Beer Quarry Caves
Beer Quarry Caves
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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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  • Margaret Woodhouse
    10 contributions
    Beer Quarry Caves are awesome
    This place is unbelievably good. I could not have envisaged how enormous the complex is and how old. It was started in 78AD by the Romans, then we traveled through time to the 1970s when the quarry was closed. 47acres of cathedral like caves.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 April 2023
  • Cameron D
    London, United Kingdom1 contribution
    Visit to the Beer quarry caves!
    Excellent experience and very educational! Our guide Jill was comedic and made the tour enjoyable. Definitely recommend this as an activity to do when you are visiting and something the whole family will like. The staff were very friendly and accommodating and took the proper precautions when it comes to the well-being of dogs that are there and the health and safety of the visitors. Overall excellent and would definitely visit again!
    Visited April 2023
    Written 5 April 2023
  • Graham M
    1 contribution
    An enjoyable visit
    We visited the quarry cave in April 2023 and were amazed at the extent of the caves. Our guide Jill was very knowledgable, engaging and informative as she guided us through 2000 years of history. Would advise wrapping up warm and wearing a waterproof.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 April 2023
  • Joy2214
    Honiton, United Kingdom10 contributions
    Absolutely wonderful.
    We visited today with our children who are 6 & 7. We had a wonderful time. It was so interesting, amazing to jump back in time. Our tour guide was Jill, who was lovely, and so attentive. She was great at including our children. And listened to their questions, no matter how ridiculous. Would definitely recommend!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 April 2023
  • Adam B
    2 contributions
    Great experience, highly recommend.
    Very enjoyable and informative. Mike was our guide and was thoroughly entertaining and knowledgable. The caves were much bigger than expected and listening to the history of how the techniques changed and how the history of the caves could be demonstrated and dated by that was fascinating.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 April 2023
  • grantholt1902
    12 contributions
    Great tour
    Enjoyable and entertaining tour with Mike. Ask about the ghosts, just not in front of children. Nice way to spend an hour or two in Devon. Lucky enough to see some bats. Me and two 13 year olds very much enjoyed hearing about the history of the quarry. Quite a few young kids and dogs on the tour, perhaps better for sligtly older kids but still enjoyable I think. Finally... Not sure why this is getting some negative reviews? What were people expecting? Not everything can be Harry Potter World and I'm happy it isn't. Great to support a local tourist attraction.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 April 2023
  • Robert D
    London, United Kingdom239 contributions
    A travel through time
    Today we joined a large group of other holiday makers and descended into a 2,000 year old quarry to shelter from the rain and strong winds. Lead by the brilliant Jill, we explored and learnt a lot about the process and history of the quarry. I went with three teenagers and was expecting them to want to finish early but they were fully engaged and happy to be below ground. The Horseshoe bats were many and we were able to get safely close to them. Jill told us many wonderful stories amongst the history of the quarry and got everyone including the young ones to share their thoughts and ideas. Dogs are welcome as was the electric lighting and accessible pathways. Thank you Jill for making our experience a highlight of our holiday week.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 April 2023
  • frostydane
    London, United Kingdom28 contributions
    Cave visit with a difference
    Wow we all loved this visit! So educational and fascinating! Will never look at a cathedral again without thinking of the back breaking work and terrible condition s these blocks of stone were mined. Special thanks to Jed for being an amazing guide so passionate, knowledgeable and so funny! Thanks 😊
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 April 2023
  • hilarymackintosh
    Wallingford, United Kingdom9 contributions
    Fascinating Historical Insight
    This was an extremely entertaining, informative and thorough tour, lasting an hour. The guide, Jill, engaged really well with the children in the group. The description of the working conditions was horrifying, and as someone who enjoys visiting and worshipping in cathedrals on occasion, I will never look at them the same way again.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 April 2023
  • Ana S
    5 contributions
    A Hidden Gem
    We visited the caves not really knowing what to expect - the site looks very unassuming from the outside. It turned out to be really fantastic! Everyone in the group had a great time. Our tour guide, Jed, was really knowledgeable and engaging - he was wonderful with our 5 year old daughter and kept her (and us) well entertained. He was also very considerate, changing some of his demonstrations to cater for our daughter and our dog (there is a loud noise demonstration at one point which dogs can be scared by) - not to mention his skillful ukelele playing! The history of the caves was really interesting, and we were lucky enough to see some bats. Overall it was a really fun experience and I'd highly recommend a visit!
    Visited April 2023
    Written 13 April 2023
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RDrury67
Cambridge, UK5 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Visited here on a family holiday to Dorset in October 2023. Very interesting place, lots of history, we were even able to take a pushchair around, although the ground is slightly uneven in places and a bit slippy but nothing overly dangerous. Our guide Jill was excellent and told some fascinating stories. Well worth a visit.
Written 8 November 2023
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Dave S
Winchester, UK24 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
Mike gave a great tour but, as usual with tours, some of the "facts" were questionable. Are all/most cathedrals built near rivers? Did master stone masons have to do their carving in the caves to preserve the workability of the stone? Hmmm!
Written 1 November 2023
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therealswingshady
London, UK5 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
An excellent tour - fascinating man-made caves with a very long history! Tour leader Mike did an excellent, and entertaining, job of putting the different eras of the mining into historical and geographical context. Interesting to learn about the source of the stone for many famous cathedrals. Great acoustics for singing too - as tested by the 2 choirs I visited with!
Written 31 October 2023
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Hannah S
Hay-on-Wye, UK51 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Mike was an informative guide, who showed encyclopaedic knowledge of the cave system and its history. We enjoyed his ourselves despite the cold and the dark - dress up warm. Turns out too that the caves offer a great venue for singing, should the urge arise. The acoustics are amazing and it’s too dark to spot them if anyone forgets their words.
Written 30 October 2023
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Paul G
Clyro, UK17 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
A large group of us, including the Hay Shantymen from Hay-On-Wte and the Bellow Fellows from London visited the caves yesterday morning, having informed them that we would like to sing in the caves during the tour if possible. We were met by Mike our guide at the agreed time and entered the caves. Mike was a brilliant guide, knowledgeable, interesting, amusing and extremely accommodating re: our singing. The caves are an enormous complex from which high quality stone had been quarried from About AD50 to 1920. Mike took us on an historical 1.5 hour tour through the complex explaining and illustrating the changes in technology and methods with reference to the physical structure of the caves. In addition, the acoustic for singing was amazing and we all agreed it was a fabulous experience.
Written 30 October 2023
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dizzysop
Erwood, UK4 contributions
Oct 2023 • Business
I brought around 40 people on a tour, two male singing groups. It was great to experience the caves and learn about the history and to sing in there was an added bonus. Humbling and moving in equal measure.
Thank you to Mike for the tour, fascinating. It's the second choir tour I've done and that was with the amazing John Scott who is sadly not with us any more. This is a GREAT experience, thank you to all the staff.
Written 30 October 2023
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Heidi W
6 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
We had a very interesting and knowledgeable tour guide in Martin. We would thoroughly recommend to couples and families alike. The history of the Caves was fascinating.
Written 29 October 2023
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AEJC35
London, UK11 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Mike took the tour and it was insightful interesting and enjoyable. Would recommend. He really brought the mining of Beer stone to life through the years. Wonderful.
Written 25 October 2023
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Freya W
11 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Really interesting tour with a witty tour guide. Mixture of couples and families in the tour. Great activity for when the weather isn't good too!
Written 25 October 2023
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Penelope H
1 contribution
Oct 2023 • Couples
A wonderful way to pass a couple of hours, made better by our informative and friendly guide Jill. We would recommend a tour to anybody. A shame it was the wrong time of year for the bats. (I said hello to Sutton for you Jill!)

Written 24 October 2023
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