Beer Quarry Caves

Beer Quarry Caves cavern (photo: Beer Quarry Caves)

Beer Quarry Caves are an underground quarry, first worked by the Romans some 2,000 years ago.  Beer Stone has the valuable quality that, freshly quarried, it is ideal for finely detailed carving.  Thereafter, it hardens by exposure to air, taking on a soft creamy-white colour.  Over the centuries, it has thus been much prized, being used at the Tower of London, Windsor Castle, Westminster Hall and in some twenty-four UK catherals, including Exeter, Winchester and St.Pauls in London.

Hour-long visits are conducted by guides, covering the extensive complex of man-made underground caverns.  There is a small museum containing examples of carved stone, ancient manuscripts and traditional tools.  Light refreshments are available.

Guided tours daily from April to October - check opening hours and admission charges locally.  The caves are about three miles from “Baldash Cottage”, roughly midway along the minor road between Branscombe and Beer.

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