Kents Cavern is a cave system in Torquay, Devon, England. It is notable for its archaeological and geological features. The cave system is open to the public and has been a geological Site of Special Scientific Interest since 1952 and a Scheduled Ancient Monument since 1957. Kents Cavern is first recorded as Kents Hole Close on a 1659 deed when the land was leased to John Black. Attracting 80,000 tourists a year, Kents Cavern is an important tourist attraction and this was recognized in 2000 when it was awarded the Show cave of the Year award and later in November 2005 when it was awarded a prize for being Torquay's Visitor Attraction of the year.
Kents Cavern is one of the most important Stone Age sites in Europe. On your visit you'll go back to a time when the cave was home to ancient humans, sheltering from extreme weather, making fires, shaping tools, and hunting Ice Age animals. All tours around the cave are guided and begin in the Vestibule Chamber. The Long Arcade reveals how the caves were formed 2.5 million years ago and how stalagmite floors formed, sealing in the evidence of Ice Age occupations. Down in the Rockies, you'll see stalagmites and stalactites decorating this pretty chamber. Return through Clinnicks Gallery into the Cave of Inscriptions and the Labyrinth to see examples of the earliest tools ever found in Britain, along with bones and teeth of ancient Ice Age animals. Into the Bears Den to experience the famous Kents Cavern blackout, a favorite since the 1930s. Head down the Water Gallery and up to the Great Chamber with its exhibition dedicated to the Stone Age and Victorian excavators.
Ice Age Animals
Six life-size Ice Age statues have landed at Kents Cavern, including a huge woolly mammoth. During Lockdown, the Woodland Trail has been rejuvenated as home to six prehistoric animals: a woolly mammoth, a cave bear, a scimitar cat, a wolf, an Irish elk, and a wild horse. All six have a real connection to Kents Cavern: bones and teeth from each have been found in the depths of the caves. Alongside the animals, there are three new trail activities around the Woodland Trail. These include the Prehistoric Animal Hunt, Palaeo Trail, and Tribal Code Breakers.
Stone Age Zone
Stone Age Zone for interpretation, artifacts on display, and interactive activities that will help you understand the heritage of Kents Cavern. Learn about the archaeologists who worked at Kents Cavern and try your hand at uncovering artifacts from our excavation boxes. You can even keep any gemstones that you uncover! Can you master the skills that you would need to survive in the Stone Age? Have a go at cutting antlers with flint knives or making holes in stones with a bow drill. Leave your mark on our wall of hands. Decorate your handprint in a Stone Age style for everyone to see. Look at the collection of real and replica Stone Age artifacts on display throughout the Stone Age Zone.
Kents Cavern café
The beautiful Ilsham Valley, the Kents Cavern café, the Firestone Kitchen, offers a varied menu; traditional Devon Cream Teas, bacon rolls, pastries, soup, and sandwiches, full English and other breakfast dishes, fish and chips, ham egg and chips, burgers, fish finger sandwiches, pastries, paninis and sandwiches as well specialist coffees and teas, and refreshing cold drinks. A Gold Winner in Devon Taste of the West, fresh, local, and quality food
Gifts and Souvenier
Gift shop, stocked with plenty of unique gifts and souvenirs. Whether it is a soft toy or stationary, jewelry or collectibles, games or educational items, there’s something for all ages. Take home your very own Maverick the Mammoth and his prehistoric friend’s teddies, as a cuddly reminder of the Ice Age Animals. Head to the UK section to pick up a Union Jack branded souvenir, including mugs, magnets, and policemen teddies. They also offer a range of Kents Cavern branded souvenirs, including glasses, pin badges, stationery, and more
Kents Cavern is near some great coastal areas, with breath-taking scenery, dramatic drops, and hidden coves. Listed below are the best places in the local area we think you should visit. Geopark Coastal Walk, discover 400-million-year-old limestone layers, once part of a mountain range, becoming a vast desert land, to raised Ice Age beaches and eventually gold-infused rock (you might even find some). Finish your walk at Kents Cavern during the prehistoric period. Babbacombe Cove and Cliff, this walk will take you across some stunning views and eventually into the picturesque Babbacombe. The walk begins at Anstey's cove opposite Kents Cavern village in Torquay. You may even want to take a ride on the famously restored Babbacombe Cliff railway. The walk begins at Anstey's cove opposite Kents Cavern
The English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark covers all of Torbay, Torquay, Paignton, and Brixham. Across the English Riviera are spectacular rocks, red-stained cliffs, and soils. Four different periods; Devonian, Carboniferous, Permian, and Quaternary span 400 million years of history.
The caves inspired writers like Agatha Christie, Beatrix Potter, and more recently folk-horror writer Adam Nevill. Perfect on any day all, year. Online pre-booking is highly recommended for visiting these popular Devon caves. Highly recommended place with great facilities, friendly staff, and value for money.www.kents-cavern.co.uk