistic, most of the other people said no worries and said that... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was dubious about going on this tour as I suffer from claustrophobia. I was very surprised how amazing the tour was. I didn't feel claustrophobic and also found the tour very interesting. Our guide Oliver was really funny. I would definitely recommend this tour. Thanks Oliver for a great tour. We also had a cream tea in the coffee... More 

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Bristol
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This really is a must do activity if you're in the area. This is a similar experience to cheddar caves, but has a guide who takes you round. The caves themselves are beautiful and our guide was very funny which made it a fun experience. We combined this with the afternoon tea which was a really good value package (although... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went here with the wife and two grown up daughters as a gap filler before we flew home . We went on a Monday afternoon . There is room for parking for a lot of cars here you need to pay and display. There is several good exhibits here and a novelty shop also on site is a tea room... More 

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