History & Archaeology

Kents Cavern is a spectacular natural cave on the coast of south Devon. 

Undoubtedly Kents Cavern is one of the most special caves in the country. The incredible geology and rich archaeological heritage of the cave has been astounding scientists and visitors alike for centuries.

Records show the mysteries of the caves have been enticing explorers to venture into their depths since 1571. However, archaeological evidence and research reveals that people and animals have been visiting the caves for hundreds of thousands of years.

Kents Cavern is a gateway visitor centre for UNESCO's English Riviera Global Geopark.  The Geopark reveals a geological story that goes back 400 million years and one which has shaped the landscape and cultural heritage of the area.

Kents Cavern is a protected national site because it is by far the most important prehistoric cave dwelling in Britain.  It is known around the world for its archaeological record of prehistoric human life in ancient Europe.



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