This impressive cave system, dating back to the prehistoric era is easily one of Europe’s most visited underground labyrinths. Open every day except Christmas day and easily accessible, this site of iconic heritage comes highly recommended by TripAdvisor and has won many tourist awards.

Agatha Christie’s father Frederick Miller supported the excavation of the caves and it was the inspiration behind Hampsley Cavern in one of her novels, “The Man In The Brown Suit”.

Kent’s Cavern is the official underground visitor centre for UNESCO’s English Riviera Global Geopark and is located just 250 metres from both Meadfoot and Anstey’s Coves, two of the English Riviera most beautiful, which are also a good starting point for walks along the famous South West Coastal Path. Tours generally take about 1 hour and are led by funny and entertaining guides ending in a subterranean exhibition cavern. There are always things happening in or near the caves with a woodland trail, hands-on cave art and even regular appearances from the Cave’s mascot, Cavog the Caveman!

There is a café and gift shop selling many local wares and a restaurant for those feeling a little more peckish, or a picnic site which is perfect when the sun is out.

The caves specialise in ‘underground theatre’ and they hold regular interactive Shakespeare plays and even a surprisingly entertaining ghost tour. The caves are generally warm and dry and especially popular over the Christmas season with the Santa Quest! Priced at less than £10 per person, this is a fascinating glimpse of the Stone Age that is always popular with locals and tourists alike.


Re-Opening Monday 6th July 2020

We are delighted to confirm that we will be re-opening the hotel and our restaurant on Monday 6th July. 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal customers for their patience and understanding and for all the support you have shown us over the last four months.

Although your next stay with us will be slightly different, it will still be the same calm and peaceful, relaxing and restorative place you have come to know and love. A place where you can not only unwind, but enjoy great food and hospitality.

Be confident and reassured that we are providing an environment which conforms to government guidelines and industry best practices and will be as safe and secure as we can possibly make it. The health and well-being of everyone who visit us, as well as or staff remains our overriding priority

Initially, in order to ensure we can maintain the required social distance, we will only be open to guests booked to stay here in the hotel. It has seemed a long time since we closed our doors back in late March and so it will be a great joy to see our customers returning.

Booking with us

If you have a booking that was cancelled and would like to re-book, please email us at and quote your original booking reference number with your chosen dates. 

If you would like to make a new booking we have 10% off all our rates when you stay 2 nights or more in July to get this discount book online here at and enter the code 2NIGHT10 in the promotion code field.

This offer will apply to any room type when you book online

See you soon!
All of us at The Balmoral – Torquay