The Village of Beer: East Devon

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Beer Quarry Caves

Beer Quarry Caves are a vast man-made complex of underground caverns 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.Pauls, parts of Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, Hampton Court and Windsor Castle.

Quarried by hand, with 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.

There are hourly tours through the awe-inspiring caves with their mighty halls of vaulted roofs and pillars of Beer Stone which have been likened to a vast underground cathedral.

The caves are internationally important as a bat hibernaculum. Greater and Lesser Horseshoe bats, along with a few other types use the caverns to hibernate in the winter.

Please call us or visit our website for opening times and the latest information.

Address: Beer Quarry Caves, Quarry Lane, Beer, Seaton, Devon. EX12 3AT

Telephone: 01297 680 282

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