We have two intriguing and highly contrasting cave systems to visit in Devon:
Beer Quarry Caves – These caves are considered to be one of the most important industrial sites in the United Kingdom, and they are entirely manmade. They were first used by the Romans 2000 years ago, and continued to be used until 1920. The limestone from the quarries has been used in the building of several very notable buildings, including Exeter Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and St. Pauls Cathedral, as well as countless other buildings from the Roman period up to the 1920s. They are now a fabulous visitor attraction where one can really get in touch with industrial history over the last 2000 years.
Kents Cavern – The second cave system is quite different, being that it is anything but manmade. In fact, Kents Cavern was created by water over 2.5 million years ago! Also, it is unique in the United Kingdom, in that it has been occupied by three completely different species of humans, homo erectus, Neanderthals and early modern humans, over 500,000 years. The caves are considered to be one of the rarest and most important prehistoric sites in Europe, and certainly make for an intriguing and memorable visit.