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Beer Quarry Caves, Seaton

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Beer Quarry Caves is a man-made limestone underground complex located about a mile west of the village of Beer, Devon, and the main source in England for beer stone. The tunnels resulted from 2,000 years of quarrying beer stone, which was particularly favoured for cathedral and church features such as door and window surrounds because of its colour and workability for carving. Stone from the quarry was used in the construction of several of southern England's ancient cathedrals and a number of other important buildings as well as for many town and village churches, and for some buildings in the United States. Extraction was particularly intense during the Middle Ages, but continued until the 1920s. An adit to another set of workings can be seen from the South West Coast Path east of Branscombe, having been exposed by a landslip in the late 18th century. The quarry is part of the Jurassic Coast, and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

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  • Great guides and very atmospheric place for plays which we’ve been to see several. Also for the kids to learn. Wrapup warm.  more »
  • I would never have imagined exploring a quarry cave would be so interesting. Our excellent tour guide shared her enthusiasm with the group even though she must have been repeating this same...  more »
  • We went to the Quarry caves in half term, fascinating tour that went well over the hour. It was an interesting mix of human geography, geology and history, well worth a trip.  more »
  • Brilliant visit! Very good tour guide. It is an amazing place with a long and intriguing history. Highly recommend a visit - but wrap up warm - it's cold...
  • Very interesting tour of the caves, telling us a little of their 2,000 year history. Note: it is very cold in the caves, so if you do not have really warn clothes with you I recommend using one of the ponchos provided. My 12 year old grandson said he found it interesting too.
  • Absolutely loved this tour, really interesting and the guide is very knowledgeable. Make sure you take comfortable shoes - you can make use of a box full of snazzy ponchos if you're not wearing warm clothes...very much needed down in the caves. Also after the tour café serves tea and delicious cakes. Highly recommend the local honey marmalade that is sold in the shop. The staff are v friendly too!
  • Free to use chemical toilets in free car park, small cafe with scones/crisps/ice cream/drinks. Tour of caves £9/adult. Caves are cold (about 8 degrees so come prepared) Great tours and interesting history/anecdotes.
  • Absolutely fascinating place to visit. A 1hr tour underground for £9. Tour guide (Viv) was very knowledgeable and full of interesting facts and anecdotes about the quarry. Stone has been quarried since Roman times and has been used it cathedrals and churches across the UK. Car park, teas+coffees, and toilets.

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