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 The tunnels were originally made to extract chalk and flint, but since the turn of the 20th century they have been used as an arsenal, an air-raid shelter, a dance venue, and even for mushroom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. 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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  • An exciting visit for grandparents who used to dance in the Caves in the 1960's, for parents to relive their visit with school in the 1980's and for grandchildren to learn a bit about the Second World...  more »
  • Easily accessible and good space in the car park. The tours are well organised, on the hour every hour each day. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, and made the tour very interesting. You walk along wi...  more »
  • Well priced and a very enjoyable time. The toir guide was factual and humourous and the caves held the attention of a curious 6 year old. The one thing i would say is pack a warm top as its stays at 9...  more »
  • Fantastic experience in the caves. Very interesting and little surprises here and there. Just wish it was longer and could walk more of the caves! There were some children in our group who were screaming to make people jump which was a little frustrating but expected as the tours are open to children and adults. Toilets and cafe available on site. Would definitely go back if there was an expansion tour.
  • Real hidden gem ran by a friendly team. Fun tour. David Bowie played here?? Hard to describe, but the place has an authentic "goonies" feel to it. Not sure if Molly the dog is a permanent fixture, but she likes chips (no sauce). Highly recommend if you are in the area - tours start every hour on the hour - see website - will occupy you for a good 2 hours (tour plus cafe). Cafe stopped serving hot food (apart from chips) in the afternoon, but there were plenty of other tasty items available at a very reasonable price. Good for adults and children.
  • A really great way to spend the afternoon on a short 15 mom train ride from London Bridge. The tour guides made the caves amazing and really enjoyable. You walk around with lanterns and it really adds to the aura. Recommend an afternoon walk in the very nearby Petts Wood.
  • Really neat visit. I went for the first tour of the day and was the only one, so I got a private tour. It's dark and you carry an oil lamp to light the way. Paths are winding. Guide was very friendly, and even let me hit the gong inside. He pointed out all sorts of neat things, from fossils to carvings done by temporary inhabitants. Would definitely recommend.
  • This was a great 'rainy day' activity. The guide was informative and entertaining. Entrance fees and the cafe were both very reasonable, and the gift shop had quite a few inexpensive items so the children were able to buy some souvenirs without spending loads. The only downside I could see was that access would be extremely challenging for anyone in a wheelchair or with difficulties walking.

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