Bring your little neanderthals for a guided tour around one of Britain's most important Stone Age Heritage site, Kents Cavern. These prehistoric caves are over 500,000 years old and are renowned as the oldest recognisable examples of human dwelling in the whole UK!
There are spectacular rock formations and collections of wonderful prehistoric finds to view, plus the caverns have been fitted with good concrete pathways all the way round (plus a few small steps) to make your underground adventure safe, simple and accessible.
Kids are well provided for here with plenty of fun and thoughtful activities related to the theme. You can hunt through the woodlands for the 7 animals which lived around Kents Cavern during the Ice Age, each of whom bears a letter: find them all and solve the anagram!
While you're in there, use the clues on the activity sheet to identify which aspect of stone age life is represented by each of the 9 Stone Age stations! Kids can also enjoy Cavog the Caveman's woodland fossil hunt! Then hit the Fun Dig to find a shark's tooth, an ammonite, a Devil's Toe Nail or a piece of coral in the sand trays to keep and take home. Bonus!
Finally they can get artistic in seriously old school style and decorate the faces on the wall in tribal face markings and have their faces painted like Ice Age hunter-gatherers (this last during summer school holidays only); draw Mammoths or Hyenas on the cave walls or just leave your hand print; and Brass Rub your way along 400 million years of history on the Kent's Cavern time line. Cool!
Monday to Sunday 10:30 - 16:00
Cavern House, Ilsham Road,
Kids (3-15): £10.00
Under 3's: Free
Yes, there is parking onsite and nearby.
All Day: £2.00
Yes, there are toilets and accessible toilets.
No, there are no baby changing facilities.
Yes, you can bring a picnic.
Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.
No, Kents Cavern is not wheelchair friendly.
All paths are concrete with 9 shallow steps half way round. There are some steep slopes but handrails are provided. Access for wheelchair users is restricted to the first chamber.
Yes, Kents Cavern have stated they are pushchair friendly.
Assistance/Guide Dogs only.