Kents Cavern Prehistoric Caves

The Wedding Cake at Kents Cavern
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Kents Cavern is one of the most important Stone Age cave sites in Europe, making it Britain’s premier prehistoric cave. For thousands of years the cave was home to ancient humans, sheltering from extreme weather, making fires, shaping stone tools and hunting wild Ice Age predators. You will be taken back to these ancient times as you walk through the extensive labyrinth of caverns surrounded by spectacular stalactite and stalagmite formations.

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Prehistoric site, Archaeological site

Opening hours

> open for breakfast from 9.30am.

> Cave tours 7 days a week.

> Regular daily tours from 10am-4.30pm in July and August.

> Daily tours from 10.30am-4pm from April-October

>tours at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm, & 3.30pm from November-March.

> Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day

Admission charges

Daytime Guided Tours:
Adults: £8.95
Children: £7.95 (3 - 15yrs)
Seniors/students: £7.95 (with valid identification)
Family: £31.00 (2 Adults + 2 Children)
Children under 3: free

Special discounts are available for groups of 15 or more. We provide special rates for coach parties and free coach parking.


  • English Heritage

Additional info

FREE translation information sheets are available in French, Italian, Spanish and German when buying tickets.

Kents Cavern is a family friendly attraction. Children under the age of three are admitted FREE of charge. Pushchairs can be taken into the caves but on busy days the number of pushchairs admitted into the caves will be limited for safety reasons. These can be left at the cave entrance.

We regret that only assistant dogs are permitted in the caves.

The caves are accessible for hand-pushed chairs, no more than 70cm wide. The person pushing the chair must be physically strong. Disabled facilities are available onsite. Special arrangements have to be made so please make the ticket staff aware when you arrive. Unfortunately access is not possible for our evening tours.

Kents Cavern holds beautiful and spectacular geological formations and significant prehistoric finds, some over 700,000 years old. Experienced and knowledgeable tour guides lead all tours. You should allow about 2 hours for the complete visitor experience at Kents Cavern. The guided tour of the caves, excluding all the visitor interpretation, lasts about 45 minutes.

Collection details


Key artists and exhibits

  • Palaeolithic caves
  • Geological formations and significant prehistoric finds

Kents Cavern Prehistoric Caves
Kents Cavern
Cavern House
Ilsham Road




Information and bookings

01803 215136


01803 211034

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