Tours For Vulnerable People

We are offering exclusive guided tours specifically for vulnerable people midweek from Tuesday 8 Dec to end of February.

The prehistoric caves at Kents Cavern are offering exclusive guided tours specifically for vulnerable people when the national lockdown ends this week.

Elliot Ling, education officer said: The Kents Cavern experience is already Covid-secure, but now we are able to offer it exclusively to those who may be feeling anxious about being in the cave with others.  The cave tour for vulnerable people will only allow one family group or bubble on a visit.”

Tours for vulnerable people will run midweek at 14:30 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 December until February. Pre-booking is essential and must be done by email [email protected] or by telephone 01803 215136 at least 48 hours in advance. Bookings will be on a first come first served basis.

A tour must have a minimum of two people and the maximum is six. Everyone in the group must be from the same household or bubble. Your tour guide will be the only person in the cave not from your bubble, and they will be socially distanced from you and wearing PPE throughout the visit.

All vulnerable groups will have a Covid-secure table reserved in the restaurant, with screens shielding them from any other groups of people. A coffee shop menu will be available with table service.

Face-coverings must be worn in the visitor centre, restaurant and in the cave. Face-shields are acceptable alternatives for those who cannot wear facemasks.

James Hull, general manager at Kents Cavern said: We are really pleased to offer dedicated time slots throughout the week to people who may feel that they cannot get out and about like before Covid. Tours for vulnerable people are scheduled at times when the site will be quiet. They are exclusively and for anyone who needs to shield from other members of the public for medical reasons. They are also available to people who are just anxious about being around other people in the current circumstances. The visits provide some sort of normality for those who need it.”

Kents Cavern is a relatively easy walk, with mostly flat concrete surfaces and only nine shallow steps. There is plenty of head room and there is no stooping.  This is an underground space and visitors need to take care when visiting as the cave walls, paths and ceilings are not straight. Sensible footwear should be worn. Due to the way the cave is naturally formed, wheelchairs are not permitted past the first chamber of the cave.  Full accessibility information is available here on the Kents Cavern website.

Tours for vulnerable people are priced at the same price as other tours, at £12 per person. Call Kents Cavern on 01803 215136 or email [email protected] to book onto one of these exclusive tours.

The English Riviera Geopark website has details of other attractions across Torbay offering visits for people who are anxious of being out and about with people after the Lockdown.  Click here to access the page.