Chislehurst Caves

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The woodlands of Chislehurst hold a secret beneath their roots. Thirty metres below ground is a complex of man-made caves carved out of the chalk by Druids, Saxons and Romans. Since then the caves have been turned to all sorts of purposes, including an ammunition dump in World War I and a mushroom farm; during World War II, they acted as Britain’s largest bomb shelter. Most of the underground scenes in the TV series 'Merlin' were filmed here. The 45-minute lamplit tour covers a mile of the tunnels; children will enjoy locating the Druid Altar, the Caves Church and the Haunted Pool.
Venue name: Chislehurst Caves
Address: Old Hill

Opening hours: £6; £4 3-15s, reductions; under-3s free
Transport: Rail: Chislehurst rail
Price: 10am-4pm Wed-Sun
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This is a decent afternoon out, with an interesting history that includes wartime bunker space and a concert venue for the likes of Led Zeppelin in the '70s. The gift shop and statues are cheesy, so the kids will be all over them. If you're bunker-mad, I'd recommend going to Kelvedon Hatch in Essex or the Churchill-era bunker in Neasden first.

Sophie L
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Genuinely fascinating tour of a little known part of history. Expertly put together without being flashy, far more memorable than more mainstream tourist attractions.