Chislehurst Caves, Chislehurst
Categories: Caves, Nature & Parks
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 The tunnels were originally made to extract chalk and flint, but since the turn of the 20th century they have been used as an arsenal, an air-raid shelter, a dance venue, and even for mushroom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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Had a great time this afternoon visiting Chislehurst Caves. Our tour guide was funny, quirky and entertaining. He kept us interested by giving us great facts about the caves and also adding spooky bit... read more »
Checking their website before going would make you think that this is some cheap excuse for a tourist attraction, however I rate Chislehurst caves as good, if not better, than the Roman Baths or Stone... read more »
Took my 4 year old son for a day out which he enjoyed. Probably a little too young to understand everything but still able to know we were exploring old underground tunnels. The use of handheld lanter... read more »
This is a fantastic day out for the school holidays for older kids which is not weather dependent. I had three boys, they loved the pitch darkness and the lanterns, plus the fact that the tour guide had to keep counting our party to make sure none of us were lost! I was concerned about it being a mile long walk as I had just had knee surgery, but the pace is quite slow so it wasn't too difficult. The floor feels like cobblestones underfoot as it was once underwater, so do not wear your heels! Some areas are quite height restricted too so we had to bend down for a short part of the walk. Apparently there are many different routes which tour guides follow, so I would definitely return as it is reasonably priced. Beware, our kids came home plastered in chalk where they kept picking up bits of it en route, we had a chalk carving session at home afterwards which was extremely messy!
Interesting 1 hour tour of these ancient man-made caves. Cool and dark and fairly inexpensive, it's a perfect trip out for all ages when it's either raining or far too hot outside. Walking distance from Chislehurst station.
What a fantastic attraction! Absolutely cracking value for money. The tour guide was brilliant, but we didn't realise there are SIXTEEN different routes. I was a little disappointed that we didn't see the amazing sculpture, but nonetheless, it was an excellent tour. At one point, our guide turned all the lights off, and simulated bombing level noise to give an experience of what it was like during bombing... terrifying! I'd definitely consider going again, especially to do a different route. Strongly recommended.
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.
First time visiting, mum went there when she was tiny and said back then none of the housing was there. Either way wasn't hard to find at all. Had the 12:30 tour and tickets were only £6- such interesting history-I'd easily pay more. We had Jeff as our guide and he was very lovely. Humour to suit every age that was on our tour and gave those of us who were brave enough to go in the dark a scare! Brilliant experience and will definitely have to go back for the longer adults only Halloween tour! If you need me to play the lady in the White dress I'll happily do it!
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