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Beer Quarry Caves

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Address: Quarry Lane | Beer, Devon, Beer, Seaton EX12 3AT, England
Phone Number: +44 1297 680282
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Guided tours of vast underground caverns started by the Romans, which...

Guided tours of vast underground caverns started by the Romans, which provided Beer stone used in 24 Cathedrals, Westminster Abbey, Tower of London, and many other historic buildings. See for yourself where and how the stone was quarried, the appalling working conditions and dangers faced by the work force,some as young as 8 years old. See too, the site of the secret Catholic Chapel and where smugglers hid their contraband. 2000 years of heritage brought vividly to life

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Fascinating

We visited as a family with young children we all found it fascinating. The guide who took us around was very knowledgeable and amusing. Before entry you are offered a poncho to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Karl Q
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Kearsley, England, United Kingdom
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Kearsley, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited as a family with young children we all found it fascinating. The guide who took us around was very knowledgeable and amusing. Before entry you are offered a poncho to keep warm whilst in the caves and as we were all in shorts and t-shirts we took them. I was fine in the caves but the children did... More 

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Thank Karl Q
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great walking and tour Not far from everywhere and history and pirates caves good. Not suitable if walking not your thing or disabled

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Thank Mark M
Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Visited here on a family holiday not sure what to expect but we joined our group and it was brilliant we were taken around by a local guide who was very well educated in the caves and local area .The tour took an hour we had great time

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Thank Claire B
England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Absolutely brilliant tour of a fascinating maze of caves from all different eras; we were underground for an hour & 20 minutes and it only felt like half an hour. The guide was excellent, and really made the visit as good as it was; mixing not just the larger story of the site's history, but the little details and stories... More 

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Thank NicWanders
Purley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

On the face of it, man made caves do not really sound like a great day out, but how wrong can this be! The caves were first excavated by the Romans and the guided walk moves through time as man progressively mined the prized limestone out of the hillside to build many famous structures e.g. Exeter cathedral. The guide explains... More 

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Thank martc741
Buckinghamshire nited Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

This was our first visit to Beer Caves and I will certainly take friends again . We had a brilliant guide called David who spoke very informatively and his passion certainly brought home the hardship of the quarrymen and labourers. Wear warm clothing as temperature is 7-9 C. Ponchos are offered at the cafe where they sell light refreshments. Worth... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed the tour very much. It was extremely interesting, lots to learn. My 8 year old was a bit scared but enjoyed it and listened well. Our 1year did get a bit fed up, nature of the beast. But I would definitely go again but without the kids. The place is amazing. Check the tour times... More 

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Thank Gabrielle P
Eastleigh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We were guided around the caves by Oliver who was very knowledgeable and fond of cracking jokes to keep us entertained. Toilets are port a loos in the car park, as the site has no mains drainage but they were spotlessly clean. A very good value attraction to visit.

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Thank Gintymaginty
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Went here today with my husband and 7 3/4 year old daughter. Oliver the guide was excellent and the tour was very informative and the caves themselves atmospheric to the extreme. I strongly recommend to anyone with an interest in history or geology.

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Thank raginggerbil
Budleigh Salterton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

The weather was horrendous so a lot of people had the same idea as us, a visit to Beer Quarry Caves. The tour lasted just over an hour, was very informative on the history and methods used. I can thoroughly recommend a visit here. Oh and our 8 year old loved it too!

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