Kents Cavern, Torquay
About Kents Cavern, Torquay
Kents Cavern, Torquay - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: Ilsham Road, Wells wood, Torquay, Devon, 2Q1 2JF
Ticket Price: 10 GBP
Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
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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
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What an amazing place! So interesting, amazing history and artefacts on display, amazing to find out about the history of the caves... never would have thought there were hyenas and cave bears in this country!! Loved it, tour guide meg was fantastic, very knowledgeable, amazing rock formations, surprisingly colourful and lovely natural patterns in the rocks. Love love loved it, just my cup of tea! Ship big and reasonably priced, didn't use cafe but looked nice. Man on the counter was very friendly and helpful as well. Would definitely recommend a visit here!
The family and I loved it really good educational and fun Couple of hours. We didn't get to see the gardens because of the rain. They look amazing. Only a four though the guide was excellent clear and enthusiastic. However other peoples young children made it very hard to hear her all the time. If your in the area though it's a must. (May be they should try and keep little noisy one together)
A very lovely day out for the family. Our tour of the cave was made very enjoyable by our lovely tour guide. If you don't have kids then in an evening you can experience a ghost tour of the cave, they recommend no one under 8 for that tour. There is also a lot of activities here for kids including finding your own gems and that parts free/ inexpensive!
Great experience for our 4 yr old boy. Bit scared at first but the tour guide Alan was great put all the kids at ease on his introduction talk. Taking a picnic would be a good idea but there is a nice cafe there of not. Also included is a woodland walk with some hidden facts etc around it. Brass running and chalk boards inside as an extra too. Tour of caves was about an hour
We had a fantastic time at the caves. Alan the tour guide was a star, he made our son "tour guide" for a while which lit our son up with excitement. The admission was ok & there was a good range of hot/cold food that wasn't overly priced. The woodlands trail was ok but didn't last long. Parking was limited but you can park nearby on the road for free. Overall it was well worth it & we would definitely recommend