Kents Cavern

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  • Address: Ilsham Road, Wells wood, Torquay, Devon, 2Q1 2JF, TQ1 2JF, United Kingdom
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: 01-803215136
  • Fax: +44-01803211034
  • Ticket Price: 10 GBP
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Cave, Cavern, Family And Kids, Landmarks, Historic And Protected Sites

Kents Cavern - Review

Initially bought by Francis Powe, a carpenter who made it his workshop where he made beach huts for the Torquay beach was later turned into a tourist attraction by his son, Leslie Powe where he constructed concrete pathways and electric lighting and other visitor facilities. Now, Kents Cavern is an outstanding natural cave on the coast of South Devon. It is one of the most important caves of the country and its marvelous geology and rich archeological heritage have been enchanting scientists and visitors for centuries now. The cave now attracts 80,000 visitors annually. It was awarded with The Showcase of the Year award in 2000 and as the best tourist spot of the year and awarded in 2005. It is said that this cave was inhabited by 8 different Tribes centuries ago. There have also been various excavations by explorers in this cave who have found skeletons and skulls of animals and even humans among which the most interesting is a human part which shows deadly scratch marks on it.

The cave is full of mysteries and the ambience inside underlines the mystery even more. The Geopark’s archeological evidences reveal that people and animals have been visiting the cave since hundreds of thousands of years. It has stories that date back to almost 400 million years that has also enriched the cultural heritage of the area. It is a protected natural site and so very important to Britain.

For thousands of years the cave has served as a shelter to its dwellers from the harsh weather and it is also believed that in this cave the pre-historic humans also discovered the use of fire and also learnt the art of making iron tools to hunt for food.

Kents Cavern Information

  • Do try to take a tour without a guide along with you as they can make your tour much more entertaining.
  • Check the recent ticket prices and timings before visiting.
  • Latest entry timings are to be checked just before the visit as they keep changing almost every month.
  • Halloween tours are an exclusive attraction.
  • Underground tours are also a must experience to feel the spine chilling thrill that takes you back to the age of ancient humans.
  • There is also an underground exhibition chamber.
  • There are plenty to entertain with Stone Age woodland trail, indoor kids archeological dig area, hands on cave art area.
  • The place also has little gift shops, beautiful gardens and restaurants also.

Kents Cavern Ticket Prices

  • All major cards accepted (not AmEx)
  • Euros and USD accepted Adults – 9.25 Pounds.
  • Children– (3-15years)- 8.50 Pounds.
  • Children (below 3 years)- free.
  • Students and senior citizens- 8.50 Pounds.

How To reach Kents Cavern by Public Transport

  • Use no. 32 and no. 11 Stagecoach bus service to St. Mathias Church
  • Follow brown tourist signs to Kents Cavern Prehistoric caves if you are coming by car.
  • Passenger ferry service is available from Dartmouth, Plaignton and Brixham to Torquay Harbour
  • Nearest railway station is Newtown Abbot.
  • Bristol International airport is the closest.

Restaurants Near Kents Cavern

  • Basil’s Brasserie
  • Nino’s Italian Restaurant
  • Lavani

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TripHobo Highlights for Kents Cavern

  • Kents Cavern Address: Ilsham Road, Wells wood, Torquay, Devon, 2Q1 2JF, TQ1 2JF, United Kingdom
  • Kents Cavern Contact Number: 01-803215136
  • Kents Cavern Timing: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Kents Cavern Price: 10 GBP
  • Best time to visit Kents Cavern(preferred time): 11:00 am - 02:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Kents Cavern: 03:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Kents Cavern

  • 91.58% of people who visit Torquay include Kents Cavern in their plan

  • 80.33% of people start their Kents Cavern visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Kents Cavern

Monday, Wednesday and Sunday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Kents Cavern

People normally club together Babbacombe and Babbacombe Model Village while planning their visit to Kents Cavern.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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Kents Cavern, Torquay Reviews

  • We love the caves here and have been several times before (quite a few years ago though). Our guide (David) was fabulous, entertaining and very knowledgeable and skilfully kept the kids entertained with jokes and tales. The cafe is lovely with a good selection of snacks, drinks and meals (but at the usual tourist cafe prices is expensive) All the staff were very friendly and helpful throughout. The only reason we haven't given 5* is the price (7 of us paid £70 for an hour's tour) although we can appreciate the upkeep, staff costs etc must be high it still seems steep for 1 hour of entertainment, education. Being a local it is frustrating to pay 'tourist' prices but I'm sure I'd happily pay it if I was on holiday.

  • Fantastic guided walk through by Alfie, I love me a good dad joke, and his were non stop! Very entertaining and informative - even for a law student. It is quite chilly, so I'd suggest a jacket. It's a shame the tour was only an hour long, but well worth a visit. By far the best place we've been to on the south coast of Devon.

  • The place is further away from Torquay city centre. It was very interesting, however I don’t think it was worth £45 and you don’t get any concession as a family. The tour guide takes you in but there was a lot of standing around. When we went hey charged more for a ghost ride and I feel for £45 it should of been part of the price not charging another £24. Is it Interesting ? Yes Was it worth £45 for 3 adults and 1 child ? No Would I visit again ? No Quite disappointed not getting worth the value for your money.

  • Fascinating insight into the past through these historic caves. A guided tour through the underground caverns of about an hour, with insight into how they were formed, rediscovered as well as tales of who once lived there. A few slopes and low roofs, but pretty easy to walk for young and old. A steady temperature of 14c so you might need a jumper. A good way of passing the morning or afternoon for anyone on holiday in the Torbay area. Also a woodland adventure walk outside, which is more challenging for those with mobility issues or if you have a pushchair as quite steep and some steps. A nice little cafe inside serving a range of food and drink, plus the customary shop with all the paraphernalia you'd expect from a museum type shop. Definitely worth a visit.

  • An interesting cave system with evidence of human activity from thousands of years ago. Unfortunately, they don't let you explore the caves by yourself, and the visit is restricted to a 45-60 minute tour. Our tour guide was friendly and we learned a bit about rocks and cave formations - I now get why stalagmites and stalactites form! On the downside, the guide was obviously reciting from a script and didn't seem particularly passionate about the subject. At 12 quid a ticket, you'd expect a bit more engagement on this front. The format of the cave probably suits free exploration better than a forced tour, and would be better off allowing visitors free roam, with the option of a guide for a bit extra.

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