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Review of Kents Cavern

Kents Cavern
Ranked #5 of 39 things to do in Torquay
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Owner description: Kents Cavern is by far Britain's most important prehistoric cave used by ancient humans for the last 500,000 years including Neanderthals and early modern humans. The caves are open every day for guide tours, 7 days a week with natural caverns, amazing natural formations, remains of mammoth, woolly rhino, sabre-toothed cats, an Ice Age woodland trail quest, nice shop and cafe with views over the Ilsham Valley. The closest hotel to the attraction is the Gleneagles, inspiration for TV's Fawlty Towers. We are 2km from Torquay Harbour and only 15 mins walk from the South West Coast Path and local beaches, well-known to previous visitors like Agatha Christie, Beatrix Potter, George V, Alfred Wallace and Charles Darwin. Perfect for a rainy or sunny day by the seas, winter or summer.
Reviewed July 14, 2013

really interesting Caves I can remember going there as a child with my grandparent so was a little unsure about returning, it was excellent, glad I went back

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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Dropped in to see the caves after seeing them on an internet tourist search. We've been to the caves at Cheddar Gorge before so expectations were high. Although they were smaller than I expected, it was certainly a very interesting tour. The guide's jokes are a bit corny but amusing nonetheless. The history of the cavern is very interesting and worth listening too. The connection between the bones found there and the various animals,and our ancestors, that would have inhabited the cavern thousands of years ago is particularly fascinating and worth following up at the Torquay Museum.

Thank tim m
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

WOW!!! We had an amazing afternoon at Kent's Cavern! Our tour guide was Chris who was fantastic - really knowledgeable, funny and excellent with the grizzly 2 year old that was in our tour group! The caves are really fantastic to look at and the history of them is excellent too, really interesting! There are some beautiful formations in the caves and some really interesting information about the animals, and prehistoric humans, which lived there such as hyenas, cave bears and mammoths!
They have a lovely little gift shop with some nik-naks and some lovely Kent's Caverns souvenirs at a reasonable price. The tour lasts just less than an hour but there are other exhibitions to see and a children's area where you can 'dig' for fossils and so on so it's easy to spend an hour and half there at least. They also have a Woodland Walk - which we didn't take part in so I don’t know what that is all about!
All in all the entry price was probably a bit expensive for the amount of time we spent actually in the caves, but when you factor in the knowledge and expertise of the guide I think it's well worth it! Also if you buy tickets online you get 10% off. However there is a £2.00 car parking fee too, which is a little bit cheeky!
I would recommend this really highly and if you get a chance to have a tour with Chris I would doubly recommend it!

Thank Sian W
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Interesting guided tour around the cavern without it being exceptional. Our guide was well informed and was able to answer any questions with confidence. The history of the place we found fascinating and the numerous exhibits add interest.
Only gripe is the pay and display charge for using the car park, what’s all that about? Especially when you can park for free in the street outside it seems a little cheeky.

1  Thank WirralTiger
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kentscavern, Manager at Kents Cavern, responded to this reviewResponded July 19, 2013

Many thanks for the feedback, useful for people who've never been before. Point taken about the £2 car parking charge, but you've suggested how to avoid it, so take note anyone planning on visiting and reading this!! Pleased you enjoyed the tour.

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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Really good fun and interesting, Tara the Guide was excellent, made the underground tour exciting and funny and really looked after the kids who were a little scared. Wouldnt fancy the Ghost Tour though as i could imagine this being really scary.

Thank gkbrownie
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