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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.

 
 

Temporary Closure until 30th April – COVID 19 

In line with government advice about avoiding non-essential travel, and the increased risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus, it is with great sadness that we must announce that Balmoral will temporarily close.

The closure will initially be until Thursday 30th April 2020 inclusive. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and take advice from the appropriate authorities, and we will only reopen when it is clear that it is safe to do so. If this means that we have to extend the closure beyond 30th April, we will ensure we update you.

What this means is that we will now have to defer all bookings for anyone who was planning to visit us during this closure period.

Rebook for a future date: We very much look forward to the day when all of this is over and we can welcome you back to the Balmoral – With this in mind, we are looking upon this as a postponement, not a cancellation. We very much hope you will want to postpone your holiday and rearrange it for a later date. You can therefore move your booking to any available date this year, we will retain your deposit to be used against this amended booking. If you elect to move your booking to a date with a different seasonal rate, we will need to charge you the new rate, which may be higher or lower, depending on which season you choose.

If you have booked with a voucher then we can move your booking to another off-peak period – which will now be the Autumn. (October onwards) 

 We appreciate that this will be disappointing news for all those who enjoy staying with us,  We would like to thank you for your patience, understanding and support in these exceptional circumstances .

If you have a another date you would like to transfer your booking to please email us at contact@thehotelbalmoral.co.uk 

 We will only be taking a limited number of calls during this time. 

Please stay safe everyone and we are looking forward very much to the day, when we can throw open our doors to you all and welcome you back into the warmth and comfort of Balmoral  And when we do, we can assure you that it will be a time to remember