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Chislehurst Caves, Chislehurst

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Use your guide and oil lamp at Chislehurst Caves to explore a network of man-made tunnels 30 m (98 ft) below the surface. The tunnels were originally made to extract chalk and flint, but since the turn of the 20th century they have been used as an arsenal, an air-raid shelter, a dance venue, and even for mushroom cultivation. Take the guided tour to explore the labyrinth, learn the folklore, and get a few surprises along the way. Only groups need to book in advance. The tour is about 1.6 km (1 mi) long and lasts about 50 minutes. The rough terrain is not very accessible, but possible with a strong pusher. For Chislehurst Caves and beyond, use our Chislehurst travel itinerary maker to get the most from your Chislehurst vacation.
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  • Finally got to visit the caves today, which are just behind the station. There are 22 miles of caves which have been in use for more than 2000 years. Our tour guide, John, gave a fantastic tour with a...  more »
  • A guided tour around Chislehurst Caves which have a long and varied history. The area has a complex set of tunnels (hence the guide) which have been used for a number of purposes over the years. The g...  more »
  • Took the kids aged 11,10,9 & 8 to the caves on Tuesday during the Easter break and we were pleasantly surprised. The guide was knowledgeable engaging and had us all in stitches. Turns out the children...  more »
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  • I think the caves need to be more known to the public. It is a great hidden place to visit one afternoon. The caves are huge, I couldn't believe how large it was. The tour was very fun and slightly scary. The guide was very good fun and obviously had a great passion for those caves. Highly recomended for all ages to learn about some history that most do not know about.
  • A curious and quirky throwback to a bye-gone era with the cheesiest tableau imaginable. Ne'er a tongue in cheek in sight. Our guide spoke with an accent and in a dialect approximating English, upping the entertainment value considerably. Monty Python would adore this place. You be scratching your head for weeks. Jolly family fun, fair value to boot and a splendid time guaranteed for all. So, roll up, roll up.
  • Great way to spend an hour! Tour was really interesting and guide was amazing, you could tell he really loved his job! Entrance fee only £6 for adults - very reasonable.
  • Great place for a different half day out. The caves are steeped in history through so many eras. Go on the long tour but beware the need to duck your head!
  • Interesting local find. 22 miles of interconnected man made caves varying from 4000 to 1500 years old. Built by the Druids, Romans and Saxons. The tour takes you on a mile long walk through all three areas and lasts just under an hour. Very interesting facts revealed about the use of the caves, and how they have been used over the years. From being used as an air raid shelter, to a rock concert venue. Our guide was full of information and made the tour entertaining. Good for children 4 and above. Take good shoes as the floor can be uneven in places.