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Reigate Caves Tunnel Road - TEMPORARILY CLOSED, Reigate
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Visited last Saturday 10/09/2016. We took our 4 year old here as we thought it was something different and we all found it amazing and really interesting. One cave that you pay I believe around £3 for... read more »
Obviously suitable in all weathers. There are 3 sets of caves, 1 you take round yourself and the other 2 you are guided round. They are really mines containing good quality sand for use in glass. I le... read more »
Went down both East and West caves open for Reigate Heritage weekend. Great experience especially the history of the caves during WW2 and the simulated air raid in a Anderson shelter. Only negative wa... read more »
Reigate Caves/Sand Mines it's a perfect place to take the family for something different in Surrey . Open 2nd Saturday of the month May to September only. Times 10:00--16:00. There is also a small scale local museum on wartime air raid shelters and a good CMGR plate rail exhibition with a stone quarry display. 3rd century Roman tile kiln found in Reigate. Why not visit and then have a drink or meal in the town .
The two caves in Tunnel road are spacious with no low places, easy walking with just a few steps - but not many! All three caves open in Reigate are completely different. Tunnel Road East is part a museum of local history and two of it's themes are on the School curriculum - the second world war at home and the cold war. The back half of the cave has a very laid back atmosphere - the sandstone absorbs noise and it's very still and totally quiet. It's quite different from what you might expect and is regularly used as a set by film crews apparently - as is Baron's cave - which is 900 years old and a scheduled ancient monument, with tales of the Kings that visited the Castle above and who may have inspected the large Baron's chamber. Installed after last years open days in East, there is a world war two blitz experience which is very atmospheric and show what it would be like for a family to shelter during an air raid. Tunnel Road West has very atmoshperic large chambers in the back half discretly well lit to maximise effect. Used as an ammunition store in the first world war and both tunnel caves as air raid shelters in the second. Afterwards it's interesting to see the door at the back of the Market Stores pub with 'Tunnels' on it and a c. 1900 enamel sign by it discovered recently in a rarely visited part of the cave system, probably from a cycle shop which used one of the caves at that time. The stores have their own cave but this is rarely open. Worth doing all three - the two tunnel caves and Baron's a short - say max 4 minutes walk away.
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