Further Education

As the gateway to the UNESCO Global Geopark and home to Britain’s oldest human fossil, Kents Cavern has a largely well respected standing within the academic world. We are able to offer specialised tours within the cave for a variety of topics.

Further education visits are often bespoke, catering to the different courses and interests of colleges, universities and further education groups. Below are some of the popular further education visits that we are able to offer. If you would like to link your visit with a different topic or course, our education team are on hand to help make this happen.

Typical Itinerary
10:30 Arrive
10:45 Cave Tour
12:00 Lunch
12:30 Presentation based on chosen topic
13:15 Q&A
13:30 Prepare to leave for 13:45

These times are suggestions only, our itineraries can be changed to suit your needs.

Aspects of Tourism

Kents Cavern is an important geological and historical site, it is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM), but as well as this, we are a tourist attraction, a place for locals and holiday makers to visit and a site that provides seasonal and full-time work to people of different cultures and backgrounds.

Look at the various elements involved in running a tourist attraction, including marketing, sectors and trends and organisational structure as well as future developments.

History as Heritage

Kents Cavern is a privately run tourist attraction. Take an in-depth look at how we balance curatorial and conservational responsibility with commercial viability. Our dynamic team will help you learn about the pros and cons of the heritage industry.


Discover the UNESCO English Riviera Global Geopark and learn about the interconnected nature of our Devonian limestone with the local landscape and climate, as well as how it has influenced the life of people since the Stone Age. You’ll get an insight into the formation of the cave including phreatic, vadose and sedimentation phases.

Fieldwork studies inside the cave are available on request.


Kents Cavern is a plethora of rich archaeology dating back through all stages of the Palaeolithic through to more recent history. It is the only place in the world with evidence of occupancy from three different human species and has yielded the oldest remains of a modern human found in Britain, an upper maxilla dating back 42,000 years.

As the most accessible site for archaeology students, it is a fantastic location to learn about human antiquity and Devensian mega-fauna. Learn more on the geo-archaeology and sedimentological movements which brought thousands of artefacts into the cave.

Discover the Victorian excavators, and the work of Torquay Natural History Society from the early 1900’s and learn how their techniques laid the groundwork for modern archaeology.

See previous excavation sites and find out about current and planned excavations at Kents Cavern.

As part of this visit, we would recommend visiting Torquay Museum, home of the Kents Cavern collection (ranging from the Lower Palaeolithic to the roman occupation of Britain), to find out more on curatorial responsibilities and to see the artefacts, including KC4 the 42,000 year old modern human jawbone, for yourselves.

To book an educational visit or for more information, get in touch with us today via email [email protected] or by telephone 01803 215136.

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