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Kents Cavern is the oldest known human settlement in Britain and one of Europe’s top Neanderthal Ice Age caves. In November 2011, the Kents Cavern jawbone, a 41,000 year old piece of human jaw, hit the international media headlines, when scientists confirmed it is the oldest fragment of modern human bone ever discovered in Northwestern Europe, making Kents Cavern the oldest known human settlement in this part of Europe.

Tours of the caves take you on an incredible journey into the cave’s Stone Age past. All year round, plenty goes on in and around the caves including a woodland trail quest, kids archaeological dig area, hands-on cave art walls and regular appearances by the attractions mascot Cavog the Caveman.

The cave is an extensive labyrinth of spectacular, and easily to visit caverns.  Open every day, all year round. The attraction is the official underground visitor centre for UNESCO’s English Riviera Global Geopark and features on the Agatha Christie Riviera Trail. 

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.

There is a gift shop and restaurant, serving Devon Cream Teas, and attractive gardens.

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Dog Friendly Regrettably only assistance dogs are permitted in the cave and on site.

Opening Times:

Open every day

SUMMER: April to October 9:30 to 16:00

WINTER: November to March tours at  11:00, 12:30, 14:00 and 15:30

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  • Family Friendly
  • All Weather
  • Open All Year
  • Licensed Bar
  • Shopping
  • Group Bookings
  • Educational Visits

Kents Cavern
Cavern House
Illsham Road
Torquay TQ1 2JF

01803 215 136

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Bus routes
Stagecoach South West

Bus number Hop 22 and 32

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