Kents Cavern, Torquay

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  • Address: Ilsham Road, Wells wood, Torquay, Devon, 2Q1 2JF, United Kingdom
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: 01-803215136
  • Ticket Price: 10 GBP
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Cave, Cavern, Family And Kids
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About Kents Cavern, Torquay

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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Kents Cavern, Torquay Reviews

  • You must go into these caves. They are good. You must then come back out or you will die. It is dark, except when the lights are on. The lights are always on. Apart from when they turn them off momentarily. Alan was a good tour guide, despite the cold. THIS IS NOT A MUSEUM. They made that very clear!

  • Had a great day here with friends. Our tour guide (Amy) was knowledgeable and fun. All the staff were friendly and helpful. Parking on-site cost £2. Restaurant was good with average prices.

  • One of my favourite places in Torquay. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable, friendly, passionate and enthusiastic about her job, I must also mention that she was fantastic with the kids. Such an interesting place and well worth the money - a must if you're in Torquay!

  • We had a wonderful time at the caves on Sunday. 3 generations plus friends to see Santa. The tour was magic, the staff were helpful and jolly and the food was excellent [never expected such a lunch from a attraction like this!! Would be great for a special meal occasion] Thank you all again for a great day and the reindeer food! :]

  • As a former Torbay resident, after about 25 years this was my first visit to Kents Cavern - it was a shame I hadn't seen it sooner! The caves have a fascinating story behind them and there is plenty to see and do for all ages. Our guide for the tour Michael was very thorough and entertaining to the mixed group we had, giving us lots of interesting facts and jokes along the way. Although I did not visit the restaurant it was clean and there appeared to be a good range of reasonably priced food and drink. 1 star is knocked off as parking is payable and the toilets appeared to be in need of an upgrade. Overall a very enjoyable visit and somewhere I'd recommend for all ages.

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