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Kents Cavern - Torquay, Devon, England

Kents Cavern - Torquay, Devon, England

Kents Cavern is one of the most important Stone Age sites in Europe and one of Britain\’s best showcaves. 

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.

Opening Times

Open daily (see website for details)

New online booking is available on the website.

Contact details


Telephone: 01803 215136


Kents Cavern
Cavern House
Ilsham Valley


  • Play Area

  • Guide Dogs Only

  • Open All Year

  • Nature Trail

  • Car Parking

  • Toilets

  • Suitable For Disabled

  • Shop

  • Restaurant

  • Licensed

  • Guided Tours

  • Education Centre