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“Fascinating and Freezing”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Beer Quarry Caves

Beer Quarry Caves
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Beer
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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
Hadleigh, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Fascinating and Freezing”
Reviewed 26 July 2014 via mobile

Caves - an amazing history of a quarry, the journey through time is really interesting as are the working conditions and interest stories. We were a little concerned that the tour would be too long for our children (9 & 7) but they were enthralled start to finish.

Cold - the temperature in the caves is about 8 degrees Celsius which is freezing in the middle of summer, do take all the clothes you can, you will be grateful.

Facilities - we had a great bacon buttie but if you need the loo try to hold it, toilets are the only down side.

Go visit, you won't regret it!

Visited July 2014
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
“outstanding tour”
Reviewed 26 July 2014

as it says above, this has to be one of the best guided tours i have ever been on. The guide was both expert and enthusiastic whilst the caves themselves bear awesome mute testimony to countless hours of back breaking toil- a salutary reminder that we don't know we are born.

Visited July 2014
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Poole, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Pleasantly amazed”
Reviewed 20 July 2014

I thought it would be a quick tour around some dark, damp smelly caves! How wrong I was.
These vast caves tell some interesting stories.

Visited August 2013
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Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Excellent history of slave working.”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

An astounding look back in history with an excellent guide. Free ponchos because it gets very cold, not suitable for young children but a very good way to spend a couple of hours. You will never moan about your job again! The conditions that the poor people had to endure was horrendous just so they could build cathedrals for the elite. You only see about 2% of it and yet the amount of stone in that area that had to be moved is beyond belief and all by hand and horse.

Visited July 2014
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Dorset, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“not to be missed”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

History comes a live, travel through thousands of years in this hour tour. Gain an insight into to tough life of working in the quart. It also makes you look at buildings such as Westminster and Exeter cathedral in a very different light. One tip sensible shoes and warm clothes. Am at a loss as to how anyone can not be impressed. Each and everyone of the group on the tour amazed.

Visited July 2014
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