91 Ilsham Road
Devon TQ1 2JF
This prehistoric underground cave system is a very popular Torquay, Devonshire tourist attraction. The caves were formed by water action two million years ago but it was not until Neolithic times that they were first inhabited by humans.
When visiting modern Torquay it is hard to imagine that this area was home to some of the first humans to inhabit Britain.
We know that the caves were explored in the 16th century because "William Petre 1571" and "Robert Hedges 1688" were found inscribed on stalagmites. Subsequent excavations have uncovered artefacts, fossils and bones revealing these caves’ ancient history.
This attraction has won several awards for its presentation of prehistory in an attractive, informative and interesting way. There are a number of activities specifically provided for children.
A licensed 100-seat restaurant serving local produce and overlooking the Ilsham Valley
Open until 16.30 hours daily. There is a Gift Shop, Toilets as well as a garden & woodland walk.
Plan Your Visit
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Wheelchair users are restricted to the first chamber for which there is no charge. Other disabled visitors should check out the ‘Access Statement' on the official website Web: Visiting Kents Cavern External Link
Opening Times & Admission Costs
Kents Cavern is open all year. Admission is by guided tour only. Tours run regularly throughout the day and are by timed ticket.
Go to the official website for opening hours and tour times.
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)1803 215 136
Kents Cavern Website External Link
Kents Cavern is situated 1 mile from Torquay harbour, towards Babbacombe, on the beautiful south Devon coast in the heart of the English Riviera.
Detailed ‘Getting There’ instructions are on the Kents Cavern website on Web: Kents Cavern 'Getting There' External Link
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