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Beer Quarry Caves

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Address: Quarry Lane | Beer, Devon, Beer, Seaton EX12 3AT, England
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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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FACINATING HISTORY

A slightly extended (1hr40) tour through the caves was very enjoyable. Not a natural cave system, but a vast series of 'mined' caverns over centuries quarrying beer chalk stone... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Exmouth, United Kingdom
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Exmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A slightly extended (1hr40) tour through the caves was very enjoyable. Not a natural cave system, but a vast series of 'mined' caverns over centuries quarrying beer chalk stone for many famous public buildings and Cathedrals. A very interesting guide.

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Thank Anthony C
Bromley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been here a couple of times and have enjoyed it on each occasion. You have to go on a guided tour because otherwise it would be so easy to get lost in the maze of caves. The guides give an excellent insight into the history of the caves and the lives of the workers who shaped them over many... More 

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Thank Julie W
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great trip to the Beer Quarry Caves, with my 2 year old son. Luckily my son went to sleep as he would've wanted to be out of his pram and off, which would've disturbed everyone I think, so we'll wait till he's a bit older to go again. The information given was easy to follow and interactive with... More 

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Kearsley, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 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 20 November 2016 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 30 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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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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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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