Discover Britain’s most important prehistoric cave dwelling, the fascinating Kents Cavern in the heart of Torquay. Imagine the earliest residents of the English Riviera making the caves their home and get up close to relics from the prehistoric world found right on the site of Kents Cavern. The caves have stunned geologists around the world with their secrets, and the attraction forms part of UNESCO’s English Riviera Global Geopark.
Visitors receive guided tours through the many caves and passages, stopping to marvel at stalactites and stalagmites that have been millennia in the making. The rocks have been moulded into some uncanny formations over the years, and it’s fun to see if you can spot the face in the wall, the wedding cake or the chandelier. The caves are open every day of the year, and no matter when you venture into them they’ll always feel very chilly, so don’t forget to take a jumper with you.
Kent Cavern hit the news recently when a jawbone discovered in its depths was announced the oldest human fossil in north-western Europe. The bone proved that Neanderthals and early humans lived side by side, at least for a time, ending years of scientific doubt and debate. Kents Cavern is suitable for children as there are flat walkways throughout, but it can be slippery in places. The kids’ activity area makes the attraction great fun for younger visitors, and the Woodland Trail outside is great fun too.
91 Ilsham Rd, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2JF