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Kents Cavern

89/91 Ilsham Road | Cavern House, Torquay TQ1 2JF, England
+44 1803 215136
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Fascinating

We loved it. Our guide was so knowledgeable about the cavern and enthusiastic, she didn't sound... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cocorabbit69
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Surrey, United Kingdom
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Mind the ancestors.

Well worth the visit to these caverns and learn about our ancestors. Our guide was informative and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
paul0033
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London, United Kingdom
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Kents Cavern is by far Britain's most important prehistoric cave used by ancient humans for the last 500,000 years including Neanderthals and early modern humans. The caves are open every day for guide tours, 7 days a week with natural caverns, amazing natural formations, remains of mammoth, woolly rhino, sabre-toothed cats, an Ice Age woodland trail quest, nice shop and cafe with views over the Ilsham Valley. The closest hotel to the attraction is the Gleneagles, inspiration for TV's Fawlty Towers. We are 2km from Torquay Harbour and only 15 mins walk from the South West Coast Path and local beaches, well-known to previous visitors like Agatha Christie, Beatrix Potter, George V, Alfred Wallace and Charles Darwin. Perfect for a rainy or sunny day by the seas, winter or summer.
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  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
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“woodland trail” (52 reviews)
“cave system” (39 reviews)
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89/91 Ilsham Road | Cavern House, Torquay TQ1 2JF, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved it. Our guide was so knowledgeable about the cavern and enthusiastic, she didn't sound like she was just reciting a script. We were lucky that there were just the two of us on our tour so we could ask plenty of questions. The...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth the visit to these caverns and learn about our ancestors. Our guide was informative and funny - good way to learn and excite people

Thank paul0033
Reviewed 12 November 2017

Had wanted to go here for a while, and it did not disappoint. The fact that the oldest human remains have been found here in UK is fascinating. Looking at the evolution of the human skull was interesting. The caves are in very good conditionwith...More

Thank suzyloo99
Tara B, Manager at Kents Cavern, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for coming :)

Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

Visited here and enjoyed a guided tour (think this is the only way you can visit caves) where we learnt history of the caves and some interesting facts! David our guide was good. Enjoyable visit! Not sure it’s for really young kids, one child in...More

Thank Hannah F
Tara B, Manager at Kents Cavern, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2017

Thanks for coming! We're glad you learned something ;)

Reviewed 7 November 2017

last night we visited Kents Cavern to watch the spectacular Macbeth by the Butterfly Theatre Company, it was awesome!

Thank H B
Tara B, Manager at Kents Cavern, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2017

Thank you! We've been working with Butterfly for 10 years now - we're really proud of what this partnership has accomplished so it's great to hear you enjoyed it.

Reviewed 2 November 2017

The talker of the tour was good but felt this would have been better if it was a solo tour to be able to spend a bit more time on our own. Not much to the caves also.

Thank George B
Tara B, Manager at Kents Cavern, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2017

Thank you for coming. Unfortunately, the caves have the highest level of protection in the UK, so we feel that guided tours are the best way to get across their incredible history and to ensure their protection.

Reviewed 2 November 2017

Really interesting place to visit, very informative guides with touch of humour and interaction with children. Lovely woodland walk outside. Very nice cafe and gift shop. Would not recommend if you do not like being closed in.

Thank chatalotBristol
Tara B, Manager at Kents Cavern, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2017

Thank you for visiting! We hope you had a lovely birthday.

Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

It’s alway a great experience to go into Kent’s caverns. The history is taught in a light hearted way by the young guides. The exhibits at the end are looking pretty tired now and I hope a better display is on the way. The caverns...More

Thank Robert L
Tara B, Manager at Kents Cavern, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2017

Thank you! We're pleased you enjoy visiting us. As for your comments on our exhibits/cafe - watch this space! ;)

Reviewed 30 October 2017

Well presented tour of just the right length. Mahira was bright and engaging and gave just the right level of detail. The caves are well lit and you can see some amazing historical artifacts.

Thank paulF7139WU
Tara B, Manager at Kents Cavern, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2017

We're glad you enjoyed your tour with Mahera :).

Reviewed 29 October 2017

Surprising to find such extensive caves in such a large town. An interesting tour with an informative guide (Ollie) who had interesting stories to tell. Great area at the end to interact with cave scenes and great gift shop too. Good value for money. (small...More

Thank ZaksAngel
Tara B, Manager at Kents Cavern, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2017

Thank you! We think the caves and the guides are pretty great so we're thrilled you agree.

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stephanie s
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Response from Keith N | Reviewed this property |
I agree with te other comments but woan uld add that it is a cave with rocky floors. they can be uneven and wet and sloppy. The staff are helpful but only you know your own capabilities it can be a risk. I suggest you talk... More
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Rhian413
14 August 2017|
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Response from Debbie M | Reviewed this property |
No i don't think they allow dogs. sorry
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Paulinec707
2 July 2017|
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Response from lynnedann | Reviewed this property |
Yes their were preschool children . It does go pitch black at times though so as long as they don't mind the dark
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