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 The tunnels were originally made to extract chalk and flint, but since the turn of the 20th century they have been used as an arsenal, an air-raid shelter, a dance venue, and even for mushroom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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  • We called their number and the message said they were open 7 days a week. Paid 48 pounds to take the train to Chiselhurst only to learn that they are closed on Mon and Tues. Thanks for being such a gr...  more »
  • I was very surprised. Great guide. Ticket price cheaply. I do not recommend with children less than 3 years because they are wystrzaly and the child can be scared. A lot to watch but you have something to assume because the cold. The coffee shop was very nice. In the shop also a lot of gadgets and prices like London cheaply.
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  • Those caves are certainly very interesting to see if you are looking for something to do away from Central London but still commutable. These caves are man made and served as a shelter for people to survive during the wars. The tours are only with a guide, as there are so many tunnels and junctions that one would easily get lost in no time. And due to the nature of it being caves, some spots are in absolute darkness. The tour guide was super friendly, experienced and had lots of interesting stories to tell about those caves. We have been shown the dorms and the church down there, which was super interesting to see, as people made the best out their situation. It is hard to imagine to live in total darkness for quite some time, and the only light source being your torch. The guides provide with oil lamps which you carry throughout your whole visit. Our visit duration was about 2-3 hours. But you might have to add 1 hour waiting time to it, as they only let a certain amount of groups into those caves. Parking was adequate for us, but there is the Chislehurst train station literally next door, so arriving there by public transport is no problem at all. The trains are coming from London Bridge Station, and it take about 30-45 minutes to get there.
  • Went with my husband, daughter and grandchildren, aged 6 and 10. The person who did the tour was great, he made it interesting and fun. Chislehurst caves have a small gift shop and a lovely cafe. The food was very good value, and they make their own cakes etc! Good parking right outside. Would definitely recommend a visit!
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