Guided Tours of 2,000 year old man-made caverns

Tel:01297 680 282

EX12 3 AS

Opening Times

The caves are closed for the winter and will re-open on Sat 9th April 2022.

N.B. In exceptional circumstances Tour times may vary. (This now HIDDEN for Desktop, Tablet and Mobile)

Tours are every hour on the half hour e.g. 10.30am, 11.30am - Last tour 3.30pm.
October Tours are at 10:30, 12:30 and 2.30pm.
From Sat 23rd to Fri 29th Oct additional tours will be put on at 11:30, 1:30 and 3:30.

2021 Prices

Adults £10.00
Child 5 to 16 years and over 65 years £8.00. 
Family 2 adults + 2 Children £30.00.
Under 5’s FREE.

John Scott F.R.S.A.

At 1.50pm Monday 13th July the caves founder John died peacefully at home in Fore Street. He was so proud of being a genuine Beer Boy, born in the house called ‘Golspie’ in the Higher Meadows. As a boatbuilder for Harold Mears he had a hand in building most of the working boats currently on Beer beach. He saved the Quarry Caves from being dynamited and lost for ever, and spent half his life running the Caves on a shoestring for the benefit of the thousands of people who have visited them since the 1980s.  RIP John – see his video of the caves at the bottom of this page.

The Tours

BOOKING IS PREFERRED – Please Pre-book tours by ringing 01297 680 282.
Our guides will take you on an hour long tour through the vast man-made complex of underground caverns with their mighty halls of vaulted roofs and pillars of Beer Stone which have been likened to a vast underground cathedral.
See for yourself the methods used to quarry and deliver the huge blocks of stone, the working conditions, the hardships endured and the dangers faced daily by the work-force using only the light from a flickering tallow candle and you may never again see a famous building with the same eyes.
The caves are cool so please bring warm clothing and it’s best to arrive at least 10 mins before the tours start.

Many of us marvel at the intricacy of stonemasons' work on numerous stately buildings, cathedrals and churches. But do we ever stop to consider where the stone came from and the history of the excavation behind it?
This vast man-made complex of underground caverns was created by centuries of quarrying the famous Beer Stone. The underground quarry, first worked by the Romans, supplied stone for 24 cathedrals including Exeter and St.Paul's, parts of Westminster Abbey,the Tower of London, Hampton Court and Windsor Castle.
Quarried by hand, a small block weighing 4 tons, the stone was carted on horse-drawn wagons and by barges from Beer beach to its destination, sometimes involving journeys of several hundreds of miles.
The quarry closed around 1920 as a new quarry opposite was opened. This closed in 2003, so there is no quarrying activity now.

Useful Quarry Facts

Onsite Car Parking is Free
The caves are cool please wear something warm
Please do NOT bring your own torch - the caves are well lit
Regrettably it is not suitable for wheelchairs
Well behaved dogs on leads are permitted underground.
Light refreshments and souvenirs available.


Next Event

What may be happening in 2021. 

There are many events in the planning stage for 2021, one exiting new development could be the introduction of Evening Tours with a Bar-B-Que on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Details to follow.


Saxon Area
Saxon Area
Beer Stonecraft
Beer Stonecraft
This is an inspirational and moving place, inspiring awe at the extraordinary skill and industry of man throughout 2,000 years and moving because of its testament to the injustices of a system that enabled such labour to be valued so lightly – a must see destination and many congratulations on the best guided tour I have ever had.
Tim Smit – Director , Eden Project, Bodelva, Cornwall. 

Really fascinating and entertaining.
A great insight into local and national history.

Hitchin, Herts – 28/10/2019.

Excellent Tour. A fascinating look into time gone by.
Well worth a visit.

Sidmouth – 28/09/2019.

Very haunting captivating stories that brought the past alive. Thank You.
(The ponchos were very much appreciated).

Glasgow – 02/08/2019.
Fantastic experience thanks to our guides passion and competence.
Highly recommended.

Borth, Wales – 10/07/2019.
Fantastic tour with wonderful local history.
Pitched to both adults and children.

Hampshire – 21/06/2019.
Time Capsule with incredible stories and History.
Great tribute to the past!

Essex – 08/05/2019.
Amazing tour.
History preserved underground.

Seaton – 18/04/2019.
A fantastic slice into history
Very interesting and also very moving.

London – 24/10/2018. 
Three visits and just as fascinating as the first visit.
Learn something new every time so worth more visits. Thanks.

Sidmouth – 29/09/2018. 
Wow! Nothing like this at home. The guide was brilliant and made it so real.
Thank You.

Aukland New Zealand – 15/08/2018. 

One of the most important industrial sites in the British Isles. 
Beer Quarry Caves are owned by Clinton Devon Estates and leased to the Beer Quarry Caves Ltd.