Kents Cavern

Torquay, Devon, England


Kents Cavern Prehistoric Caves

Kents Cavern in Torquay, Devon is an award winning prehistoric cave system with an extensive labyrinth of spectacular and easily accessible caverns. The cave has a remarkable record of ancient human occupation stretching back over 500,000 years. Its’ most important artefact is a human jawbone dated at 41,000 years old; Britain’s oldest human bone.

The geology of the cave is of international significance, recognised by UNESCO, giving it official status as the underground visitor centre for the English Riviera Global Geopark. The caverns have inspired many famous writers including Beatrix Potter and Agatha Christie.

Tours around the cave are led by entertaining guides who bring the incredible story of the cave’s Ice Age history back to life. The attraction has many awards for quality and visitor reviews give the attraction a high ranking on Trip Advisor.

The cavern is very close to two of the English Riviera’s most beautiful coves, Meadfoot and Anstey’s. Anstey's Cove is about 250 mtrs away and on the famous South West Coast Path.

Open all year; there is a gift shop and restaurant, serving Devon Cream Teas, and attractive gardens. Lots of events happen throughout the year including Shakespeare Underground, Ghost Shows and Santa in the Caves; check our website for more details.



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Telephone: 01803 215136

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Kents Cavern
Cavern House
Ilsham Valley

Opening Times

Open daily (see website for details)

New online booking is available on the website.


Kids in the Long Arcade
Kids in the Long Arcade

Kents Cavern Gardens
Kents Cavern Gardens

Kents Cavern - The Face
Kents Cavern - The Face

Kents Cavern - The Wedding Cake
Kents Cavern - The Wedding Cake

Kents Cavern - Prehistoric Shell Fire
Kents Cavern - Prehistoric Shell Fire

Main Features

Kents Cavern is the most important Palaeolithic cave system in Britain.


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