BEER QUARRY CAVES
Guided Tours of 2,000 year old man-made caverns
Tel:01297 680 282
EX12 3 AS
Beer Quarry Caves were closed on 5th November 2020 by order from the Government on 31st October 2020 with regards to the latest Covid-19 restrictions.
As long as the Government's plans don't change we will be open again from Monday May 17th 2021.
For information on tours after restrictions are lifted please call us 01297 680 282.
We wish you all well through these difficult times.
Manager and Curator S. Rodgers.
N.B. In exceptional circumstances Tour times may vary. (This now HIDDEN for Desktop, Tablet and Mobile)
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.
BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL – Please Pre-book tours by ringing 01297 680 282. (Hopefully opening from Monday May 17th).
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.
Useful Quarry Facts
What may be happening in 2021. (Hopefully opening from Monday May 17th)
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.
Reviews from the Visitors Book
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.
(The ponchos were very much appreciated).
Glasgow – 02/08/2019.
Borth, Wales – 10/07/2019.
Pitched to both adults and children.
Hampshire – 21/06/2019.
Great tribute to the past!
Essex – 08/05/2019.
History preserved underground.
Seaton – 18/04/2019.
Very interesting and also very moving.
London – 24/10/2018.
Learn something new every time so worth more visits. Thanks.
Sidmouth – 29/09/2018.
Aukland New Zealand – 15/08/2018.