We're committed to making sure your day at Kents Cavern is as easy, fun and informative as possible. Kents Cavern is the most accessible cave in Britain and our visitors range from both young and old. Your visit to our underground world lies just behind the cave door.
We ask all our visitors to please pay attention to the safety briefing at the beginning of the tour and to observe social distancing instructions. If you think you may require assistance or have any other needs, please inform the ticket desk staff on arrival. All visitors are able to leave the caves at any time, please inform your guide if you wish to leave.
If you're still unsure about visiting, then you can read our access statement or find the relevant information below.
Kents Cavern is a relatively easy walk, with mostly flat concrete surfaces and only 9 shallow steps. There is plenty of head room and best of all no stooping! Over 6 million people have enjoyed visiting Kents Cavern since 1880, but because this is an underground space we do ask all visitors to take care when visiting the caves as the walls, paths and ceilings are not straight. Sensible footwear should be worn.
If you are showing symptoms of Covid-19 we ask you please do not visit. The wearing of facemasks is not required.
New measures in operation to provide a secure and comfortable visit include:
- Airy and spacious visitor reception area
- Reassuring and trained staff
- Restricted numbers with limited queuing
- Significantly reduced numbers on cave tours to manage visitor arrivals
- Clear social distancing signage in the visitor centre and underground
- Social distancing in the caves managed by your tour guide
- Hand sanitisation stations
More detailed information relating to Covid-19 restrictions and measures in place can be found on the Reopening page.
There are a few steep gradients of up to 1:4 – 1:5 in the caves, with nine shallow steps and some narrow sections, unfortunately wheelchairs cannot negotiate past the first chamber of the cave. A DVD of the cave tour can be viewed in the visitor centre free of charge.
Standard single-child pushchairs can be negotiated around the cave.
Registered Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Disability Support Dogs, Medical Assistance Dogs, Disability Assistance Dogs and Seizure Alert Dogs are permitted to enter the buildings, woodlands and caves. Owners are responsible for the control of their dogs at all times. Regrettably only assistance dogs are able to enter the caves.
There is a car park adjacent to the caves which costs £2 for four hours. Alternatively, you can park outside on the road all year for free.
During the first part of the tour a sound and light show is displayed, visitors susceptible to rapid flashing lights should make themselves known to the guide. For the cave environment lighting levels are kept purposely low; there are short spells of total darkness on the tour.
With help from the HeritageAbility project at Living Options Devon, we have put together a visual story to help children and adults with autism to prepare for a visit to kents Cavern. Download it here or ask for a copy at the ticket desk.
BLIND OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED VISITORS
All our guides are trained on the challenges the cave may present to blind and visually impaired visitors; to make your visit easier. Helmets are not required in the caves but are available on request. A 'touch and feel' session with our tactile box is available free of charge, please enquire at the ticket desk. Private tours can be arranged for groups over ten; to pre-book please call 01803 215 136 or email [email protected].
DEAF OR HEARING IMPAIRED VISITORS
Download a version of the tour to view on your phone or tablet (we find this works best in the cave), alternatively you can grab one from the ticket desk! You can also watch a BSL version of the tour below, or on a tablet which you can collect at the ticket desk.
There are no toilets in the caves. Facilities including WC can be located on both sides of the visitor centre.
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