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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 The tunnels were originally made to extract chalk and flint, but since the turn of the 20th century they have been used as an arsenal, an air-raid shelter, a dance venue, and even for mushroom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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Chislehurst Caves reviews

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  • I visited Chislehurst caves today and really enjoyed it. The tour lasts for for around 50 minutes. Our tour guide Jamie was amazing, funny, entertaining, knowledgeable and very engaging. For future....  more
    I visited Chislehurst caves today and really enjoyed it. The tour lasts for for around 50 minutes. Our tour guide Jamie was amazing, funny, entertaining, knowledgeable and very engaging. For future....  more »
  • Excellent day out. Throughly enjoyed the day. Wear good footwear and a warm coat. You wouldn't belive this was there 
    Excellent day out. Throughly enjoyed the day. Wear good footwear and a warm coat. You wouldn't belive this was there  more »
  • Thoroughly enjoyable visit. We had a very knowledge guide, who gave an hour tour down in the caves. Incredible how people lived down there in WWII. Very good display area also at reception. Clean....  more
    Thoroughly enjoyable visit. We had a very knowledge guide, who gave an hour tour down in the caves. Incredible how people lived down there in WWII. Very good display area also at reception. Clean....  more »
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  • Lovely 1 mile walk through the caves with a sometimes nice but very grumpy snappy tour guide providing the history of the caves, although we dare ask a question! Lit up by the adults carrying real lanterns which makes this an exceptional experience for the family. Tour is about 1 hour, wear masks whilst inside and please dont wake the cat whose snoozing in the office. There is a cafe providing a varied menu, suitable for all, ice creams and drinks, large car park and toilets. Easy to get to and a Harvester is nearby if you prefer a more substantial menu for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Yes I would go again.
  • This was an wonderful experience with a knowledgeable, funny and interactive tour guide. The cafe has good food as well and a welcoming atmosphere. The caves at Chislehurst in Kent, are a labyrinth of man-made tunnels, forming a maze covering over 6 Hectares and are up to 30 metres below the surface! In World War 2 up to 15 000 people stayed there sheltering from the bombing 💣 of London!
  • The place isn't hard to find taking in account where it's situated. Had a nice time here too bad the tour isn't longer. Walking with the petroleum lamp makes you feel more close to the underground feeling. Was interesting to learn that famous people held concerts underground. It's amazing what people dug the tunnels back in the time without technology. It can get chilli. Next to the caves you'll The Labyrinthe where you can have role play fun. Coming with public transport closest stops are Chislehurts Train Station and bus stop Chislehurts Station (stop A and B). The caves are 10 minute walk.
  • I recently had a tour here and l found the caves very interesting. The tour lasted about 50 mins and the guide was very knowledgeable. While on the tour you are not allowed to take photos/videos of the cave or use any flash. I would recommend wearing good shoes and taking a jumper as it is cold underground even if it is a warm day. Take a lamp for light and warmth too! There is a cafe selling food and drinks and a shop too.
  • We were today. Makes an amazing impression, you can feel all the energy accumulated there, the place has many interesting and terrifying stories at the same time. Definitely worth visiting. In the cafe you can eat a tasty burger with fries or have a good coffee.

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