Kents Cavern Torquay | Days Out With Kids In South Devon
If you’re on the lookout for things to do in Torquay when it’s raining, one of your first stops should be Kents Cavern. With free on-site parking and no need for a brolly, visiting is simple, even on the wettest of days!
We took a trip over there last weekend as a family of 4 (mum, dad, 14-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter) in an attempt to get away from a rain-soaked Sunday. Camping in torrential rain close to Modbury, we just needed somewhere to explore which was guaranteed to be dry – and you don’t get much more undercover than a cave!
A fun, educational day out for all
We were pleasantly surprised that despite the weather, the attraction wasn’t ridiculously busy. The tours into the cave operate on a ticket system, so people tend to come and go constantly, which really helps to keep the crowds down. You don’t have to wait long either – we waited just 10 minutes from the point of payment to beginning the tour. Perfect if you have impatient little ones with you.
Inside the caves, we saw some awe-inspiring sights and learnt the history of the stone-age caves which have been home to both ancient humans and monstrous creatures since the ice age. The rocks themselves are over 400 million years old. Talk about a history lesson!
One of the most impressive sights you’ll see are the amazing formations of stalagmites and stalactites which have grown over millions of years thanks to the water which filters through the cave roof. The light show displays these formations in all their splendour and it’s really quite spectacular. If this isn’t enough to impress you, you can gaze your eyes over a real woolly mammoth tooth (which is absolutely huge!), or the various tools created and used by ancient humans to hunt for food, amongst other interesting artefacts.
A trip to Kents Cavern is certainly an educational day out for the whole family. In our group, each one of us learnt something new (yes, even us adults).
Although our kids are pre-teens/teens now, I think this tour would be great for any child over the age of 6. There was a brief moment where the lights were turned out and we were stood in total darkness which was so black, you couldn’t even see your hand in front of your face. Just something to be aware of if you have any kids who don’t like the dark. There was a good mixture of children in our group, however, and it wasn’t an issue for any of them. The guide doesn’t try to make it scary at all.
The tour lasts around an hour, but you while you’re here, you could also have a browse around the gift shop and stop by for some lunch. There’s a lovely, clean cafe serving everything from pasties and sandwiches to kids lunch boxes and delicious cream teas. They even serve beer, just in case you need a top up!
A great location
This has to be one of the best things to do in South Devon when it’s raining, but it’s also great for dry weather too. Especially if you want to take advantage of the woodland trail. We skipped this, thanks to forgetting our coats. Yes, I know, rubbish planning!
Kents Cavern is located really close to Torquay town centre, which has loads to see and do, no matter what the weather. As we passed through, we spotted lots of high street restaurants including Prezzo, Las Iguanas and a Subway, plus lots of other places to eat including pubs and fish and chip restaurants. There’s also a couple of attractions you could visit while you’re here, such as Living Coasts and Babbacombe Model Village, if you need more wet weather fun to fill your day!
Book online for reduced prices at Kents-cavern.co.uk
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