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It beggars belief but an amazing 24 cathedrals were created using individuals stones that were quarried by hand from Beer Quarry. That is an awful lot of hard work underground for thousands of quarrymen over the years. No surprise, then, that the Beer Quarry Caves have an amazing history attached to them dating back to the Roman period and the conducted underground tours that take place today make for a fascinating day trip. The hour-long trip takes you through a labyrinth of caves with vast halls of vaulted roofs and pillars – making them seem much like the cathedrals they helped to build including St Paul’s, Westminster Abbey, Exeter Cathedral, Hampton Court and Windsor Castle. The entrance leads into the Roman section (you can see still the marks of their tools in the walls) which is now the base for a small museum containing Beer stone carved hundreds of years ago by craftsmen plus tools, ancient documents and photos. Look out for the Medieval Beer stone window which forms the centrepiece of the museum.
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|Opening Times:||Easter to Sep, Daily 10:00-17:00, Oct Daily 11:00-16:00. Tours at other times by prior arrangement.|
|Admission:||Adult £6.50, Child Under 5 Free, Child 5-16/Seniors £4.75, Family (2+2) £18.00.|
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Posted on by Alan CType of travel: Family
A really friendly attitude on the phone when we needed initial information. A real welcome when we got there and a very enthusiastic, informative tour guide.
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