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The caves at Chislehurst are a labyrinth of man made tunnels, forming a maze covering over 6 Hectares and are up to 30 metres below the homes and woodlands above.
They were dug for chalk, used in lime burning and brick making for the Building of London, also for flints to fire the tinderboxes and flintlock guns of years ago. First open to the public in 1900 as a showplace, the guides told the Victorians history of Romans, Druids and Saxons, Smuggling and Murder.
The last 100 years has added munitions storage for the Woolwich Arsenal in the1914-18 war. Mushroom growing in the 1920 & ‘30’s and becoming an underground town as the largest deep air-raid shelter outside London, protecting over 15000 people every night during the Blitz. In the 1950, ‘60’s and ‘70’s as a venue for dances and concerts, presenting the foundations of Jazz, Skiffle and Folk music to the most famous names in pop and rock.
And now, still as a tourist attraction & education centre with a gift shop and Café catering for visitors, group outings, evening functions and children’s parties.
OPENING TIMES AND PRICES CAR PARK Large free car park with space for buses and coaches.
Open from Wednesday to Sunday.
The 45 minute guided tours start hourly.
First tour 10:00am last tour 4:00pm.
During local school holidays, except Christmas, the caves are open every day.
For admission charges please see our website.
Unaccompanied children will not be admitted. Reduced rates for pre-booked groups.