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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Zoe F

Great day out for children and adults alike, I vaguely remember coming as a child before visiting again more recently - I wouldn't say its suitable for children of a nervous disposition, but as a parent you should know your children well enough to make this judgement call. Very interesting guided tour of part of the caves to hear about the people who sheltered here in WW2 (my grandma as a child being one of them!) as well as the spooky ghost stories - the caves have featured on TV's "Most Haunted" show, though this isn’t a scare attraction there is an eerie atmosphere but nothing too sinister. A little warning, as the caves are underground it does get cold down there! I consider the admission price reasonable for a local historic attraction, conveniently located near the station with lots of nice pubs in the area to go to for lunch or a drink after.


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.

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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.