Beer Quarry Caves

Beer Quarry Caves: Hours, Address, Beer Quarry Caves Reviews: 4.5/5

Beer Quarry Caves
4.5
Caverns & Caves
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Guided tours of vast underground caverns started by the Romans, which provided Beer stone used in 24 Cathedrals, Westminster Abbey, Tower of London, and many other historic buildings. See for yourself where and how the stone was quarried, the appalling working conditions and dangers faced by the work force,some as young as 8 years old. See too, the site of the secret Catholic Chapel and where smugglers hid their contraband. 2000 years of heritage brought vividly to life
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sue d
Romford, UK24 contributions
Aug 2020
Beer quarry Caves is one of those places you think could be a little bit boring and a time filler - but how wrong was I . In a very out of the way location which is unspoilt by making it ‘touristry’ . Just a pathway up a hill to a very simple ticket/shop and a beautiful resident spaniel to greet you . With a guide following strict social distancing and rules takes you into the chilly atmospheric caves. The tour is an hour long going deeper into the caves. Won’t spoil your trip by giving too much info of tour , but it was informative , interesting and thought provoking . The tour goes at a great pace ( we were in roughly group of 10/12 people and a few children) for you to absorb information given by a very imformative guide. You are given time to look and ask questions and take pictures. Appropriately lit and you are asked all along the way if you are happy and comfortable to continue with the tour as It gets deeper into the caves., giving you the opportunity to leave tour if you are claustrophobic .I think personally it’s suitable just for older children as it’s dark, shadowy and cold. By the end of the tour I was shivering ( and this was the hottest day of the year !) So wrap up warmly with sturdy waterproof shoes as it can be a bit slippery with occasional puddles. All this for £10 an adult tickets.definitely money well spent! We had a great time.
Written August 29, 2020
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Emma W
Rugby, UK2 contributions
Jul 2020
More a quarry than caves, but interesting nonetheless. There were 13 in our group, which I found tricky to 'social distance' around, so perhaps 10 could be a maximum group, at least until we don't need to social distance? Also, there was a lot of information given as we walked, which made it tough to hear, especially with so many walking whilst 'distanced'. Perhaps include more stops? That said, the guide Richard was very informative and obviously connected with the caves and what exciting plans they have for the coming months..... Yes, it's cold in there and can be wet underfoot if you wear open-toe shoes, but I found the 1hr duration just about bearable. Wear short sleeves or take a scarf! We thought it was slightly overpriced £28 for 2 adults and a child, but still worth doing.
Written July 23, 2020
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Paul B
1 contribution
May 2022 • Couples
Booked in for 1030 tour last minute, warmly welcomed- recommended to take a top as 7C. Our guide Shirley was brilliant- a great communicator, clear, engaging, knowledgable, bringing the caves alive, with stories and appropriate humour, managing to keep the talk fresh and enthusiastic, 1hr 30mins flew by. Thank you.
Written May 15, 2022
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Itcanbedone
Seaton, UK1,759 contributions
Sep 2021
We've lived in Seaton for 2 years and this is the first time we have visited.

The tour was excellent value, it was informative, the history amazing and it was funny along the way.

Add a cuppa with cake in the rustic cafe and the tour experience is about 2hrs.....£10 unless you're of a certain age in which case it's £8.
Written September 10, 2021
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Louise Selway
1 contribution
Aug 2020 • Friends
We visited here last year and loved it! But sadly this year was awful...no social distancing protocol was put into place and over 50 of us were taken down at once, we looked into this before booking and were assured that only groups of 12 were allowed and I have asked other caves since and they are only allowing groups of 10 - 12 at any point. This seemed more about cramming as many of us in at once to get more money than catering for visitors in a pandemic!! Sadly we will not be returning here and warn anyone who is taking Covid seriously to avoid!!!!
Written August 7, 2020
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NickShirley
Beer, UK12 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
We went here as a last minute option on a wet and windy Wednesday to try and keep the kids entertained. Whilst the caves are quite interesting, they are very poorly lit by a
Meagre number of festoon bulbs, meaning you can’t see any detail beyond where the tour guide takes you with his ever ready style torch.

Having been to Wookie Hole recently, these are certainly a poor relative.

The tour guide was also borderline rude; there were a number of young children on the tour and he was clearly extremely put out that any would dare make any noise. If you don’t want kids on the tour, don’t let them come on the tour.

He carried on with the vast majority of the group lagging behind, unable to hear him and delivered the tour to a select group of about ten people. I came out knowing about 10% more than I did when I went in. A waste of £20.
Written August 21, 2020
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Diane C
Slough, UK4 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
Very interesting historical site. It makes a change to go to a “tourist attraction” that’s not gimmicky but left to speak for itself. Our guide, Shirley, was awesome! She was very informative and really brought the caves to life using her immense knowledge and humour.
Thoroughly recommend!
Written May 15, 2022
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Leah R
4 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
We went to the caves today as a last minute excursion, we enjoyed it thoughrouly. Our tour guide Richard was very informative and made us laugh quite a lot. We also had a drink and snacks from the small cafe they have there and sat outside, all very fairly priced and pretty good hot chocolate too with good service from girl in shop. Would highly recommend.
Written September 2, 2020
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Peter C
Greater London, UK1 contribution
Sep 2021
An underground experience like no other! My first time inside a man-made cave. Very interesting seeing the different structures and quarrying techniques used by the Romans and then deeper into the caves the Saxons and ultimately what was used 100 years ago before the quarry closed. Also got to see how the caves were used by the locals and the Royal Navy during the war for growing food and storing munitions. The remains of a secret underground church are inside the caves and our guide Mike has a huge amount of knowledge about how the quarry men and masons worked and the tools and conditions that they worked with and he also had stories of when the caves were used for hiding smuggled goods landed on local beaches. Temperature inside is about 7'C so bring a jacket or jumper.
Written September 23, 2021
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GillyandDoom
London, UK48 contributions
Sep 2020
My friend and I enjoyed an interesting, informative and at times humorous tour of Beer Quarry caves.

Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and his passion and enthusiasm shone through. I found learning about the hardships and lifestyles of the men who worked in the caves totally fascinating and there was much for the geologist too. I’ve visited beautiful Beer many times, but learned much I didn’t know.

Tasty refreshments too.....particularly recommend the very reasonably priced cream tea.

Many thanks Beer Quarry Caves
Written September 7, 2020
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