This was a cracking place to visit and well worth the hike uphill from Torquay harbour. We arrived just in time for the last tour (4.00pm) and had a thoroughly good time. There were only 4 of us in the group (including little Dafydd) and our tour guide was both knowledgeable and entertaining. It is an easy walk through the caves and it reminded me a lot of Dan Y Ogof caves in Wales (although smaller). The guided tour lasted about 45 minutes.
It cost £9 for adults and £8 for children – a bit pricy to be honest.
The very good guidebook gives lots of information about the prehistoric finds from the caves.
There are some glass cabinets with finds to view including some knapped flint / pottery.
A gift shop and eating areas (inside and out) are also available.
Kents Cavern is one of the most important Palaeolithic caves in Northern Europe and the oldest recognisable human dwelling in Britain. Kent's Cavern is in Ilsham Rd, off Babbacombe Rd in Torquay. It was occupied during Palaeolithic times. Janet & Colin Bord's 1978 book, 'A Guide to Ancient Sites in Britain' says that finds can be seen in the Museum of Torquay Natural History Society in Babbacombe Rd but I'm not sure if that's out of date now.
It holds beautiful and spectacular geological formations and significant prehistoric finds, some over 700,000 years old.
The cavern has been visited by loads of celebs, including Beatrix Potter, Agatha Christie, King George V, and HIM Haile Selassie I. You can even hold birthday parties there and corporate cocktail receptions.....
Open all year, except Christmas Day; currently (2004) £6 for adults. Check out the web link below for more info.