Kents CavernCurrently Closed
- 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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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91.6% of people who visit Torquay include Kents Cavern in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
80.33% of people start their Kents Cavern visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Kents Cavern
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Kents Cavern
Fascinating tour! I've been here at least 4 times now, and each time there has been new things to learn. Themed tours are especially enjoyable. Always great tour guides too.
An interesting and informative tour through these amazing caves. It's an easy walk with handrails in places. There is also a small exhibition and children's activities indoors plus a woodland trail.
From start to finish an absolutely mind blowing experience. Hard to explain how great it was being inside pre historic caves just a few steps away from the suburbs of Torquay. Our guide was great, she was informative & interesting. We went in groups & in ours there were kids, granny's & some people with walking sticks so it was manageable. I'm even a bit claustrophobic but I was fine. Well worth the price (about £11 or £12).
Amazing caves! Really atmospheric and totally worth the trip. Too rainy to do the walk but it looked good too. Only access is with a tour - so bear in mind you may have to wait until the next one. I'll definitely be back when I'm in the area again.
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.