Chislehurst Caves, Chislehurst

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#1 of 10 in Nature in Greater London
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 The tunnels were originally made to extract chalk and flint, but since the turn of the 20th century they have been used as an arsenal, an air-raid shelter, a dance venue, and even for mushroom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. Put Chislehurst Caves on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Chislehurst trip itinerary builder website .
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  • We made a last minute decision to visit Chislehurst Caves today and wasn’t disappointed. We have all been before (except my youngest) and still had a good time down there. Thank you to Ben, our tour g...  more »
  • Went there with friends and teenagers and they all loved the caves. It was very interesting how 15000 people lived in the cave system over the WWII and we even experienced how they’ve felt and what th...  more »
  • I went on the 14/03/2018. when i got there i was worried that i would be in a tour group with a school group but thankful they do tours with the pubic separate. when i arrived i was the only one on th...  more »
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  • This is a wonderful tourist attraction and documents the Second World War - English style. There are some more ancient and indeed, modern tales and the guides were excellent, friendly and did their work with great humour! Make sure you well and warmly dressed - flat soled shoes and dress warm. It's pretty cool down there!
  • Interesting guided tour by lamp light. History from the Iron Age to present day. You do need to be able to walk about a mile (in the caves) to get the most out of it. Friendly coffee / snack bar. Note no FLASH photography allowed on guided tours.
  • A lovely place to while away an hour and a half with the kids. The walk wasn't arduous and the guide was brilliant. Educational, fun and atmospheric.
  • Visited 31 March 2018. Easy to find close to Chislehurst station, own car park. Buy tickets £6 per adult. Tours are every hour or every half hour at busy times. We went on the first tour of the day and there were only 8 of us but if you go later then expect it to be busy. We were given a paraffin lantern for lighting to guide us through the cave as it's pitch black in there. Our guide, Desmond, had excellent knowledge of the cave's history. The tour was supposed to run for an hour but was closer to 1 and a half hours. I could have listened to another hour. Was very interesting and somewhere completely different to visit at reasonable price for a day out.
  • The cave experience was really nice. The guide gave good insights about the history of cave. Surprised how 15k people lived here during WW2
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