Deep under the streets of London lays a little-known slice of history. With hourly tours by candlelight you can discover the ancient chambers and labyrinthine tunnels of the Chislehurst Caves in a mysterious and interactive manner. Brought to life by mannequins and displays, you'll learn about the maze's history with every step as well as marvelling at the ornate and gothic carvings that the looming walls display.
Once used by the Druids, Romans and Saxons for smuggling and murder, the caves have since provided storage for the Woolwich Arsenal in World War I, mushroom growing in the 20s and 30s and was used as the largest deep air raid shelter in the country during the blitz, protecting over 15, 000 people. In the 60s and 70s the caves were used as a venue for dance and musical events. Chalk from the caves was also used to build London through lime burning and brick-making.
Tours last for 45-50 minutes and there is no need to book, unless you are in a large group.
Wednesday - Sunday, Bank Holidays: 10am - 4pm
N.B The caves remain open every day during the school holidays.
Adult rate: £6
Senior rate (60+): £4
Child rate: £4
Chislehurst Caves, Caveside Close, Old Hill, Chiselhurst, Kent, Various-Locations, BR7 5NLView Larger Map
- Mature Travellers
- Families With Children
- Off The Beaten Path
- Cultural Experience