Kents Cavern

Currently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
  • 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: +1-01803211034
  • 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

  • 95% of people who visit Torquay include Kents Cavern in their plan

  • 65.97% of people start their Kents Cavern visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Kents Cavern

Monday, Saturday and Sunday

94.65% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Kents Cavern

People normally club together Babbacombe and Exeter Quay while planning their visit to Kents Cavern.

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Kents Cavern, Torquay Reviews

  • Great experience with friendly and accommodating staff. The caves are incredible and the additional included activities are included in the price making it great value for money. The caves are perhaps not suited for really young kids as there's a lot of standing still and the sign posting to the woodland trail could be improved as we weren't the only group who took the wrong turn and ended up in a residential area. The restaurant food was amazing, not cheap, but very well made and delicious! Well worth the visit and ticket price!

  • We were on the last tour of the day (4pm), our guides David and Sarah were really informative, engaging and friendly. The caverns aren't that extensive but it takes about an hour to complete the tour as a result of the amount of history and Information to be absorbed. The floor is smooth and not challenging. Whilst there are a few steps in the cavern itself it's largely accessed by gentle ramps. The attached cafe and gift shop are nice too but all in all it's not somewhere you can really spend more than a couple of hours.

  • Loved the tour. interesting caves. nice cafe on site. however it's a small building and car park very small so ended up quite far down the road on street parking. so pick your day and timing well. If it wasn't for the parking would have given it 5 stars.

  • Quite an informative trip with some reasonably interesting stalactite etc formations. People accommodating and friendly. A lot of the trip underground was standing and listening, hence not so good for hip and back sufferers Coffee was poor. You need to work on that guys!

  • Amazing place with amazing guides the guide we had was Alfie he had so much time for me and my family. He had an amazing personality and knowledge of the caves. The caves are beautiful and the story's and theorys behind them are spectacular. It's a place you must visit to get the full experience .Was an amazing day out for us.

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