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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 The tunnels were originally made to extract chalk and flint, but since the turn of the 20th century they have been used as an arsenal, an air-raid shelter, a dance venue, and even for mushroom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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  • A genuinely pleasant and interesting surprise. Living locally, I thought I'd give it a go, expecting a hum-drum trip with desperate guides trying to make it sound remotely interesting. I couldn't have...  more »
  • This is one of those weird slices of British culture you find far off the beaten track down in deepest south London. Decent value, historically quite interesting and good for kids. The only improvemen...  more »
  • Visited Chislehurst Caves today for the second time in 10 years. Our children are now 13 and 9 and fully appreciated the importance of the caves, historically and the various uses they have had over t...  more »
  • At only £6, it's quite an inexpensive tour for what you're given. Not too crowded, so very easy to hear and follow along with the guide in a fairly personalized way. Would have preferred to hear a little more about the Romans and the druids, but if you're a World War Two buff there's a lot of information about when the caves were used as an air raid shelter.
  • Really enjoyable visit - really great local feel to it. When we arrived we were just too late for the hourly tour as it was filled up but they ran extra tours to accommodate. Really nice (and reasonably priced) cafe to sit in while waiting. Tour was very enjoyable, and so atmospheric being lit by a trail of hurricane lanterns.
  • This place was great. At only £6 to get in, we enjoyed learning about the history of the caves (mines) from our really friendly and funny tour guide. I'd highly recommend it to anyone if you're nearby. It's ideal for visiting by train as it's a very short walk from the station.
  • Far better than I expected with an interesting tour (thanks Darren!) and more interesting features than anticipated. A good hour long tour and more time with the displays and the cafe.
  • An extensive underground cave network with a fascinating history, as revealed through guided tours that depart every hour on the hour. Our guide starts by showing us a map and explaining one section is carved into the chalk by druids, another by Saxons and another by Romans... I was half expecting to see the Crystal Dome in the centre! We proceed by the light of a gas lantern, as he recounts tales of WW2 air raids and also concerns underground by well known rock bands. Very entertaining and worthy of the high Trip Advisor rating. Note if you arrive late and miss the start of a tour there's not much around for entertainment until the next tour starts!

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